THE future of the Airbus A380 superjumbo has received a much-needed boost with confirmation that Emirates has signed a US$16 billion deal to increase its fleet.
The agreement involves 36 additional A380s, with 20 on firm order and options for 16 more.
The new planes will be delivered from 2020 onwards and together with existing orders will lift Emirates’ A380 contingent to 178.
“We’ve made no secret of the fact that the A380 has been a success for Emirates,” said Emirates chief exec Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.
“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.”