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Tue 12 Jan 2010 11:38 AM

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Airbus aims to double A380 production in 2010

Company chief says he aims to deliver 20 A380s this year, four per month in future.

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus aims to double output of its new A380 superjumbo in 2010, its chief operating officer Fabrice Breguier said on Tuesday.

"Airbus's objective is to double A380 deliveries in 2010," Breguier was quoted as saying the French business daily Les Echos. In 2008, Airbus delivered 12 of the superjumbos.

"Our objective is deliver 20 A380s this year, attaining a stable rate of two planes per month in the second half of the year," he told the paper.

His comments come as Airbus and airlines that fly the superjumbo are working to eradicate technical bugs that dogged the jet in recent months.

Emirates Airline, the biggest buyer of the A380, delayed by several hours a South Korea to Dubai flight this week after fuel system glitches.

The incident affected 420 passengers and was one of at least eight since September on A380s, as malfunctions from the fuel supply to the engine forced delays or detours.

Breguier said the company's industrial capacity should allow them to eventually complete four of the aircraft per month, but "a lot remains done to streamline the production process and, in the longer term achieve a more systematic standardisation."

Production of the superjumbos has been delayed by the lack of integration between the company's various production sites.

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