TOULOUSE – Airbus has announced that final assembly of the first A350 XWB has slipped to the first quarter of 2012, with service entry of the new majority composite widebody with launch customer Qatar Airways to the first half of 2014, the Airbus parent EADS has announced in its third quarter results.
Breaking: Airbus A350 service entry slips to first half of 2014 (Update3)
November 10, 2011 by
Further, EADS has announced a €200 million charge on the program.
The company has cited the “maturity of the A350 XWB main components” as Airbus primary focus, though no other details about the reasons for the slip have been released yet.
Few details are expected to be released at this point by EADS, though a small contingent of journalists (including this one) is in Toulouse, site of the A350 final assembly line, for a comprehensive day of briefings that is expected to explain the current state of the program.