Airbus plays down impact of Qantas A380 deferral

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Airbus has played down the impact on A380 production of the decision by Australian carrier Qantas to defer delivery of its final six of the type.

Qantas announced on 16 August that it was pushing back delivery of its last A380s by up to six years, with it receiving them in the 2018 to 2021 time frame.

However, Airbus said that the deferral will not "put the profitability or performance of the A380 into question".

It remains confident that other customers will fill the available slots and there will be no disruption to production.

Qantas's A380 fleet will reach 12 aircraft by the end of 2011 and 14 by the middle of 2013, part of its order for a total of 20 of the type.

Airbus said that the two year notice of the deferral gives it sufficient time to adjust its production schedule.