Emirates buys two more A380s in fillip to Airbus

Dubai airline to receive new aircraft by end-2017, news comes shortly after order cancellation from Indian Ocean carrier
Emirates buys two more A380s in fillip to Airbus
By Staff writer
Wed 13 Apr 2016 12:59 PM

Emirates has announced that it has ordered two additional A380 aircraft from Airbus, taking the total number of the Dubai airline’s superjumbo order book to 142. The aircraft will be delivered in the final quarter of 2017.

The news comes as a boost to Airbus, which has faced dwindling orders for the A380 model. The European manufacturer recently lost an order for two superjumbos from Air Austral, a French carrier based on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion.

It is unclear whether the collapse of the Air Austral deal and the Emirates order are connected. In recent days, Airbus’ website had also shown two new orders for the A380, although the name of the purchaser was not disclosed.

Emirates operates around 40 percent of the global A380 fleet, and has previously agreed to pick up earlier delivery slots for the aircraft when other buyers have attempted to delay their own deliveries.

Last year, the carrier took four 2016 superjumbo delivery slots from Amedeo after the Irish leasor had scheduled its own deliveries into 2017 and 2018.

Emirates is also pushing Airbus hard to deliver a re-engined model of the A380, the so-called A380neo. The airline has said in the past that it would order 100 of the new type if built.

“We’ve always been open about how the A380 has been a big success for Emirates,” Sir Tim Clark, president of Emirates, said in a press release. 

“It’s a boon for our operations to slot constrained airports and we get a lot of positive feedback from our customers. In fact, demand from customers for our A380 product is growing, as we expand our A380 network and more travellers have had the opportunity to experience it first-hand.”

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