Airbus is accelerating studies of an upgraded A380, and after talks held last month with engine makers in Toulouse, appears to be closing on an initial agreement with Rolls-Royce. The engine manufacturer strongly supports plans for both the A380neo and the potential A380-900 stretch. According to industry sources, Rolls-Royce is discussing a variety of all-new engine options, ranging from derivatives of the Airbus A350’s XWB-84/97 to the future Advance project unveiled earlier this ...

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