Airbus aims for 25 A380 deliveries despite Trent hitch

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EADS is still aiming for 25 Airbus A380 deliveries this year but acknowledges that availability of Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines remains a hurdle.

Supply of Trent 900s was affected by strong demand for replacements in the wake of the Qantas in-flight engine failure last year, and subsequently by the Japanese earthquake which hit the manufacturing chain.

EADS chief Louis Gallois said the availability of engines had been a "challenge" with "some difficulties" in sourcing Trent 900s, and required adjustment of the assembly schedule.

He said this "could have an impact" until the beginning of 2012 but the company was "still on 25" regarding the number of expected A380 deliveries in 2011.