Dubai's Emirates Airline said Tuesday that two cargo planes will be included among the 10 Airbus A3XX it plans to acquire if the European Airbus consortium goes ahead with the launch of the superjumbo jet.
"Emirates has decided to acquire two A3XX-type cargo planes as part of its expansion plans," company chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Said Al Maktum told journalists, the official WAM news agency reported.
The airline, which belongs to the Dubai government, announced at the end of April that it had ordered five of the new planes and taken an option on five more, making it the first buyer of the new plane.
Sheikh Maktum did not say whether the cargo planes were part of the firm order or the options.
Airbus Industrie moved a step closer to a decision to launch the new plane Tuesday, when Singapore Airlines followed Emirates by coming forward as a likely buyer.
An Airbus board meeting on May 26 could take a decision to go ahead and develop it on the basis of the two clients already publicly identified and other potential buyers.
The new plane, which has been under research for four years, will be able to carry 555 passengers non-stop up to 14,150 kilometers (8,800 miles) -- DUBAI (AFP).
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