“For us, the A380 is a wonderful aircraft loved by our customers and our crew. It is a differentiator for Emirates,” the statement said.
Al Maktoum confirmed Emirates Airline would continue to use Airbus’ flagship aircraft well into the 2030s.
“The A380 is Emirates’ flagship and has contributed to the airline’s success for more than ten years. As much as we regret the airline’s position, selecting the A330neo and A350 for its future growth is a great endorsement of our very competitive widebody aircraft family,” Guillaume Faury, president of Airbus Commercial Aircraft and future Airbus CEO, said in a statement.
“Going forward, we are fully committed to deliver on the longstanding confidence Emirates is placing in Airbus,” Faury added.
Meanwhile, Airbus reported stronger-than-anticipated fourth-quarter earnings on Thursday. Europe’s largest aerospace group projected higher aircraft deliveries and profits in 2019.