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Chinese airline postpones jet arrivals.

ANOTHER airline has told Airbus it wants to delay deliveries of the aircraft manufacturer's A380 superjumbo.

Five of the part North Wales-built jets and 13 Dreamliners from US firm Boeing will now arrive at China Southern from 2011.

The carrier, China's biggest airline, will save around pounds 670m by delaying the deliveries as it cuts back on its growth during the global downturn in aviation.

China Southern is, so far, that country's only customer for the A380 - the wings for which are made at the Airbus complex, Broughton, Flintshire. Earlier this week Australian flag carrier Qantas said it was deferring delivery of four A380s..

The delays will hit Airbus which had counted on growth in China, Asia's biggest aviation market, to help offset plunging demand in Europe.

China Southern had planned to use the A380s, previously due to arrive from last year, to fly from Beijing to Paris, London, New York and other cities..
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Date:Apr 16, 2009
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