13 Feb '12, 7am

Airbus CEO admits "screwed up" A380 wing cracks

Airbus CEO admits "screwed up" A380 wing cracks

SINGAPORE: Airbus Chief Executive Thomas Enders vowed Monday that the company will quickly fix tiny cracks detected on the wings of its flagship A380 super jumbo, admitting "we screwed that up". Enders said he hoped that the wing problem as well as troubles on some of the A380's Rolls Royce engines which had been detected earlier will not affect the European aircraft maker's credibility. Enders was asked about the impact of the wing and engine problems on Airbus' future and reputation on the eve of the Singapore Airshow. He said the engine problems had been fixed by engine supplier Rolls Royce, and vowed Airbus will deal with the wing fissures. "Very clearly, in the same way, we will fix the wing problems as quickly as possible. This is unfortunate," he said. "This is us, we screwed that up. We will fix it as quickly as possible and whatever it costs, that is something too...

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