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Airbus’ rival for Boeing Dreamliner hitting more delays

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Feb. 29, 2012 at 12:23 pm with No Comments »
February 29, 2012 12:23 pm

Delays seem to be the keyword these days in the airliner business.

Not only did Boeing and Airbus see big delays delivering that last two new airplanes, the 787 Dreamliner and the A380, but now it looks like there may be another postponement.

Irish airline Aer Lingus CEO Christoph Mueller this week told Aviation Week he expects to see further delays in the first deliveries of Airbus’ new A350 beyond the six months Airbus has already announced.

Aer Lingus has nine Airbus A350-900s on order with the first due to be delivered in 2015. The A350-900 is a rival to Boeing’s 787 and 777 aircraft. Its slightly larger than the 787, but somewhat smaller than the 777.

The first A350, like the 787 largely built of composites, has yet to take its first flight. Airbus now is projecting first deliveries will be in 2014.

Boeing 787 was more than three years behind schedule for its first delivery last fall. Both manufacturers have cited supplier problems as part of the reason for the delays.

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