Airbus undertakes a re-evaluation of its production ramp-up plan for the A380,
Emirates has warned that any additional delays to programme would create an
“acute problem” for its near-term expansion plans.
Emirates has 58 A380s on order with deliveries due to begin
this summer and run through to 2013/14. The first five A380s are all due to be
delivered by March next year.
existing A380 production plan calls for 13 deliveries
this year, 25 in 2009 with output then stabilising from 2010 at the maximum
planned rate of 45 a year. However Airbus chief executive Tom
Enders was recently reported to have said he is “conducting a major review” of
deviation from the existing ramp-up plan would impact deliveries to Emirates,
which is of concern to the airline’s president Tim Clark: “We’re waiting for
Airbus to complete its evaluation. The A380 deliveries are crucial to what we
want to do, so if we don’t get them as planned then we’ll have an acute
the longer term, Clark says the timing and
capabilities of Jebel Ali’s Al Maktoum International
Airport will drive any decision about further A380 orders: “If the airport is built
to the size, and to the pace that we want, who knows what is possible.”
adds that eventually Emirates will have to relocate from the existing airport
to the new development as he does not “see a place for two international
airports in Dubai”.
The airport is due to be fully operational in 2015.
consultancy phase for the Jebel Ali master plan is at an advanced stage and
Emirates has had a very big input into this. It should be finished by the end
of the year,” he says.