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Emirates Negotiates to Buy $16 Billion of A380s

  • Emirates is negotiating a deal to purchase about 36 additional Airbus SE A380 superjumbos, according to people familiar with the talks, a move that would help extend the embattled program’s life.Executives are working to seal an accord with the goal of making a formal announcement on Nov. 12 when the biennial…
  • An order for that number would be valued at $15.7 billion at current list prices, though the tally could change as talks enter the final stage.An Airbus SE A380 aircraft.Photographer: Jasper Juinen/BloombergAirbus has been working to secure a follow-on order for the four-engine model from Emirates, which would add another…
  • Outgoing sales chief John Leahy, who is looking to Emirates for a last triumph before handing over the reins to a successor early next year, is renowned for getting orders signed in the final moments ahead of an air show.
  • An agreement with Emirates would allow Airbus to continue marketing the plane, pursuing a series of smaller deals that wouldn’t otherwise have been viable without the new commitment from its biggest customer for the double-decker model.
  • Airbus Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders restated the company’s commitment to the plane in Hamburg this month when Emirates took its 100th jet of a total 142 on order.

Emirates is negotiating a deal to purchase about 36 additional Airbus SE A380 superjumbos, according to people familiar with the talks, a move that would help extend the embattled program’s life.

Emirates is negotiating a deal to purchase about 36 additional Airbus SE A380 superjumbos, according to people familiar with the talks, a move that would help extend the embattled program’s life.Executives are working to seal an accord with the goal of making a formal announcement on Nov. 12 when the biennial Dubai Air Show kicks off, said the people, asking not to be named as the discussions are confidential. An order for that number would be valued at $15.7 billion at current list prices, though the tally could change as talks enter the final stage.An Airbus SE A380 aircraft.Photographer: Jasper Juinen/BloombergAirbus has been working to secure a follow-on order for the four-engine model from Emirates, which would add another 4 1/2years to its backlog, after the planemaker was forced to cut production of the aircraft to just eight a month next year from 25 in 2016 amid slack demand. Outgoing sales chief John Leahy, who is looking to Emirates for a last triumph before handing over the reins to a successor early next year, is renowned for getting orders signed in the final moments ahead of an air show.

An agreement with Emirates would allow Airbus to continue marketing the plane, pursuing a series of smaller deals that wouldn’t otherwise have been viable without the new commitment from its biggest customer for the double-decker model. Representatives for Toulouse, France-based Airbus and Emirates, which is based in Dubai, declined to comment.The planemaker in June unveiled an upgrade…

Emirates Negotiates to Buy $16 Billion of A380s