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Sunday, 15 March 2009

Emirates Confident of A380, Has No Plan to Cut Orders

Emirates, the biggest customer for the Airbus SAS A380, said its confidence in the superjumbo remains unchanged after German magazine Der Spiegel reported breakdowns had grounded the new aircraft for 500 hours.

The Dubai government-owned carrier, which already took delivery of four A380s, met with officials of Toulouse, France- based Airbus to discuss technical issues with the A380, the airline said today in an e-mailed response to questions. “Technical issues are expected with new aircraft. Naturally we want these to be resolved as soon as possible.”

A delegation from Emirates cited a series of defects with the plane when it visited European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co. last month, Der Spiegel reported yesterday in a preview of an article in its latest edition. In a 46-page presentation, Emirates’ officials said breakdowns had grounded the airline’s A380s for 500 hours, the magazine reported, without saying where it got the information.