Toulouse - Emirates wants more Airbus A380. Emirates orders 20 Superjumbos and secures an option for 16 more. Thus the long-discussed A380 program is saved for the time being.
Earlier this week, Airbus' chief of commercial aircraft sales John Leahy said in public that it would be necessary to end the A380 program in case no new order from the main customer Emirates arrives. Many interpreted this as a confession that the deal would not materialize, which had been expected in November at the Dubai Airshow.
Just four days later after the Leahy's statement, the order is on the table. Emirates orders 20 more Airbus A380s, as the Gulf-based airline announced today on January 18. The company also secures an option for 16 more aircraft of the same type. When exercised, the order has a value of $ 16 billion at list prices.
We've never heard a word about the A380's success for Emirates. Our customers love it, and we can use our A380s for various services in our network, which allows us flexibility,commented Emirates boss Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.
With the arrival of new Superjumbos, we will replace the old ones. In addition, this order will bring stability into the production of the A380,he added.
The new A380s will be delivered to Emirates from 2020. Currently, the company has 101 A380. 41 units are already waiting to be delivered.