Airbus will further delay the delivery of the first A380 aircraft, the double-decker mammoth, to China Southern Airlines until 2011. It was due to be delivered before the Asian Games, to be held in Guangzhou from November 11 to 27, 2010.
Sources said that the delivery had been delayed again due to the insufficiency of client resources, a technological issue concerning the aircraft and unsatisfactory airport equipment. Which is a fairly broad field.
These problems can be solved. For example, the airport based in Guangzhou is busy upgrading its ground equipment, including dedicated parking stands for A380s.
But the delay means that Airbus may have to pay $250 million as compensation to the airline — the amount depending on the apportionment of blame — and, according to analysts, the money would be used to purchase another A380.
The most probable reason for the delay was that given by China Southern Airlines Chairman Si Xianmin. He said that with sluggish demand, his airway would rein in capacity expansion by various means, including reduction of dated aircrafts and postponed receipt of upcoming aircraft including the A380.
Trading Markets said Airbus is making major progress in China in both sales and cooperative manufacture.