The article in general is a description of the recent crisis at Airbus and its parent, EADS and reviews by-now well-trodden ground concerning various instances of finger-pointing concerning the issue of the latest delay.
Toward the end of the piece, however, it is claimed that the initial six-month delay, as well as the current one, was attributable to problems relating to wiring harnesses from assemblies shipped from Airbus' facilities in Hamburg, Germany that could not be properly threaded at Toulouse, France. The article states that at the time, it was believed by some that the problems would pass.
However, the Airbus announcement on June 13 of a fresh delay of another six or seven months sent EADS fortunes reeling. According to an Airbus executive, the wiring had become "even worse," and fuselage sections from Hamburg could not be mated with other fuselage parts when they arrived in Toulouse.
"Why hasn't someone got this right in the last year?" the Airbus executive said. "I don't know."
In the above, I note that the article apparently cites instances wherein there were mismatches relating to not only wiring harneses, but also fuselage sections. Until I read the article, I had not known that this could have been factor in A380's production difficulties.
[Edited 2006-06-27 09:13:18]