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US package carrier may switch to superjumbo.

THE world's largest package carrier United Parcel Service could opt to replace outstanding orders for Airbus A300-600 cargo planes with a deal to take A380 superjumbos.

Reports from France yesterday suggested the acquisition of the A380s was one of the options under study by UPS and Airbus as the US cargo group seeks to rejig an order for 90 A300- 600s. UPS has already taken delivery of 35 of the A300-600 aircraft.

Wings for both types of aircraft are made on Deeside where Airbus's aerospace complex employs more than 6,000 people from Merseyside,Cheshire and North Wales.

In early March,UPS was reported to be seeking to cancel orders for at least 20 of the A300-600 jetsworthabout pounds 1bn.

Airbus said at the time it was in talks with UPS to reschedule some of the orders but suggested it would be difficult for the US company to cancel the firm orders outright.
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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 22, 2004
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