Visitors walk past an Airbus A380 during the Dubai Airshow in Dubai, United Arab Emirates November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Satish Kumar
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At the handover of the 100th A380 superjumbo to Gulf carrier Emirates earlier this month in Hamburg, Airbus SE rolled out the red carpet to airline executives and Dubai royalty, who in turn winked and nodded that another multibillion-dollar order for the double-decker was on the cards.Excitement over a mammoth follow-on contract from the A380's only significant backer turned first to bewilderment as word spread that no announcement would be forthcoming, and then to mortification for Airbus as Emirates proceeded instead to hand a $15 billion deal to arch-rival Boeing Co.Airbus and Emirates have developed an almost symbiotic relationship around the A380 . The Gulf giant has given the superjumbo a public profile it would otherwise have struggled to attain, while the airline put the 550-seat jet at the heart of its bid to divert a significant proportion of global traffic via a former aviation backwater.The gloom eased only three days later after the announcement of an order for 430 narrow-body jets from a U.S. buyer, a record deal for the company.Emirates would take another 36 A380s worth $17 billion, bringing its total to a staggering 178 aircraft, more than half the model's entire order book, the people said.Officials at Airbus and Emirates declined to comment.
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