Emirates cancels order for Airbus A340
Clark also said Emirates is interested in acquiring proposed passenger versions of Boeing's planned 747-8 jetliner, an update of the four-engine model introduced in 1969. Emirates would only do so if Boeing stretches the design a bit to increase seating capacity, Clark said, according to the newspaper. In July, the carrier ordered 10 of the cargo version of the 747-8. The 747 is Boeing's largest aircraft and competes to some extent with the A380, Airbus's jumbo jet in production. Clark also said Emirates will send engineers to check on A380 production plants in France and Germany.
The engineers will examine how Airbus managers are resolving industrial problems that have pushed production of the world's largest passenger plane two years behind schedule and more than one-third over its original $12 billion budget. Emirates is the leading customer for the two-deck jetliner, accounting for 43 of the 159 superjumbos Airbus has on firm order.