Emirates needs more A380s, says Tim Clark

Emirates airline needs “even more” Airbus A380 aircraft in the future, according to Emirates president Sir Tim Clark.

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Emirates airline needs “even more” Airbus A380 aircraft in the future, according to Emirates president Sir Tim Clark.

In an interview with the Netherland’s Het Financieele Dagblad newspaper, Clark said the “the potential market remains huge” for the superjumbo aircraft, despite the emergence of smaller, more energy-efficient aircraft capable of flying to medium-sized cities.

“The potential market remains huge. We need even more A380s,” Clark told the newspaper.

Clark added, however, that the recent partnership between Emirates and flydubai that was announced in July will mean that the composition of Emirates’ fleet will be re-evaluated.

“There is room for the A350s and the [Being 787] Dreamliner,” he said. “We’re definitely considering that.”

During the interview, Clark also said he was unconcerned about the potential competition from Joon, an Air France-KLM subsidiary that begins operations in December with single aisle aircraft in the intial phase, with ten long-haul aircraft due to be added by 2020. More info

By Sarah Townsend  arabianbusiness.com