UPGRADE 1-Airbus chief states A350 shipment objective is a difficulty

An Airbus logo design is imagined on the company booth during the European Business Aeronautics Convention & & Exhibit (EBACE) at Cointrin airport in Geneva, Switzerland, May 24, 2016.

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Jet faces an obstacle to satisfy shipment targets for the A350 jet this year due to issues with providers, the head of the European planemaker said in remarks published on Wednesday. Airplane still needs to deliver a minimum of 41 of the new long-haul jets to reach a target of more than 50 for the entire year, after a slow start blamed partly on lacks of seats and lavatories. “The target stays an obstacle due to the fact that some of our industrial partners are experiencing problems,” Fabrice Bregier, president and CEO of the planemaking department of Airplane Group (AIR.PA) informed France’s La Tribune daily in an interview. Asked whether this indicated problems and delays with cabin equipment from France’s Zodiac Aerospace (ZODC.PA) remained unresolved, Bregier said: “The scenario is improving, however inadequate to enable us to satisfy all our commitments. Enhancement strategies have actually been launched, however too late”.

Zodiac said on Tuesday the operational efficiency of its Cabin branch continued to be affected by issues with lavatories for the Plane A350, but that delays in seat production were coming under control. Bregier expressed higher optimism about production of the smaller A320neo, stating problems with Pratt & & Whitney (UTX.N) engines were being repaired and Airplane intended to overtake delivery strategies in the second half of the year.

” It is possible, even if it is a stretch,” he stated. Bregier stated Plane did not yet have enough guarantees of orders to commit to a possible bigger variation of the A350 to take on Boeing’s 406-seat 777-9, which conversations of an engine revamp of the slow-selling A380 were on hold for now.

( This version of the story corrects Bregier’s given name in the 3rd paragraph.) (Reporting by Tim Hepher; Editing by Mark Potter).

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