Airbus Says No Further A380 Cancellations

There have been no fresh cancellations for the Airbus A380, a senior official at Airbus parent EADS said, adding that the company is seeking ways to find the solutions with customers given the delays that plagued the superjumbo.

Christian Duhain, international head at European Aeronautic Defense and Space Agency, or EADS, said discussions were not focused on compensation at this stage.

"It is not a matter of compensation but it is a matter of working together to find a solution," he told reporters late Tuesday, according to the national news agency Bernama.

Airbus was dealt a setback two weeks ago when FedEx Corp. became the first company to pull out of its order for 10 of the A380s. Instead, it decided to buy 15 Boeing Co. 777 freighters.

"There (are) no cancellations other than FedEex," Duhain said, according to Bernama. "We are always discussing with our customers what is the best solution for them as we are trying to find ways of cooperating."

Airbus shocked investors and customers in June by blaming wiring problems for pushing back delivery of the 555-seater A380's production delay by a year. Then in early October it doubled the holdup to a total of two years and said it would cost parent company EADS US$6 billion (euro4.68 billion) in lost profits over four years.

Airbus has received orders for 166 superjumbo jets. Singapore Airlines will be the first carrier to fly the superjumbo after it receives its first plane in October next year - a year later than originally planned.

On Tuesday, another EADS subsidiary, Eurocopter, officially opened its regional maintenance center on the outskirts of Malaysia's largest city, Kuala Lumpur.

Eurocopter said it will expand its center by next year to cater for the expanding regional market for helicopters.

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