In a recent interview, the CEO of Emirates called for Airbus to think about a successor for the Airbus A380. With over 118 of these superjumbos in its fleet, Emirates is by far the largest operator of the type.
The problem, Clark says, is that the currently available airplanes on the market might not be large enough to pick up the increased demand in traveling which is expected over the next decades.
The Airbus A380 is no longer being built and it is expected that the models still flying may only be in service until around the mid or late 2030s. At the same time, international airports are not being expanded to handle more movements with smaller aircraft such as the Boeing 777X or the A350-1000.
The Emirates CEO says there is a need for a way to transport more passengers with fewer flights. In his view, this requires a successor to the Airbus A380: larger, more economical, and more sustainable.
“If you can get them to do what I think they could do in terms of fuel efficiency and power, then you have the makings of an airplane that would match or beat the economics of the [twin-engine aircraft] that we see today, by quite a long way,” Clark said in his interview with CNN.
Of course, the question is whether such an aircraft will ever be built. But it cannot be ruled out. We can be excited, as we are about so many things in the future of civil aviation.
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