Airbus confirms delivery delay of 12 A380 jets to Emirates

Airbus will postpone deliveries of 12 A380s to Emirates Airline that were scheduled to take place over the next two years. Emirates is the world's largest customer and operator of the A380, with orders for more than 140 of the aircraft.

In November, Emirates said it was having some unspecified technical issues with Rolls-Royce engines for the A380 jets.

The aircraft maker said that the delay in delivery of the double-decker aircraft follows an agreement it reached with engine supplier Rolls-Royce Holdings plc (RYCEF.PK, RR.L, RYCEY.PK) and a consecutive agreement with Dubai-based Emirates. Rolls-Royce is approached to motorize the A380neo if one day Airbus launches this program.

The news comes after Hawaiian has announced an anticipated three-month delay on a delivery of A321neos from Airbus, months after the European plan manufacturer appeared to be getting back on track to its 2016 delivery goals.

But Emirates is not elaborating on the delivery situation in 2017, following Airbus's disclosure that the carrier will defer six A380s due next year, and another six due in 2018. At the beginning of the year, Airbus said it had delivered 27 A380s in 2015, a level it planned to maintain in 2016 and 2017. "Further fixed cost reduction initiatives will be accelerated so the impact on break-even in 2017 is minimal", the company said.

  • Zachary Reyes