PARIS (AP) -- Airbus said Wednesday it would postpone deliveries of some of its superjumbo A380 aircraft from 2009 to 2010 as a result of weaker demand amid the economic crisis.
Airbus now will deliver 14 A380 aircraft in 2009 instead of the 18 it had predicted in January. As a result, in 2010 it will deliver more than the previously expected 20 A380 aircraft, the company said in a statement, without providing a specific number.
Airbus said that current and future deliveries would depend on the demand from airline companies as well as the availability of credit.
The company also said that it intended to reduce the delivery schedule of the A320 from 36 to 34 per month starting in October 2009. The A330/A340 delivery schedule remains at 8.5 aircraft per month.
Development of the long-range A350XWB continues as planned, Airbus said.
Airbus confirmed that it would stick to its objective to deliver 483 aircraft in 2009, the same number as in 2008, the statement said.