Airbus' Didier Evrard confirmed during an interview that Emirates order for 20 Airbus A380 superjumbos indeed provided a lifeline for the aircraft program for “another ten years at least”. Now, Airbus is having even higher hopes.

Didier Evrard, executive vice president head of programs at Airbus, acknowledged the impact of the recent deal by saying it was “extremely important”, during an interview with CNBC . Airbus believes the A380 program is now sustainable and has even higher hopes for the future: “It gives us a potential now to have a sustainable program,” Evrard said. “We will build on that to future market this aircraft”.

On February 11, 2018, Emirates announced affirming an order for 36 Airbus A380s. The $16 billion worth deal was previously announced in January 2018, as Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The contract is for 20 additional A380 aircraft and 16 options, with the deliveries starting in 2020.

Following the surprise at Dubai Air Show on November 2017, when the gulf carrier opted for Boeing Dreamliners instead of an anticipated $16-billion-worth A380s deal, the continuity of Airbus superjumbo line was left in a precarious position. On January 15, 2018 Airbus’ John Leahy even put it more bluntly by saying that the program would be shut down unless Emirates puts more orders for it.

Emirates, which is by far the largest A380 customer with the 178 this model aircraft, worth over $ 60 billion.