Kingfisher A380s and A350s delayed: Airbus

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Airbus has confirmed that deliveries of Kingfisher Airlines' Airbus A380 and A350 aircraft will be delayed.

The deliveries were postponed as pre-delivery payments would be "a financial burden" on the cash-strapped carrier, said John Leahy, Airbus' chief operating officer for customers, speaking at an event in Toulouse last week.

He adds that the delays were initiated "a while back". He declined to say which party requested the deferral, or when the aircraft will now be delivered.

Kingfisher, which has never turned a profit, was the first Indian carrier to place firm orders for the aircraft types in 2005. It has five A380s and five A350s on order.

The carrier is facing severe financial difficulties and suspended all international services in March.