Airbus chief commercial officer Eric Schulz is optimistic of gaining a handful of A380 sales this year.

The airframer logged orders for 20 from Emirates earlier this year, but otherwise slow sales have forced the company to cut its production rate to just six per year from 2020.

Schulz told investors at a briefing during the Farnborough air show that he did not want them to believe that Airbus had “given up” on orders.

“We have not,” he states. “To be very open with you, I’d be very disappointed if we would not book at least five or six additional orders this year.”

He did not elaborate on the discussions or disclose whether they centred on new or current customers.

Schulz insists the airframer is “working very hard” to secure sales, describing the A380 as the “aircraft of reference” for “every saturated platform” and adding: “There are possibilities in the market.”

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