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New Airbus deliveries delayed by shutdown

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American Airlines will have to wait until Congress can agree on a budget before it can start using some of its newest planes.

A spokesman for the airline confirmed the deliveries of three Airbus A319s scheduled for this month were delayed because of the government shutdown and Federal Aviation Administration staffing issues.

The new planes have to be registered and certified at an FAA office in Oklahoma City before they can begin flying.

The airline has already paid for these aircraft and can't make money without putting them in operation, but for now they're still on the ground in Germany.

Economists said it's just one of the many unintended consequences of the shutdown.

Southwest Airlines said so far none of its deliveries have been delayed.

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