Emirates hopes to order more Airbus A380 super jumbos at the Dubai airshow This specific month, the airline’s chairman said on Friday.
“I wish we will be able to do the idea,” Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum said at a ceremony to receive the airline’s 100th A380, saying in which negotiating teams were working on the idea.
Emirates is actually the earth’s biggest customer of the A380, having ordered 142 of the planes along with Sheikh Ahmed said he wanted to see the plane continuing. Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders said he hoped Airbus might deliver “at least” the remaining 42 to Emirates.
Despite sluggish sales calling the future of the A380 into question, Enders said he believed Airbus might be producing the jumbo jets 10 years by right now along with was working on sales campaigns.
“I’m not sure I will let John Leahy retire without at least one more significant A380 order,” Enders said, in reference to the departing sales chief of Airbus.
Reuters reported on Thursday in which Airbus has embarked on a fresh search for a sales chief to take over by Leahy as the aerospace group seeks a clean break by turmoil over investigations into the use of middlemen.
Enders dismissed recent reports in which the French government wants more political influence over Airbus management.
“There is actually nobody who is actually seriously considering reintroducing government controls in Airbus,” he said.
Like rival Etihad, Emirates is actually currently facing a tough business environment, with overcapacity, an oil-cost related drop in business travel along with temporary restrictions on travel to the United States.
Emirates is actually working more closely with budget airline flydubai, on matters such as network planning, schedules along with frequent flyer programmes. Al-Maktoum said the partnership so far had been excellent, which has a Great number of passengers moving between the two.