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Airbus sticks to A380 delivery goal

European planemaker Airbus reaffirmed its goal of delivering 18 A380 superjumbos in 2009 after airlines were reported to have expressed doubts.

Bloomberg reported that customers of the world's largest airliner had told the news service in a poll that Airbus may fail to meet the delivery target.

“It is our objective to deliver 18 aircraft this year. We announced this objective in January and this has not changed,” Airbus spokesman Stefan Schaffrath responded on Friday.

The target was recently reduced from 21 planes.

Airbus has meanwhile told analysts it broke out of negative sales territory in March to notch up a total of 8 net aircraft sales in the first quarter, according to parent EADS.

A presentation on its website did not identify the types of planes sold in March.

In January and February, airlines had cancelled more planes than either Airbus or its rival Boeing received in new orders, leaving them with net negative sales.

In an end-quarter update, Boeing said on Thursday it had received 28 orders and 32 cancellations so far this year. (Reuters)