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Emirates hopes for progress on Superjumbo engine upgrade

June 3, 2014 1:11 am

The world’s largest customer for the Airbus A380, Emirates Airline has said it hoped to achieve progress soon on its call to upgrade the world’s biggest passenger jet with new engines, Reuters has reported. The Dubai-based carrier has expressed interest in applying the lessons of other Airbus re-engining projects, nicknamed ‘neo’ or new engine option, to the four-engined superjumbo. “There is a distinct possibility that if the neo is builtm it will give a 10-12% performance improvement, so it is definitely worth having and we are hoping to move on that pretty soon,” Emirates’ CEO, Tim Clark, said. The airline increased its order for A380s in November, adding 50 aircraft to bring the total on order to 140.