Airbus confirmed that the delivery of the first Airbus A350 to Qatar Airways has been rescheduled for December 22.
The handover of Europe’s first mainly carbon-composite jet, originally scheduled for December 13, had been postponed by the airline last week, triggering speculation of a repeat of cabin problems which had delayed delivery if its first A380.
But scheduling problems appeared to have played a part.
Confirming an earlier Reuters report, Airbus said in a media invitation that the delivery ceremony would go ahead in Toulouse on December 22 and would include a preview flight.
Airbus has pledged to deliver the first A350, developed at a cost of some $15 billion to compete with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, by the end of the year.