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Published: Wed, October 4, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



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Airbus jet delayed

PARIS -- Airbus parent EADS said Tuesday that the flagship A380 superjumbo jet will be delayed for another year and Virgin Atlantic and Emirates -- the plane's biggest customer -- hinted that the new setbacks could lead to order cancellations.

In a statement issued after its second board meeting in four days, EADS said the latest delays will cut an extra 2.8 billion euros ( 3.6 billion) off operating profit and announced a restructuring plan to cut costs and boost productivity at Airbus.

Airbus sees "no significant signs" that cancellations are likely from any of its A380 customers, CEO Christian Streiff said during a conference call with reporters and analysts. "Until now, everybody's still on board."

But Dubai-based Emirates signaled that its bumper 45-plane order, worth over 13 billion at list prices, could be in doubt after suffering a further delay of 10 months.




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