Airbus is planning a management shakeup amid fierce criticism that ongoing delays of a new military transport plane is damaging the reputation of Europe’s aircraft maker, Handelsblatt has learned.
The company has been beset by production line problems in delivering the A400M military transport aircraft and has had to push back its promised delivery date three times.
Germany, which is Airbus’ biggest individual customer, is especially furious. It has ordered 53 A400Ms and the military has now been waiting for the new planes for seven years. The delays are becoming an embarrassment for Germany, which cannot carry out its obligations under NATO without the new planes. The German airforce has to rely on the outdated Transall planes, which are coming to the end of their serviceable life. Their erratic performance contributed, ultimately, to the late delivery of weapons to the Kurds in northern Iraq last year.