Fabrice Brégier, president and CEO of Airbus.
Emirates “makes a lot of money” through its ever-increasing fleet of A380 aircraft while most of its growth is thanks to the superjumbo’s introduction, according to the chief executive officer of the plane’s maker.
Fabrice Brégier, president and CEO of Airbus, has credited the Dubai carrier and its president Tim Clark for using its family of A380s to best effect.
“Is Dubai-Manchester point-to-point or is it a hub? It is a mix, it is a market which didn’t exist,” said Brégier.
“But with the talent of Emirates and the vision of Tim Clark – and the A380 – he makes a lot of money with it.”
Addressing the world’s aviation media at Airbus’ headquarters in Toulouse, France, Brégier said he was “very pleased” with the company’s relationship with Middle East airlines and believes the A380 has been fundamental to the growth of Emirates – the biggest carrier in the region.
“I’m very pleased to see that the majority of the growth of Emirates comes from the introduction to service of the A380. Right now Emirates would like to have more aircraft delivered faster rather than slowing down the production.
“We enjoy, I believe, a good relationship with all the companies in this region. Qatar Airways is the launch customer of the A350 which is very important.
“Etihad as well and others are about to make decisions [on ordering planes] so the Middle East is a region of the world which is very close to Airbus.
“We try very modestly to deliver according to our commitments and to be their partner of choice, but the competition is tough.”