Airbus's Struggling Superjumbo Boosted by Iran, Japan Orders

  • Mideast deal for 12 A380s followed by confirmation of ANA sale
  • Purchases are model's first by new airlines in three years

An Airbus SAS A380 aircraft performs a flying display in Paris.

Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Iran’s surprise agreement to buy the Airbus Group SE A380 marks the second new deal for the superjumbo in three weeks and will help the planemaker paper over the cracks in its flagship program -- for now.

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