Air­bus left hang­ing over new A380 or­ders

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Alan Tovey A DES­PER­ATELY needed or­der from Emi­rates for A380 “su­per jum­bos” that would help keep alive the pro­gramme hangs on Air­bus be­ing able to se­cure or­ders for the gi­ant air­liner from other cus­tomers.

Gulf-based air­line Emi­rates had been ex­pected to an­nounce it was or­der­ing more than 30 of the air­craft in a $10bn (£7.6bn) deal on the first day of the Dubai Air­show on Sun­day.

How­ever, the or­der for the jets, whose pro­duc­tion helps sup­port thou­sands of jobs at Air­bus’s UK plants, has so far failed to ma­te­ri­alise.

The deal has been blocked by de­mands from Emi­rates – the big­gest Tim Clark, the pres­i­dent of Emi­rates, says he is hope­ful that Air­bus will man­age to meet his re­quire­ments cus­tomer for the twin-deck jet, with 100 of them in ser­vice and a fur­ther 42 on or­der – that the pan-Euro­pean plane maker con­tin­ues mak­ing the A380 for at least an­other decade.

Air­bus has de­liv­ered 217 of the 317 A380s or­dered so far, and is slash­ing the pro­duc­tion rate from 27 a year to just eight by 2019. How­ever, there are huge doubts whether air­lines who have or­dered A380s will ac­tu­ally buy them. If they fail to hon­our the agree­ments then Air­bus could be forced to halt pro­duc­tion of the A380 or try to per­suade Emi­rates to ac­cept the jets at a faster rate than it had planned. Emi­rates is cur­rently set to re­ceive the fi­nal A380 it has or­dered in 2022.

Tim Clark, pres­i­dent of Emi­rates, said he was cer­tain Air­bus could agree to his re­quire­ments: “I am sure that if we get closer to a fur­ther or­der, the Air­bus board will make that un­der­tak­ing.”

State-owned Egyp­tAir yes­ter­day signed an ini­tial or­der for 12 Bom­bardier CSeries jets, mark­ing the Cana­dian plane maker’s sec­ond deal for its largest planes this month, agree­ments that end an 18-month drought of no sales.

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