Lufthansa and Emirates remain confident their depreciation strategies will help mitigate any surprises in A380 residual values.
"It is not something that we are that concerned about," said Brian Jeffery, senior vice president, corporate treasury, Emirates at the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading conference in Rome today.
"We depreciate the aircraft we own at 15 years down to 10%," he says.
Nico Buchholz, executive vice president fleet, Lufthansa agreed. "We too use a similar depreciation policy of 12 years down to 15%."
According to Buchholz, the challenges of residual risk can be addressed through depreciation policy.
Also, he says selling multiple aircraft can help uphold residual values.
"It is more difficult when you are selling one, but it is better as a batch, no matter if it is the A380 or another aircraft."
Also, Jeffery sees the A380 market widening, which should help residual values.
"There are new markets for the aircraft all the time. We are seeing more and more orders from British Airways and hear rumours of another European carrier."