Qantas's next Airbus A380 will be delivered over a month later than scheduled due to continuing production problems at the manufacturer, says the airline.

The aircraft, which will be the airline's fourth of the type, was due for delivery at the end of May, says Qantas. "Airbus has advised us that, due to production issues, it will not be delivered until mid-July. It is now scheduled to enter service at the end of July," it adds.

Qantas recently deferred its seventh to 10th A380 deliveries by up 10-12 months because of the economic downturn, but is still taking three aircraft this year.

"After number four in July, we will take another two by the end of the year," it says.

Source: Flight International