Paris — A $16bn deal with Emirates airline for A380 superjumbos will give Airbus "at least 10 years of visibility", says the European aircraft’s manufacturer’s CEO Tom Enders. Emirates announced the deal on Thursday to buy 36 Airbus A380s — just days after Airbus said it would have to halt production without new orders. The deal was "excellent news" and "a sign of confidence on the part of a company that has built its strategy on growth around the plane", the Airbus told France’s Journal du Dimanche newspaper. "It gives us at least 10 years of visibility," Enders added. Emirates said it had placed firm orders for 20 of the double-decker aircraft with options for a further 16. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2020. The airline is already the world’s biggest customer for the A380 with 101 in its fleet and 41 more firm orders previously placed. Airbus hopes that by continuing the programme for the next 10 years or even beyond, potential customers of the A380 will decide to order th...

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