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Airbus scales back A380 delivery rate.(NewsBriefs)(Brief article)

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Airbus last month announced the fourth delay to the A380 program, stating that the "steep ramp-up" envisioned for later this year will take more "time and resources," forcing it to lower 2008 deliveries from 13 to 12, 2009 deliveries from 25 to 21 and 2010 deliveries from 42 to as few as 30. "To build one aircraft in two years is one thing, but to double that, then double it again [proved problematic]," CEO Tom Enders said.

Enders attributed the problem to the transition from "low rate ... Wave 1" production to "the full serial design and manufacturing process called Wave 2," and in particular to the inability to transition key personnel and resources quickly between the two. …

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