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Vital Emirates order for A380s hangs on Airbus selling the superjumbos to other airlines

A desperately needed order from Emirates for A380 “superjumbos” that would help keep alive the programme hangs on Airbus being able to secure orders for the giant airliner from other customers.
Gulf-based airline Emirates had been expected to announce it was ordering more than 30 of the aircraft in a $10bn (?7.6bn) deal on the first day of the Dubai airshow on Sunday.
However, the order for the jets whose production helps support thousands of jobs at Airbus’s UK plants has so failed to materialise.
The deal has been blocked by demands from Emirates – the biggest customer for the twin-deck jet, with 100 of them in service and a further 42 on order – that the pan-European plane-maker continues making the A380 for at least another decade.
Airbus has delivered 217 of the 317 A380s ordered so far, and is slashing the production rate from 27 a year to just eight by 2019. However, there are huge doubts whether airlines who have ordered A380s will actually buy them.
Vital Emirates order for A380s hangs on Airbus selling the superjumbos to other airlines

Emirates is the biggest operator of the A380, having recently taken delivery of its 100th one

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If they fail to honour the agreements then Airbus could be forced to halt production of the A380 or try to persuade Emirates to accept the jets at a faster rate than it had planned. Emirates is currently set to receive the final A380 it has order in 2022.
Should production of the jet end, it could mean the value of existing A380s falls. Last week Singapore Airlines handed back the first A380 into service to the leasing company which owns it. The jet, which first flew in 2007, will now go into storage.
At a press conference at the airshow on Tuesday, Tim Clark, president of Emirates, said he was certain Airbus could agree to his requirements.
“I am sure that if we get closer to a further order, the Airbus board will make that undertaking,” he said.
Vital Emirates order for A380s hangs on Airbus selling the superjumbos to other airlines

Emirates president Tim Clark wants Airbus to guarantee that production of the A380 will continue

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Mr Clark added that Airbus “believes there is a future” for the A380 and will be able to sell the aircraft to other airlines.
He added: “They will be able to populate delivery positions that will be available sooner rather than later.”
Emirates is one of the few airlines that have been able to get the maximum value out of the four-engine A380 which carries about 500 passengers and has made it the core of its long-haul fleet.
Other airlines have ordered them in far smaller quantities: British Airways has 12 of them in its fleet of 270 aircraft.
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