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Vital Emirates order for A380s hangs on Airbus selling the superjumbos to other airlines

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A desperately needed order from Emirates for A380 “superjumbos” 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 failed to materialise.

The deal has been blocked by demands from Emirates – the biggest 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.



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