50 SKY SHADES - World aviation news

Airbus Says Deliveries on Target Despite Cabin Delays

Download: Printable PDF Date: 08 Oct 2015 00:14 category:
Airbus Says Deliveries on Target Despite Cabin Delays - Manufacturer publisher
Tatjana Obrazcova
Country: France Aircraft: Airplanes
Source: Reuters

Airbus is on track to meet its delivery targets this year despite delays at cabin suppliers, Fabrice Bregier, head of the European planemaker, said on Wednesday.

Bregier criticized suppliers whose delays have disrupted some plane deliveries and said the problems went beyond French seat supplier Zodiac Aerospace, which has had a series of high-profile production delays and profit warnings.

"The majority of them are very good at marketing and selling and less good at certifying and crap at producing," Bregier told a group of journalists.

"Zodiac has had its difficulties. It seems they are reacting appropriately. It is never fast enough for us or for the airlines; this is clear. I hope they will get through that, but they are not the only one," he said.

"I would say half a dozen would be right, and not only small ones," he said, asked how many suppliers were affected.

The CEO of the planemaking division of Airbus Group was speaking after delivering an A350-900 to Finnair, the first European operator of the company's new long-haul jet.

Finnair CEO Pekka Vauramo told Reuters there had been no problems with the delivery of seats for the aircraft, which were supplied by Zodiac. The aircraft will fly on Asian routes and boasts the first ladies-only toilet on an airliner.

The larger Airbus A350-1000 aircraft model is on track for its first delivery in mid-2017, Bregier said.

He also said a recent glitch with a Pratt & Whitney engine during flight testing of the smaller A320neo in the United Arab Emirates would not threaten first delivery of the re-engined narrowbody jet before the end of the year.

"We are in the final phase of flight testing. ... Was it as smooth as we expected? No. Does it mean that we will fail? No. We will deliver," Bregier said.

Bregier said talks with Canadian planemaker Bombardier were "no longer a point of interest", saying he had nothing to add to an overnight statement by Airbus Group.

The Airbus parent called off talks with Bombardier over propping up the troubled CSeries jet after word of the negotiations leaked out.

Loading comments for Airbus Says Deliveries on Target Despite Cabin Delays...


A very fortunate person to work in aviation which is his passion - Bennet Walsh

Industry events are an amazing source of meetings, of discoveries, of learning new things. Thanks to MEBAA Conference Morocco, 50skyshades had a perfect opportunity to discuss with Mr....

First Air Astana Airbus A321 Long Range aircraft presented at ceremony in Nur-Sultan

Air Astana presented its first Airbus A321 Long Range (LR) aircraft at a ceremony held in the airline’s technical centre at Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport . The airline is the f...

British Airways First UK airline to offset Carbon Emissions on flights within the UK from 2020

From January 2020, British Airways will become the first UK airline to offset carbon emissions on all its flights within the UK.  All customers flying within the UK next year on flights operat...

New CAE and easyJet training centre inaugurated in Milan

CAE Milan centre for training more than 2,000 easyJet pilots from all over Europe is open! CAE and easyJet inaugurated the new centre alongside local Italian and Canadian government officials....