The delivery of the first Airbus A350 to China Airlines has been delayed. Due to ongoing delays caused by problems in Airbus’ supply chain the delivery that was schedulded for July is now delayed by at least three months, meaning that the Taiwan-based carrier will not be adding the Airbus A350 to its fleet until September 2016.
Delays affect China Airlines network
The carrier has 14 Airbus A350-900 aircraft on order, 4 of which were scheduled to be delivered in 2016. It is likely that some of these deliveries will slip into 2017. The aircraft are supposed to make China Airlines more competitive on routes to Europe. Delays in deliveries mean that China Airlines’ route network is affected.
Airbus missing delivery targets
Airbus still aims to deliver 50 A350 aircraft in 2016, but with delays mounting this target is getting out of sight quickly. For Airbus lower deliveries are likely to reflect in its earnings. While the Airbus A350 is a succesful aircraft, the ramp up in production that Airbus envisioned is showing to be a too ambitious one.
China Airlines is not the only carrier that is affected by the problems Airbus is facing in meetings is delivery schedule. Other airlines that are affected are Qatar Airways, Thai International Airways, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific.