Airbus plans to make the decision about whether or not it will launch a re-engined version of the Airbus A380 in 2015, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer Customers John Leahy told Aviation Week at the Farnborough Air Show. Emirates, the aircraft’s most important operator, keeps on pushing Airbus hard to launch the A380neo and Leahy says that “if he [Emirates President Tim Clark] wants it, we need to study it.”

Emirates has been aiming at getting the aircraft as soon as possible and was hoping to have an A380neo available by around 2018. But according to Leahy, if Airbus was to do it, the aircraft would not arrive that soon. “You would be looking at 2020 or so,” Leahy said. Emirates has just taken delivery of its 50th A380, the airline has 90 more on firm order. Airbus has a total of 324 orders for the aircraft and has so far delivered 135 of them.

Leahy says the internal studies will continue throughout the second half of 2014 and will focus on answering the question whether the additional sales possible with new engines will justify the investment and how many of the future orders Airbus could get without the re-engining exercise.

In another A380 debate, Leahy says that Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker is complaining about “cosmetic issues” such as slightly imperfect colors and gaps between cabin walls and passenger information stickers. “There is no reason why a different airline would not have taken the aircraft,” he says. He believes that Airbus could have insisted on Qatar taking the aircraft, while the small remaining issues could be addressed during the next maintenance downtime. But with the airline being as important a customer as it is, the manufacturer is still aiming at an amicable solution. Qatar has ten A380s, 80 A350s and dozens of narrowbodies on order.

Qatar is also the first customer of the A350-900 later this year.