Emirates Orders $16 Bln Worth Of A380 Aircraft

Emirates Orders $16 Bln Worth Of A380 Aircraft

Speaking to reporters, Leahy said that the Middle Eastern airline was "the only one with the ability" to purchase enough aircraft to keep the program afloat.

A picture take on September 14, 2017 shows an Airbus A380 of Emirates landing at the tarmac at Dubai's International Airport.

The aircraft will be delivered to Emirates from 2020 onwards.

Dubai-based Emirates Airline has signed a memorandum of understanding to acquire up to 36 additional A380 aircraft.

Airbus warned on Monday, January 15, that it might have to end production of the A380, having booked no new orders for the plane in two years.

"We've made no secret of the fact that the A380 has been a success for Emirates", the airline's chairman and CEO Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum said.

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"Our customers love it, and we've been able to deploy it on different missions across our network, giving us flexibility in terms of range and passenger mix".

A lack of orders had cast doubts on the future of the A380 program, but Emirates' commitment will allow the production of what is now the world's largest commercial jetliner to continue "at least for another ten years", observed Airbus exec John Leahy.

Emirates' A380 fleet operates both Engine Alliance and Rolls-Royce engines.

Emirates is the largest A380 operator with 101 of the aircraft already in service. Production of the aircraft has dwindled at Airbus facilities as Leahy and his team struggled to find new customers.

"We will continue to work closely with Airbus to further enhance the aircraft and onboard product, so as to offer our passengers the best possible experience". Talks between Airbus and Emirates about a fresh A380 order broke down at the last minute at the Dubai Airshow in November, when the Gulf carrier placed an order for 40 smaller Boeing 787s.

Emirates has utilised the aircraft to great effect in building its "hub and spoke" business model - connecting Dubai with almost two-thirds of humanity. Despite its popularity with many passengers who have flown on it, only 13 airlines have so far flown the A380 and many have predicted its demise - not least, with some glee, Boeing. By way of comparison, Boeing's rival 787 Dreamliner had 94 orders past year.

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