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Emirates in talks with Airbus on revamped A380 superjumbo

Dubai airline chief says would look to place an order for up to 200 A380neo jets to drive further expansion

Emirates in talks with Airbus on revamped A380 superjumbo

Emirates has had extensive discussions with Airbus about the production of a revamped version of the A380 super jumbo with more efficient engines, the airline's president has said.

Emirates, which is the leading buyer of the existing A380 jet with 140 orders, has said it would look at placing an order for up to 200 A380neo jets to replace its current fleet and drive further expansion.

"If we're lucky it will give us a 10-13 percent reduction in seat costs per mile," Emirates President Tim Clark told reporters at an event during the ITB travel fair in Berlin.

"We understand they're compiling the business case and an element of that will be the Emirates order," Clark said.

He said he expected an A380neo would be powered by Rolls-Royce  engines based on its Trent XWB engine.

Clark also said Emirates was considering Rolls-Royce engines for 50 of its Airbus A380 aircraft that are yet to be delivered. Its first 90 A380 aircraft are supplied with engines from Engine Alliance, a joint venture between General Electric and Pratt & Whitney.

Airbus has said it would only look at putting different engines on the A380 if it made business sense.

Emirates cancelled an order for 70 Airbus A350 aircraft last year, saying the plane did not fit its original specifications. Clark said Emirates was now looking at both Airbus A350s and the 787 from rival Boeing for a twin-aisle order.

"We'd be looking at 50 to 70. We have to establish exactly what it would be but much would depend on the Dubai hub growth," he said.

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John 5 years ago

I do not want to dissapoint mr clark but an aerospace company would start any project with one customer only . The reason is the risk are extremely high . The risks must be mitigated in order to have a sound an secured business case even with an order of 200 aircraft you can't go ahead . It is too risky .

Nezaud 5 years ago

Your argument make sense. But, I recall the current A380 was lunched with orders less than 200.

Jake Thinsock 5 years ago

Boeing estimated the global demand for VLAs to be about 700, half of Airbus' estimate. A380neo could expect to gain almost all of these. More than enough.

Y. Alkuwari 5 years ago

I think that the top management at Airbus didn’t get it right with (Hub and Spoke) strategy when they launch the White elephant A380, Airbus didn’t convince any airline to order single A380 plane in 2014, it’s only Emirates that is keeping the production line going on at the moment and the estimate is that Airbus will run out of orders in 2018. When airplane manufacturer launch a new project like the A380 they need hundreds of confirmed orders to break even for all the R&D they invested in bringing that airplane to life, it is estimated that Boeing needs 1100 orders for its 787 to break even for which it got up to now 1070 while A380 confirmed orders just managed to reach 317.Emirates huge success with the A380 was not matched by any other airline in the world but Emirates alone is not good enough for Airbus . If only there were a few more people like Tim Clark in the airline world, Airbus would have made a home run.

C Cook 5 years ago

The A-380 was dolly from the onset.

There are twenty leasing agent airframes about to be built without a single unit placed with a customer.

This airframe also sank a Japanese budget carrier (airframes also currently not placed).

As the a-380 nears the end of its production run cancellations on unbuilt airframes loom large.

It is craziness to even consider a Neo-version.