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  • Airbus A380 At 50
    Posted by Robert Wall 12:35 PM on Jun 16, 2011

    Airbus today has delivered the 50th A380.

    The milestone aircraft went to Singapore Airlines, which was also the airline to receive the first A380 back in October 2007.

    It is the 12th aircraft delivered to Singapore, with seven more to come. Several of those should follow quickly, as they are awaiting delivery at Airbus. Deliveries of A380s to SIA had been delayed because of problems with Koito seats; the aircraft just handed over was initially due for delivery last year.

    The reason for the delay is that the Japanese seat maker had its production organization approval suspended for two years because it falsified seat test data. That meant Airbus could not hand over aircraft for several months until regulators determined what to do. A path to address the issues is now in place, clearing the way for the aircraft to finally go to the airline.

    Tags: tw99, Airbus, A380

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