Emirates president Tim Clark believes that the second-hand market for the Airbus A380 will be a good opportunity for carriers to explore the economic capabilities of the jet.

The Middle Eastern carrier took its first A380 in 2008 and the carrier typically retains aircraft for around 12 years.

Clark, speaking at an event in London, said: “It’s clear to me that there are carriers interested in the A380 that can’t afford one.”

He believes the second-hand market for the type will be “fairly strong”, especially as passenger demand increases with a recovering global economy.

Clark says used A380s present a “very good value proposition” for customers who “want to come in at a slightly lower price”.

Emirates is fitting 50 A380s still on order with Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines. Some of these aircraft, says Clark, will serve as replacements for part of the Dubai-based airline’s current A380 fleet.

Source: Cirium Dashboard