Airbus’ flagship superjumbo faces another setback after a challenge between customer Emirates and motor maker Rolls-Royce delays delivery associated with 12 aircraft.
Airbus has announced delays in the shipping of 12 A380 aircraft in order to its major customer Emirates, subsequent an agreement between the airline and motor manufacturer Rolls-Royce.
6 aircraft expected to be delivered within 2017 will now be delayed till 2018, with a further six eventually delayed until 2018.
The delay stems from a difference between the superjumbo’ s largest client and the provider of its Trent nine hundred engines, which had suffered from “ technical issues” according to Emirates chief executive Tim Clark.
In Nov 2016 Clark told a press briefing: “ We want the motors as promised in the contract. ” However , at the time it was not anticipated that these issues would delay shipping of the aircraft as it would hold off the model’ s supply string.
At the time Clark furthermore said: “ We have made simply no hard and fast decisions about fleeting pull down. We’re hoping to get a quality to this very quickly. ”
Rolls-Royce had responded: “ We have been working with Emirates and Airbus to fulfill the planned entry into provider of the Trent-powered A380s within the Emirates fleet. ”
Due to this setback, Airbus has declared that it will accelerate “ further set cost reduction initiatives … therefore the impact on break-even in 2017 is certainly minimal”.
However , the particular Toulouse-headquartered giant maintained that the target to deliver about 12 A380s per year from 2018 remains on the right track.
It is another whack for Airbus and its flagship airplane, earlier in 2016 chief working officer Tom Williams admitted towards the Telegraph that the programme “ will not be profitable” because of multi-billion lb development costs.