Emi­rates in talks with Air­bus over or­der for more A380s

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Emi­rates, the world’s largest op­er­a­tor of wide-body air­craft, is still in dis­cus­sions with Air­bus to buy between 20 and 36 more su­per­jum­bos, said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed, the air­line group’s chair­man and chief ex­ec­u­tive.

“I can’t say if we are close or not close. We are still in dis­cus­sion,” Sheikh Ahmed said.

Emi­rates, which op­er­ates 100 A380s and has an­other 42 on or­der, has been press­ing Air­bus to com­mit to the fu­ture of the dou­ble-deck air­craft.

Air­bus has not sold an A380 in more than two years, so an or­der from Dubai would re­lieve much pres­sure.

It would also be a fit­ting cli­max to the legacy of Air­bus’ top sales­man John Leahy, who has helped the air­craft maker, based in Toulouse, to reap US$1.7 tril­lion in or­ders.

An or­der of 20 jets would be val­ued at $8.7 bil­lion at list prices be­fore dis­count.

“We are al­ways op­ti­mistic, we are al­ways pos­i­tive, it’s a grow­ing in­dus­try,” Sheikh Ahmed said.

Emi­rates or­dered 40 Boe­ing 787 Dream­lin­ers at the start of the Dubai Air­show this week.

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