The future of the manufacturer’s A380 aircraft was under serious threat which would have impacted on jobs at Broughton.
Fortunately for the production line, Dubai-based Emirates Airline has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to acquire up to 36 of the huge aircraft in a deal that will secure the plane's future for the next 10 years.
Airbus had said that the future of the plane was dependant on a new order for the A380 and after receiving no orders for the A380 in 2017, things were looking bleak for the aircraft’s future.
Had a new order not come in, jobs at Broughton, where they make wings for the plane, would have been under threat.
John Leahy, chief operating officer customers at Airbus, said: “This aircraft has contributed enormously to Emirates' growth and success since 2008 and we are delighted that it will continue to do so.
“This new order underscores Airbus’ commitment to
“I’m personally convinced more orders will follow Emirates’ example and that this great aircraft will be built well into the 2030s.”
According to Airbus, the purchase will extend production of the A380 until 2029, as long as Emirates takes all of the planes.
The airline had dashed a deal for the same number of aircraft in November amid doubts about the manufacturer’s commitment to improving the plane.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates Airline and Group, said: “We’ve made no secret of the fact that the A380 has been a success for Emirates.
“Our customers love it, and we’ve been able to deploy it on different missions across our network, giving us flexibility in terms of range and passenger mix.
“Some of the new A380s we’ve just ordered will be used as fleet replacements. This order will provide stability to the A380 production line.”
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