As the first A380 superjumbo delivered by Airbus touched down in Singapore, it emerged that production of a new military airlifter has been hit by hold-ups.
The double-decker A380 was handed over to Singapore Airlines in Toulouse, France, on Monday after a delay of 18 months.
Now, the new military A400M airlifter has problems with development of its engine.
There have been 189 orders for the A380, which is the world’s largest passenger plane and can seat up to 800 people. Airbus says it expects new orders next year from Air India and Air China.
Airbus’s parent company EADS said deliveries of the A400M airlifter will be delayed by at least six months and perhaps by up to a year.
The first A400M was to have been delivered to the French army in October 2009.
The A400M is Europe’s response to US company Lockheed’s ageing C-130 Hercules transport plane.
The project was launched by seven countries in May 2003.