Airbus executive confident in supplier's plans to fix engine delays

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A flight test engineer holds an Airbus Group flag after the first flight of the Airbus A320neo (New Engine Option) in Colomiers near Toulouse, France, September 25, 2014. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/File Photo (Copyright Reuters 2016)

The commercial aircraft unit of Airbus Group SE is confident in plans from Pratt & Whitney to solve engine production delays for its next-generation single-aisle planes, the A320neo, Chief Operating Officer for Customers John Leahy said Thursday.

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"It is disappointing the situation we find ourselves in. But it���s a good engine for everything we can see. They have some production difficulties that they���re working their way through," Leahy told reporters in New York after a gathering of aviation executives and analysts known as the Wings Club.

United Technologies Corp said earlier this month it would deliver 150 Pratt & Whitney engines this year, missing its target of 200 and pressuring cash flow.

(Reporting By Jeffrey Dastin in New York; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)