Airbus draws up plans to cut A380 output to six per year

Dianna Christensen
January 16, 2018

The company announced a bonanza of orders in late December, and said on Monday that it sold more than 1,000 of the planes in 2017. Boeing delivered 763 aircraft previous year, beating its own 2015 record by one.

Airbus chief operating officer and president commercial aircraft, Fabrice Brégier said the aircraft manufacturer would ramp up its aircraft deliveries this year. Airbus wants a guarantee from Emirates for a long-term order whereas Emirates want to ensure that the A380 continues to be produced so as to protect their investment.

Airbus sold 1,109 planes last year, 52 per cent higher than 2016, outstripping rival Boeing thanks to a raft of end-of-year deals, including a US$50 billion order for 430 A320neos from U.S. private equity firm Indigo Partners.

The planemaker, based in Toulouse, France, reported on Monday that it delivered 718 planes in 2017, fewer than Boeing's 763 but still a record for Airbus.

"The market is stronger everywhere such as the stock market".

'But I'm hopeful that we work out a deal with Emirates, ' he added. Aircraft sales are commonly made at confidential negotiated prices.

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Airbus lagged its American rival for much of 2017, but managed to capture the global sales title for a fifth consecutive year with a massive deal at the Dubai Air Show in December.

Airbus plans to build 12 of the superjumbo double-deckers this year and eight next year.

But air traffic has gravitated to smaller, regional airports, favouring Boeing and its 787 Dreamliner, a midsize, wide-bodied plane that can carry a maximum of 330 passengers.

558 single aisle A320 Family.

The Gulf airline was "probably the only one who has the ability right now in the marketplace to take a minimum of six [A380s] a year for a period of eight to ten years", Leahy said, as the company revealed its aircraft order and delivery figures for 2017. By the end of the year, its total order backlog stood at 7 265 aircraft, worth $1.059-trillion at list prices.

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