UPDATE 1-Airbus says deliveries on target despite cabin delays

Wed Oct 7, 2015 10:13am EDT
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* Bregier criticises suppliers

* Supplier delays have disrupted some deliveries (Adds quotes, details)

TOULOUSE, France Oct 7 (Reuters) - Airbus is on track to meet its delivery targets this year despite delays at cabin suppliers, Fabrice Bregier, head of the European planemaker, said on Wednesday.

Bregier criticised suppliers whose delays have disrupted some plane deliveries and said the problems went beyond French seat supplier Zodiac Aerospace, which has had a series of high-profile production delays and profit warnings.

"The majority of them are very good at marketing and selling and less good at certifying and crap at producing," Bregier told a group of journalists.

"Zodiac has had its difficulties. It seems they are reacting appropriately. It is never fast enough for us or for the airlines; this is clear. I hope they will get through that, but they are not the only one," he said.

"I would say half a dozen would be right, and not only small ones," he said, asked how many suppliers were affected.

The CEO of the planemaking division of Airbus Group was speaking after delivering an A350-900 to Finnair, the first European operator of the company's new long-haul jet.

Finnair CEO Pekka Vauramo told Reuters there had been no problems with the delivery of seats for the aircraft, which were supplied by Zodiac. The aircraft will fly on Asian routes and boasts the first ladies-only toilet on an airliner.   Continued...