A380 wing-fix charges surpass €200m

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Airbus charges for A380 wing-rib bracket modifications have reached €200 million ($255 million) this year, but the airframer has not increased its full-year estimate of €260 million.

The manufacturer's parent company, EADS, disclosed the figures in its third-quarter results.

Airbus is still expecting to deliver 30 A380s this year. It had handed over 17 of the type by the close of the third quarter on 30 September, with five more deliveries planned for October, three in November and another five in December.

EADS says Airbus is "progressing, as planned" on development of a permanent fix to the bracket cracking problem, which will be implemented on the production line.

Airbus's total charge for the work is "still expected" to reach some €260 million for the full year, based on its delivery schedule, the figure it gave in its first-quarter results for 2012.