The new planes will be delivered from 2020, with engine options being evaluated.
Emirates took delivery of an Airbus SE A380 superjumbo that had previously been refused, marking a step forward for the embattled program.
The A380, which had been fully kitted out and ready for delivery last month, was delivered in mid-November, a spokesman for Airbus said in a statement. Airbus said in an Oct. 31 earnings update that it was “actively working to resolve certain commercial challenges” on the supply of the aircraft to a customer.
Emirates and engine-supplier Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc have been locked in negotiations over terms for the supply of turbines for the double-decker. The Gulf carrier in January placed a follow-on order for the plane that had been punted as a life-saving deal that would allow production of the aircraft to continue until 2029.
Spokespeople for Emirates and Rolls-Royce weren’t available to comment when contacted by Bloomberg.
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