has described the current phase of its ramp-up in A380 production as entering a
critical stage after writing to customers to clarify its current review of the
spokesman for the manufacturer says the review is standard practice for this
stage of a programme ramp-up and stresses that the letter makes no mention of
any changes to the delivery schedule.
has written to the airlines to update the situation after Airbus CEO Tom
Enders’ recent disclosure that a major review was currently taking place.
spokesman says the letter reiterates that the production schedule for the A380
“has been challenging and continues to be challenging”, noting it is entering a
refers to moving from ‘wave one’ aircraft to ‘wave two’ aircraft, which
involves transitioning to an industrial manufacturing process and installing redesigned
electrical harnesses in the jets.
any programme transitioning it is standard practice to have the review,” says
the spokesman. Airbus last month passed the power-on milestone for the first of
its ‘wave two’ aircraft, serial number MSN026.
sources expect the review to take around two weeks. The manufacturer’s A380
production plan calls for 13 deliveries this year and 25 in 2009, with output
then stabilising from 2010 at the maximum planned rate of 45 a year.