Middle Eastern carrier Emirates appears set to take half of its additional 50 Airbus A380s before 2019, after the airline firmed its order for the extra jets.
The airline had already been expecting to receive 90 A380s by 2017, before signing for the extra aircraft which took its total to 140.
But the Dubai-based carrier, which has 44 in its fleet, says it will take 71 of the remaining 96 by the end of 2018.
This would require delivery of 25 additional aircraft above the original 90, and an overall delivery rate averaging 14 aircraft for each of the next five years.
Emirates took delivery of 13 A380s this year and says it expects to receive another 13 next year.
Airbus has been aiming to stabilise output at 30 aircraft per year from 2014, in order to achieve production break-even in 2015.
Chief executive Fabrice Bregier told an EADS investor forum on 12 December that he believed the airframer would be “very close to that”, following the additional order for the type.
He says the production rate is “rather well-protected” up to the end of 2017. Airbus has secured orders for 309 A380s in total.