Emirates' 100th Airbus A380 is pictured during its delivery ceremony at the German headquarters of aircraft company Airbus in Hamburg-Finkenwerder, November 3, 2017. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer
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Airbus SE is working with Emirates, the biggest buyer of its A380 double-decker airliner, on a follow-up deal, which would bring much-needed relief to a program that's running out of orders as carriers pick smaller more fuel-efficient aircraft.Emirates represents the only major customer for the double-decker, with 142 of the jet's 317 net orders as the airline uses the model as its flagship.Bloomberg reported in June that Airbus was working to secure a follow-on order for 20 planes, which would lift Emirates' total order book to more than half of the A380's total. In June, Airbus unveiled the so-called A380plus, which adds fuel-saving upgrades in a bid to make the 550-seat, four-engine behemoth more appealing.Besides Emirates, Etihad Airways PSJC and Qatar Airways also operate the plane.
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