Computer rendering of A350-900. Courtesy, Airbus

Airbus has confirmed to ATW that it has pushed back entry into service (EIS) of its A350-900 aircraft by six monthsto the “first half of 2014” owing to the “late availability of some key parts.”

According to an Airbus spokeswoman, start of final assembly will be “first quarter 2012” in a delay that is costing “€200 million.”

At the Paris Air Show in June, Airbus announced it pushed back EIS for the A350-1000 to 2017 from 2015 and delayed the -800 EIS to 2016 from 2014. It said it was "heading toward the final assembly line by the end of 2011" for the static test A350-900 (ATW Daily News, June 21).

Last year, New York-based Bernstein Research forecast that A350 deliveries would slip into 2014 and that Airbus would deliver only eight of the next-generation aircraft that year (ATW Daily News, Aug. 23, 2010).