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Emirates says could buy 100 more A380s if upgrade is agreed

Airline president Tim Clark reportedly tells Airbus it would invest heavily in so-called Neo upgrade to superjumbo

Emirates says could buy 100 more A380s if upgrade is agreed
Tim Clark, president of Emirates

Emirates has told European plane maker Airbus that it would commit to buying 100 more A380s if the manufacturer agrees to go ahead with an upgrade involving a new engine, the airline's president has said.

Tim Clark told Bloomberg Television that the world’s largest customer for the A380 superjumbo has “enormous” possibilities and developing a so-called Neo upgrade would help press home those advantages.

“What we’ve said at Emirates is if you’re going to do the Neo, we’re in for 100,” he was quoted as saying at the World Economic Forum in Davos. “Put it on the table, we’ll start off for you.”

Emirates was the first airline to place an order for the iconic A380, and is today the world's largest operator of this efficient and spacious twin-deck aircraft, with 56 in the fleet and 84 on order.

Emirates' A380 programme has seen 12 new double-decker aircraft join the fleet and launch to ten new A380 destinations in the past 12 months - Barcelona, London-Gatwick, Zurich, Mumbai, Frankfurt, Dallas, Kuwait, San Francisco, Milan and Houston.

The superjumbo is so popular that the Emirates jets operating to London’s Heathrow airport are operating 90 percent full, Clark told Bloomberg.

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