Speaking at a press conference on Monday, John Heahy, sales director at Airbus, shared that the company would have no other choice but to halt production on the A380 aircraft if Dubai’s Emirates Airlines does not place another order.
“We are still talking to Emirates, but honestly, they are probably the only one to have the ability right now on the market place to take a minimum of six per year on a period of eight to 10 years,” said Leahy during the press conference.
“If we can’t work out a deal with Emirates there is no choice but to shut down the programme,” he said.
Launched back in 2007, the A380 serves as the largest passenger airliner in operation, a total of 317 orders for the aircraft have been placed since its launch. While Emirates has served as the primary buyer of the A380 superjumbo jet, no new orders have been placed over the last two years.
Back in November, Emirates placed a $15.1bn order for 40 Boeing 787 Dreamliners.