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Emirates firms up order for 50 more A380s


(arabianbusiness.comEmirates Airline and Airbus said on Monday that they have completed discussions and signed the firm contract for 50 additional A380s.
The deal, originally announced at the Dubai Airshow last month, is worth $23 billion at list prices and brings total orders from Emirates alone for the world's largest jetliner to 140 aircraft.
The contract documents were finalised by Tim Clark, Emirates Airline president, during a visit to Airbus’ Headquarters in Toulouse, France.
Clark said: “The A380 is our flagship aircraft. It is popular with our customers and delivers results for us in terms of operational performance. That is why we have ordered these additional 50 aircraft, to add to our A380 fleet.”
John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer, Customers, added: “This order is a major vote of confidence in the A380. Since delivery of their first aircraft in July 2008, Emirates’ A380 fleet has grown to be the largest in the world with 44 A380s in operation.
"We congratulate Emirates on this impressive achievement and thank the airline for their continued support of our flagship aircraft."
Since first entering service in 2007, to date 122 A380s have been delivered.
The aircraft flies 8,500 nautical miles or 15,700 kilometres non-stop, carrying more people at lower cost and with less impact on the environment.
US plane maker Boeing said last month that its orders and commitments at Dubai Airshow totalled $101.5bn, more than double that of its European rival Airbus.
In separate statements, the aircraft manufacturers revealed the number of orders secured at the show.
Boeing said its orders and commitments (excluding options and purchase rights) reached 342 airplanes, valued at $101.5bn.

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