Three firms in line for Airbus Laupheim plant

German firms Diehl and Kaefer and France's Zodiac are said to be contending to buy Airbus's facility in Laupheim, Germany. Also, Airbus's second A380 has been delivered.

Reuters reported on Jan. 7 that German firms Diehl (Nürnberg, Germany) and Kaefer (Bremen, Germany) and France’s Zodiac (Issy-les-Moulineaux, France) are in the running to buy European planemaker Airbus’s plant in Laupheim, Germany, the Handelsblatt newspaper reported.

Concrete offers were expected by mid-February at the latest, the newspaper reported, citing industry sources. Reuters said a spokesman for EADS declined to comment on the detail of the report.

Airbus and parent EADS reported in December that it had chosen France’s Latecoere, German OHB Technology’s MT Aerospace and the U.K.’s GKN as preferred bidders for six other Airbus sites being sold to save costs, backing national bids in each country.

Information: Click here for the Reuters report.

In other Airbus news, the second production Airbus A380 was handed over to Singapore Airlines Jan. 11, in line with the latest delivery schedule. Equipped with four Rolls Royce Trent 900 engines, the second aircraft for the first A380 operator follows the delivery of the first A380 that took place on Oct. 15, 2007.

The second aircraft is fitted with the same cabin interior as the first A380, featuring 471 seats in three classes. The first A380, which has been providing daily scheduled service between Singapore and Sydney since Oct. 28, operating 15 hours per day with a 100 percent technical reliability for more than two months.