Air France-KLM chief criticises flagship programme delays

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Air France-KLM chief executive Pierre-Henri Gourgeon has criticised both Airbus and Boeing for schedule slips in their flagship aircraft programmes.

Gourgeon, speaking to ATI on board Air France's inaugural Airbus A380 service between Johannesburg and Paris, complained that the arrival of the carrier's second double-deck aircraft had been delayed for two months.

"We're waiting for the third," he adds. "The fourth will also be delayed."

He says both Airbus, with the A380, and Boeing with its 787 had been "a bit enthusiastic" about their capabilities, and been "inconsistent" with delivery schedules.

"Marketing people were selling schedules of delivery which were not [realistic] for the technicians," he says. "I hope they will come to more consistency in the future because it's truly a problem for customers."