* A380 wingtip "touched" airport structure, won't perform
* Latest hiccup at show after A400M engine glitch
PARIS, June 19 Plane-maker Airbus on Sunday
said it was pulling one of its flagship double-decker A380s out
of a flying display at the Paris Air Show, compounding a series
of embarrassing hiccups for the EADS EAD.PA unit at this
year's big-ticket industry event.
The right-hand wing-tip of the A380, the world's largest
jetliner with a wingspan of almost 80 meters (yards), "touched"
a structure at the Le Bourget airport during ground maneouvres
and will not perform in the flying display, Airbus said.
"Airbus experts are currently inspecting the aircraft, but
it is already confirmed that the A380 ... will not perform the
flying display," it said in a statement on Sunday evening.
Earlier, Airbus said another of its models, the delayed and
over-budget A400M military transport plane, would not be able
to carry out a daring display routine on Monday after suffering
a gearbox problem. [ID:nLDE75H0AD]
Airbus Military's chief executive had said there was no
problem with safety but that flight-test requirements were
Sunday's incident also comes just two months after U.S.
investigators impounded an Air France (AIRF.PA) A380 that
collided with a smaller jet at New York's John F. Kennedy
International Airport. There were no reports of injuries.
(Reporting by Lionel Laurent; Editing by Bernard Orr)