The National News – Dubai Airshow 2021 : Les Emirats Arabes Unis réintroduiront 60 A380 d’ici la fin de l’année

Airbus will stop production of its A380 superjet by 2021 Reuters

La compagnie aérienne s’attend à une croissance continue au second semestre de l’exercice après le retour à la rentabilité en Octobre.

Emirates, the largest customer of the Airbus A380, plans to reinstate more of its double-deckers by the end of 2021 and expects continued growth in the second half of its fiscal year, the airline’s chairman said.

The airline will return more than 60 of its A380s to the skies, up from 47 superjumbos currently in operation, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed, chairman and chief executive of Emirates airline and group, said at a media briefing at the Dubai Airshow on Monday.

Emirates has gradually been restoring its fleet of 118 superjumbos that was grounded last year by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The airline recorded operating profit in October for the first time since the onset of the pandemic amid a rebound in passenger travel demand and a strong performance from its freight business.

October was a “positive month for Emirates, it was better than expected and I see that is going to continue”, Sheikh Ahmed said.

Emirates has been engaged in “positive” talks with Boeing regarding the delivery time and supply chain for the 777X programme, Sheikh Ahmed said.

“It is positive, it is good, maybe there are certain things I cannot really say at the moment because still we are in that process,” he said. “But I can say it is positive. We [will] focus on the programme delivery.”

Asked whether the airline would also consider a proposed freighter version of the 777X, Sheikh Ahmed declined to comment as discussions with the US plane manufacturer are ongoing. LINK TO ARTICLE