Engine checks drive down Airbus A380 delivery target

Airbus will miss its target of delivering 20 A380 superjumbos this year after assembly line disruption following an engine fire on a Qantas aircraft last month.

The manufacturer expects to deliver 19 of the giant double decker aircraft, which cost more than $346 million each.

The disruption is likely to spill over into 2011 as the Qantas incident has forced Airbus to juggle its A380 delivery schedule.

This is due to engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce inspecting and modifying its parts on aircraft on the production line.

Airbus has also had to replace seats on some aircraft after Japanese manufacturer Koito Industries admitted to falsifying the results of safety checks.

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