How the Airbus A380 Got a New Lease on Life

United Arab Emirates' Air Force Aerobatic Team, Al-Fursan, performs with an Emirates Airline's Airbus A380 (left) at the Dubai Airshow on Nov. 18 in Dubai Photograph by Karim Sahib/AFP via Getty Images

The world’s largest passenger airplane will live to fight another day. Airbus’s A380 superjumbo got a fresh 50-jet order from Emirates Airline, the Dubai flag carrier, on Sunday at the Dubai Air Show. The order was the first of the year for the twin-deck airplane, which has struggled with weak demand from airlines, which must struggle to fit such a large plane into their networks. Emirates is the largest buyer of the A380, with 39 in service and 101 now on order.

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