UPDATE 1-EADS delays A350 with 200 mln euro charge

jeudi 10 novembre 2011 08h49

* Airbus parent raises 2011 outlook

* Q3 profits beat analyst forecasts

* A340 programme terminated (Adds details, quote)

PARIS, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Airbus parent EADS pushed back its new A350 jetliner by six months with a charge of 200 million euros ($271.7 million) as it pledged to give "maximum attention" to delivering Europe's answer to the carbon-composite Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Speculation about such a charge had driven down EADS shares on the eve of third-quarter earnings, which were nonetheless stronger than expected, prompting Europe's largest aerospace group to raise its outlook for the year.

Airbus has had a strong year for sales of a revamped model of its best-selling A320 passenger jet and EADS said the world's largest planemaker now expected to book 1,500 orders in 2011 instead of a previous target of 1,000.

But it faces challenges in building the lightweight A350 and is anxious to learn from Boeing's three-year delay in producing the 787, which entered service this month.

EADS said the A350 would enter service in the first half of 2014 instead of late 2013. The aircraft is now a year behind its original schedule.

EADS operating profit fell 15 percent to 322 million euros in the third quarter as revenues fell 4 percent to 10.751 billion euros. Net income rose sharply to 312 million euros.   Suite...