Emirates hands A380 superjumbo lifeline with $16 billion order

By Tim HepherNANTES, France (Reuters) - Emirates announced a deal for up to 36 Airbus A380 aircraft on Thursday worth as much as $16 billion at list prices, saving the world's biggest passenger jet from death row and securing its future for at least another decade.The European planemaker said Emirates had placed a provisional order for 20 of the double-decker superjumbos, with an option for 16 more.

Deliveries are due to start in 2020.The agreement hands a lifeline to the slow-selling aircraft, in service for just 10 years, and rescues one of.

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