Emirates in talks with Airbus over order for more A380s
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.