- Dec 6, 2004
More trouble for Airbus. Although the BBC is reporting that "...an Airbus spokesman said it was not aware of any cancellation and its order book showed Emirates still earmarked to take delivery of 18 of the planes."reuters.com said:
Emirates cancels Airbus A340-600 order
By James Cordahi
DUBAI, Oct 31 (Reuters) - Emirates, the largest Arab airline, has cancelled an order for as many as 20 long-range Airbus A340-600 aircraft, ending a delay in the delivery of the aircraft pending enhancements.
"We will not be taking delivery of these planes," Emirates spokesman Mike Simon said late on Monday, declining to explain why.
Dubai-based Emirates ordered 12 of the four-engine planes and options for eight more in 2003 for delivery in May.
Emirates delayed the delivery in March after Airbus proposed making an enhanced version of the high-gross-weight variant of the plane. Emirates President Tim Clark said at the time the airline did not want take delivery of an aircraft that would overtaken by a better model.
Emirates leased five Boeing Co. 777 planes for as long as 15 years and might lease another two to plug the gap in delivery of the A380s, Simon said.
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