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Emirates doesn't expect Airbus to upgrade its A380, says Clark

President Tim Clark said airline's main concern is that the French plane manufacturer continues to produce the superjumbo

Emirates doesn't expect Airbus to upgrade its A380, says Clark
Emirates airline, the largest operator of the A380 superjumbo, is appealing for the manufacturer to continue to make the aircraft

Emirates has all but given up on an upgrade of the Airbus A380 double-decker with new engines.

The airline, the largest operator of the superjumbo, is now appealing for the manufacturer to continue to make the aircraft.

“I can’t force Toulouse (the home base of Airbus) to do anything,” Emirates president Tim Clark told reporters in Dublin. “My main concern is that they stop producing the plane.”

Emirates is by far the largest customer for the aircraft, having ordered 142 in total.

The so-called A380Neo would feature new engines that would providing greater flexibility, with more range and higher take-off weight.

Clark conceded that talks with the manufacturer regarding an upgrade had ‘kind of lapsed’.

Emirates’ concern about Airbus keeping the plane on the production line is driven by the fact that few other sizable buyers exist, according to Bloomberg.

Airbus said the production line had gaps from 2018. A total of 319 A380s have been ordered, fewer than the annual output of the best-selling A320 line of smaller planes.

Airbus, after rushing 18 months ago to assure the airline community that it would look seriously at an A380Neo, has made increasingly clear that any such project is something for the long term. The emphasis for now is finding ways to improve the plane and carve out more space with simpler moves to better organise space on the plane.

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