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A380 production will be doubled in 2010: Airbus

Airbus A380 superjumbo. A file photo

PARIS (AFP): Plane maker Airbus aims to double output of its new A380 superjumbo in 2010, the company's chief operating officer Fabrice Breguier said in an interview published on Tuesday.

"Airbus's objective is to double A380 deliveries in 2010," Breguier was quoted as saying the French business daily Les Echos.

"Our objective is to deliver 20 A380s this year, attaining a stable rate of two planes per month in the second half of the year," he added.

In 2008 Airbus delivered 12 of the superjumbos.

Breguier said the company's industrial capacity should allow them to eventually complete four of the aircraft per month, but "a lot remains done to streamline the production process and, in the longer term achieve a more systematic standardisation."

Production of the superjumbos has been delayed by the lack of integration between the company's various production sites.

Technical glitches have also forced a number of the planes in service to be grounded.

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