Emirates President Tim Clark has said he "wants to know what Airbus will do with the programme" suggesting he is not ready to back the A380 unless the manufacturer can provide assurances over the programme's long term viability and sell the aircraft to more airlines.
“I’m concerned about continuity of production,” Clark told reporters at a media briefing during the Paris Airshow. “We’ll need to retire aircraft fairly soon and we would probably take some more. But I don’t want to be left with a pup. I don’t want to be left with aeroplanes that are headed for obsolescence,” he was quoted as saying by Bloomberg.
Clark suggested he would be interested in wing modifications to the A380 but has said he is opposed with Airbus' plan to remove the grand staircase from the interiors.
Emirates is the world's largest operator of the A380s with 95 in operations and a further 47 on order. The airline is also reportedly in talks to purchase 20 additional A380s at a discount. But before Emirates goes through with any orders, Airbus "need to put the A380s into other airlines," Clark said.