Emirates Airlines has come to the rescue of Airbus in saving the latter's A380 superjumbo program by placing firm orders for 20 more such aircraft. DW's Christoph Kober says the deal has far-reaching consequences.
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.
Once dubbed as symbols of European aerospace prowess, two of Airbus's unwanted A380 superjumbos face the ignominy of being broken up for spare parts after failing to find an airline willing to keep flying them.
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.
Long-haul carrier Emirates has purchased a new fleet of US-made Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners. The announcement came at the start of the biennial Dubai Air Show amid heightened regional tensions with Qatar and Iran.
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