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Emirates gives a hand to troubled A380 program with 20 new orders including an option for 16 moreEmirates wants more Airbus A380. Emirates orders 20 Superjumbos and secures an option for 16 more. Thus the long-discussed A380 program is saved for the time being. (airlinerwatch.com) More...
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Good for Airbus I guess? I wouldn't want to be in the position that a single customer is basically determining the fate of a whole production line, though.
Dont worry Boing will get some help too. A new record from Airbus: 1109 orders and 718 deliveries in 2017
I wonder if they'll continue to use the GP7200 engines or get some Rolls Royce Trent?
In terms of favorite airplane, I've always favored the 757 - a very elegant looking A/C, with single aisle, glass cockpit and modern for its age - the USAF has several with the Vice President using one as I write this today. And, who can argue with the President, who before being forced to fly that giant gas guzzler, had his own Trump 757.
The 757 is a nice plane but the 707 was the Dawn of the Jet age. My friends and I would climb up on the roof of one garages in the early evening and watch as they flew over our development lined up to land at what is now JFK. In those days the airlines markings were on the bottom of the wing and we would to try to guess where the plane was coming from. Pan Am, TWA, United, and a bunch of other carriers we never heard of from overseas. One buy one almost directly over head they would turn for Idlewild airport from 4 in the afternoon until about eight it was almost a constant mix of 707's, DC8's' Connie's, Electra's and a mix of Reciprocal engine planes. When the wind was right which was most nights it was a plane buff delight.
Emirates gives in to Airbus was not what I expected. Airbus wanted at the very least an A380neo which airbus refused to do. Considering the new Boeing 797X will carry almost as many passengers as the A380 and be more airport friendly allowing for more route flexibility. I did not expect Emirates to give in to Airbus I truly expected them toi get the concessions they wanted. Airbus must have made one heck of a price reduction.