The boss of Airbus has pledged to maintain increased production of A380 superjumbos despite cracks found in parts of the wings of some aircraft.

Chief executive Tom Enders said: “Despite the issue right now with the cracks in the wing ribbed feet we’re maintaining our planned increase in production. Meanwhile, our A380 network continues to grow.”

Malaysia Airlines and Thai Airways International are to take delivery of A380s this year, adding to the 69 already in service with seven airlines.

Enders was speaking at the Singapore Airshow where it was revealed that the Asia-Pacific region will account for deliveries of 9,370 new aircraft worth $1.3 trillion over the next 20 years.

John Leahy, chief operating officer for customers at Airbus, said: “That’s good news for Airbus and the region alike.

“Asia-Pacific is second to none when it comes to current and future business prospects and aviation growth will bring increased trade and significant wealth creation into the region.”