An Emirates Airbus A380 airliner prepares to land at Nice international airport, France, January 18, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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Emirates Airlines said Thursday it has struck a $16 billion deal to buy 36 Airbus A380 superjumbos just days after the European manufacturer said it would have to halt production without new orders.Emirates is already the world's biggest customer for the A380 with 101 in its fleet and 41 more firm orders previously placed.Instead, Emirates inked a deal to buy 40 Boeing Dreamliners for more than $15 billion.Airbus's decision in 2007 to pursue the A380, capable of packing in 853 seats, was diametrically opposed to Boeing's bet on the Dreamliner, marketed as a more efficient plane that could be used for both medium and long-distance flights.Airbus warned Monday that it might have to end production of the A380, having booked no new orders for the plane in two years.Airbus said it has delivered 222 A380s to 13 airlines so far.
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