Its fate appeared to be sealed, but the A380 will stay in production after a last-minute order from a major airline.
Emirates Airlines has announced a deal with Airbus to buy another 36 A380 superjumbos, just days after the European aerospace giant said it may have to halt production of the double-decker plane without new orders.
The 2017 financial result of Airbus has beaten market expectations as the European aerospace giant reported stronger earnings on rising deliveries. But charges on some of its problem aircraft tarnished the performance.
The European aircraft manufacturer has never faced as much upheaval as it does today. At Airbus' headquarters in Toulouse, there is much uncertainty, but many also see opportunities. DW's Andreas Spaeth reports.
The European aircraft maker says it must strike a new deal with Emirates Airline to secure the superjumbo's future. Launched a decade ago, the A380 program has cost billions, but only 220 have been built.
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