Emirates Gives Up on A380Neo, Pushes to Get Its 142 Superjumbos

Emirates, the largest operator of Airbus Group SE’s A380 superjumbo, has all but given up on getting an upgrade of the double-decker with new engines and is instead making a more modest pitch to the planemaker: please don’t drop the program altogether. “I can’t force Toulouse to do anything,” Emirates President Tim Clark told reporters on Friday at a briefing in Dublin, referring to Airbus’s home base in southern France. “My main concern is that they stop producing the plane.” Clark has become a marketing champion for the world’s largest passenger plane, deploying the jetliner on both major trunk routes like Heathrow-Dubai as well as secondary airports like Manchester or Barcelona. While new engines would further enhance the model by providing greater flexibility with more range and higher takeoff weight, Clark conceded that talks with the manufacturer regarding an upgrade had “kind of lapsed.” Emirates is by far the largest customer for the aircraft, having ordered 142 in total.
Emirates’ concern about Airbus keeping the plane on the production line is driven by the fact that few sizable buyers exist besides the Gulf operator.

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