SIA expects delayed 11th A380 to arrive in Q3

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Singapore Airlines (SIA) now expects to receive its 11th Airbus A380 in this year's third quarter, after the aircraft's delivery was delayed due to problems with Japanese seat-maker Koito Industries.

The Star Alliance carrier is scheduled to receive four more A380s in its current fiscal year, ending 31 March 2011, says its CEO Chew Choon Seng.

"The delivery schedule has factored in the delay and has taken it into consideration," he adds.

SIA's 11th A380 was supposed to be delivered in January.

Koito, which is supplying the business-class seats, was ordered by Japanese authorities earlier this year to review its business operations after it was found to have falsified safety test results for seats on in-service aircraft.

As a result, airlines including SIA and Thai Airways International have had the deliveries of some aircraft delayed because Koito has not provided the seats.

"We are working on arrangements to have the seats expedited," says Chew.

SIA expects to receive its 12th and 13th A380 in the fourth quarter of this year, and its 14th in the first quarter of 2011, says Chew. The airline has nine A380s on firm order.