04 October 2006
Airbus has confirmed a further delay to the deliveries of the 19 A380 aircraft ordered by Singapore Airlines.
The first A380 will now be scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2007, and deliveries of subsequent aircraft will occur in 2008 and beyond.
The delays are disappointing; all the more so because the flight test and certification programme is proceeding well, and the delays are down to production issues.
Singapore Airlines is assessing the impact that the delays, just notified, will have on forward capacity growth, and assessing options to mitigate the situation
However, new capacity will be injected to the Singapore Airlines fleet, with the first of 19 Boeing 777-300ER aircraft being delivered in November 2006. Six of these aircraft will be delivered before the end of 2006, and ten will be in service by mid-2007.
Pursuant to the Agreement between Airbus and Singapore Airlines, compensation will be provided. Terms of the contract remain confidential between the parties.
Singapore Airlines will remain the First to Fly the new super-jumbo, and, as was the case under the former delivery schedule, will receive the first four aircraft.
[Edited 2006-10-04 07:23:34]