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PARIS - Airbus warned on Friday that investigations into an engine blowout on a Qantas A380 superjumbo could delay deliveries of the plane in 2011 as the planemaker focuses on maintaining the existing fleet.
"I don't know how severe that would be," he added, referring to deliveries scheduled for 2011.
Airbus expects to deliver up to 22 of the world's largest airliners in 2010, he told reporters on a conference call.
Speaking shortly after Rolls-Royce blamed the Qantas scare on the failure of a single component, Enders said he had full confidence in the UK firm and insisted the image of the world's largest airliner would recover.
"It is not an incident that makes us or airlines happy but I am absolutely sure, given the positive reception received so far from airlines and passengers..., that the reputation of the aircraft will remain untarnished and increase in years ahead," he said.