Emirates Deal to Allow Airbus A380 Production to Continue

By Jesse Sokolow on 18 January 2018
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DSC_5065Emirates Airline announced it signed a memorandum of understanding to acquire up to 36 additional Airbus A380 aircraft.

The agreement, valued at $16 billion at list prices, is for 20 A380s, with an option for 16 more.

Deliveries for the planes are expected to start in 2020.

Last month, a report by Reuters citing several people familiar with the matter stated that Airbus would phase out production of its A380 double-decker aircraft if the company was not successful in obtaining a key order from Emirates. The order announced Thursday will allow production of the plane to continue.

Demand for both the A380 and the Boeing 747-8 has been week, as airlines opt for smaller and more fuel-efficient twin-engine models.

The A380 is capable of carrying 555 passengers in a typical three-class configuration or 853 in an all-economy configuration. It was first flown in 2007 by launch customer Singapore Airlines. Lufthansa and Emirates are two other major operators of the type.

In June of this year, Airbus unveiled plans for a more efficient A380plus version of the aircraft, with operating costs that would be 13% lower on a per seat basis than the current version of the plane and also seat more passengers thanks to a more efficient use of available space.

The plane has a range of 8,200 nautical miles (15,200 kilometers). To date, over 220 A380 have been delivered, to 13 carriers around the world.

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