Engine checks on the world's largest airliner following last month's Qantas
A spokesman said on Wednesday Airbus would deliver just one more aircraft, on top of 18 which have already left the assembly line, before the end of the month instead of a further two.
The shortfall reflects the time taken for checks on Rolls-Royce
Engineers last week replaced one of the Rolls-Royce engines on an undelivered Qantas plane following an oil pipe inspection, after regulators linked last month's incident to a flawed pipe.
That plane was due to leave Toulouse by Thursday.
The revisions will leave Airbus parent EADS
It will also dent a recovery in A380 production just as Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders urges the planemaker's 52,000 staff to learn the lessons of past A380 delays and to ensure its next project, the mid-sized A350, passes off without a hitch.
The development and ongoing industrialization of the A350 XWB remains our biggest challenge, Enders said in a staff letter, according to two people familiar with its contents.
Having gathered 573 orders from 35 customers, we need to get this program and its ramp-up right the very first time.
The first A350 is due to be delivered by the end of 2013, but Airbus has already dropped a goal to deliver it by mid-2013.
SHORTAGE OF SEATS
While previous delays that pushed the A380 more than two years behind schedule were blamed on internal failings, the latest slippage in the plane's timetable is likely to focus attention on relations between Airbus and industry suppliers.
Airbus has said it may seek compensation from Rolls-Royce for disruption from the A380 blowout, which includes the cost of supporting airline customers amid a shortage of spare engines. Unlike Qantas, however, it has not launched any legal action.
Just over half of the 41 A380s delivered so far have Rolls-Royce engines, operating on routes flown by Qantas, Singapore Airlines
The rest use engines supplied by a joint venture between General Electric
Enders told staff A380 deliveries would continue to be hampered in 2011 by the Qantas scare but did not give a figure.
Airbus has also had to scale back its ambitions because of a scandal affecting the supply of seats from Japanese manufacturer Koito Industries <6747.T>, which admitted earlier this year it had falsified safety results, leading to delivery delays as it sought to renew safety certification.
Airbus said at mid-year it hoped to go above its target by producing 22 A380s in 2010. The outcome of 19 reflects both the Rolls engine checks and seat delivery delays, a spokesman said.
Engines and seats are among the items which airlines buy directly from their respective manufacturers, but the supply of buyer-furnished equipment can affect production schedules.
EADS unit Airbus still aims to deliver a total of more than 500 aircraft in 2010, up from last year's record 498 deliveries, and secure orders before cancellations of up to 500 aircraft.
By end-November it had delivered 461 aircraft and sold 440.
Airbus is the world's largest planemaker ahead of Boeing
(Editing by Hans Peters and David Holmes)