- Dubai-based carrier already had 140 total orders for plane
- Order follows earlier cancellation by Air Austral for 2 A380s
Emirates, already by far the biggest operator of the Airbus A380 super-jumbo, agreed to take two additional units of the double-decker, people familiar with the plan said.
Emirates, whose total number of A380s ordered would swell to 142, is taking the planes that were originally manufactured for Japanese budget carrier Skymark Airlines Inc., said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public.
Skymark’s order was canceled by Airbus after the carrier fell behind on payments, even after the aircraft had already been built and were approaching delivery. The airline subsequently filed for reorganization under bankruptcy laws.
As of the end of the first quarter, Toulouse, France-based Airbus’s overall order tally for 2016 stood at just 10 aircraft, compared with the 122 planes sold by rival Boeing Co. through April 5 on a net basis.