Airbus receives record order from Emirates for A380

by Alfie FEATHERSTONE on June 10, 2010

As more signs begin to emerge indicating the aerospace industry is on a slow recovery from the recession, Dubai-based carrier Emirates revealed Tuesday a request for the largest order of Airbus A380s ever placed.

Emirates Airlines is quickly becoming the Middle East’s largest carrier, and was already the top customer for the A380s, with 58 on order. However, Tom Enders, Airbus CEO, said the recent expansion of the order marked a ‘vote of confidence’ for the airline.

Emirates received its first A380 back in July 2008, and now operates 10 of the aircraft to eight different locations including Toronto, London, and Paris. The expansion may also be accounted for by the fact that airlines typically receive discounts when placing larger orders.

Chief executive of Emirates, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, officially signed off on the order at the Berlin Air Show with Mr Enders. The Berlin Air Show, while popular, is not as widely attended as its counterparts in Dubai and Paris.

During the global economic downturn, demand for air travel waned, causing aircraft manufacturers like Airbus and Boeing to rely heavily on back-dated orders to retain growth patterns over the past two years, as new orders became infrequent. Similarly, during the downturn many airlines were forced to cancel or defer orders in order to protect profits as the economy floundered.

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