Airbus warns of possible further A380 delay -Etihad

ABU DHABI, May 6 (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates’ Etihad Airways said it received a letter from European planemaker Airbus warning of a possible delay in the delivery of the A380, the world’s largest passenger aircraft.

“Etihad has received a letter from Airbus indicating that there may be an delay in the delivery of the A380,” a spokesman for the Abu Dhabi government-owned carrier said by telephone on Tuesday.

Etihad has ordered four of the $300 million, 525-seat planes.

Still, Etihad will not be affected by any delay as the first of its orders is not due until 2013, the spokesman said, declining to be identified.

Airbus warned Dubai’s Emirates [EMAIR.UL], its biggest A380 customer, it may face further delays next year in the delivery of the plane, the carrier said earlier on Tuesday.

Airbus sent a letter to state-owned Emirates, which has ordered 58 of the aircraft, informing it of possible delays in its “wave 2” deliveries, airline President Tim Clark told Reuters by telephone in Dubai.

This would apply to A380s being delivered to the carrier from April next year, Clark said. (Reporting by Stanley Carvalho; Editing by James Cordahi)