Recently, Emirates signed an impressive order for an additional 50 Airbus A380s and Amedeo (formerly Doric Leasing) ordered 20 of the mega-transports. These orders are enough to maintain A380 production for more than two years; they also breed false hope. Realistically, the program is probably limping toward its end point, unless a mid-life update is put in play and spurs new sales. But it looks unlikely that Toulouse could rapidly fund, for example, a “neo” derivative—a ...

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