And it begins…US Airways delays A350 deliveries

Some big news out of US Airways today. But you’ve got to look hard to find it. Go to page 56 of the carrier’s latest SEC filing. That’s where the Star Alliance member reveals its plan to delay the start of delivery of its 22 A350 XWBs until 2015 (as well as a few other gems). Check out my story now running on Flight.

Is this the first A350 delivery delay by a carrier? And does it foretell of things to come?

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2 Responses to And it begins…US Airways delays A350 deliveries

  1. Sturmovik October 28, 2008 at 9:37 am #

    I could see a few other carriers doing this, IT to name one.. But from a cursory glance this seems like a win-win for US and Airbus, considering the $200m as well as the possibility to re-market some of the early slots (LH, AF/KL, IB all have fleet decisions pending).. I doubt if this was initiated by Airbus, though. Any insights on that?

  2. Mary Kirby October 28, 2008 at 10:49 am #

    I suppose it’s still early days, although a rather fierce debate is now happening on airliners.net about it all. Nothing like a little controversy on a Tuesday morning. I think the timing of O’Keeffe’s article about Airbus under scrutiny for its choice of A350 composites is particularly interesting in light of all the hubbub…. http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2008/10/28/317879/airbus-urged-to-rethink-composite-material-choice-for-a350.html