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Emirates airline scraps huge Airbus order

Emirates dealt a blow to Airbus on Wednesday
Emirates dealt a blow to Airbus on Wednesday AFP

Emirates airline has cancelled an order for 70 new-generation A350 airlines, cutting about 10 per cent of the Toulouse-based aircraft-maker’s 2014 orders and depriving it of an estomated 12 billion euros of income.

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The move, the biggest-ever by a prestigious customer for a civil airliner, is a major blow to Airbus - the A350 is its competitor with US-based Boeing’s 787, which has been flying since 2011.

Emirates ordered an extra 50 A380 superjumbos at the Dubai airshow in November, Airbus pointed out.

Airbus group shares fell 5.5 per cent to 11.22 euros following the announcement.

Aero-engine maker Rolls Royce said the cancellation would cut its order book by 2.6 billion pounds (3.2 billion euros).

Airbus’s sales division chef John Leahy claimed that he would easily be able to sell the planes elsewhere.

"I am amazed that we already have enquiries, there is already a queue of people," he said after opening an innovation show by Airbus at its headquarters in Toulouse.
 

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