The largest international airline in the world placed a large order which means a relief for the current situation of the Airbus A380.
Emirates today announced the signing of an order for 36 Airbus A380 aircraft, with 20 firm orders and 16 options, valued at $ 16,000 million ($ 58,700 million from the United Arab Emirates).
The Emirates A380 aircraft use GE and Rolls-Royce engines and the airline is now evaluating the engine options for the aircraft of the new order.
Emirates owns 101 aircraft Airbus A380, which added to the order book (41 aircraft more), takes the commitment of the airline with the A380 program to 178 aircraft, for a value that exceeds 60,000 million dollars.
The memorandum of understanding was signed today by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President and CEO of Emirates Airline and Group, and John Leahy, Director of Client Operations of Airbus Commercial Aircraft. The agreement was carried out at the airline’s headquarters in Dubai, and the Airbus A380 will be delivered to Emirates from 2020.
Sheikh Ahmed dijo: “We’ve made no secret of the fact that the A380 has been a success for Emirates. Our customers love it, and we’ve been able to deploy it on different missions across our network, giving us flexibility in terms of range and passenger mix”.
Mientras tanto, John Leahy agregó: “This aircraft has contributed enormously to Emirates’ growth and success since 2008 and we are delighted that it will continue to do so. This new order underscores Airbus’ commitment to produce the A380 at least for another ten years. I’m personally convinced more orders will follow Emirates’ example and that this great aircraft will be built well into the 2030s.”
The order from Emirates means a relief for Airbus, which recently warned that it would stop manufacturing its A380 aircraft if it did not get contracts that would allow it to maintain a minimum production rate of six units a year, and that was centered, above all, in the negotiations with the Emirates company.