Emirates firms up $16bn order for A380 superjumbos.

Emirates signed a contract on Sunday to buy as many as 36 Airbus A380 aircraft worth as much as $16 billion at list prices, firming up an order that is crucial to the future of the world’s biggest passenger jet.The order, for 20 of the double-decker planes with an option for 16 more, was originally announced on a provisional basis in mid-January. Deliveries are to start as soon as in 2020, the Dubai-based carrier said.

Airbus had previously said it would have to end production of the A380 if it failed to secure the huge Emirates deal.Dubai airline makes commitment for 20 A380s along with an option for 16 more with deliveries to start in 2020.

Alongside the contract signing, visiting French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and Emirates chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum discussed the expansion of air services between France and the UAE, the airline said without elaborating.The latest order brings Emirates’ commitment to the A380 programme to 178 aircraft, it said, adding that it was evaluating engine options for the new planes

Emirates firms up its latest order for 36 additional Airbus A380 aircraft worth $16 billion. HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates airline and Group signed the agreement today with Mikail Houari, President Airbus Africa Middle East, at the World Government Summit in Dubai, in the presence of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, ruler of the Emirate of Dubai and Edouard Philippe, Prime Minister of France.



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