Emirates \'Delighted but not Surprised\' by Airbus Launch

Published December 21st, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Emirates, the first airline to place an order for the A380 superjumbo, Wednesday said it was "delighted, but not surprised" by Airbus' decision to begin development of the giant aircraft, the Gulf News reported Thursday. 

Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates chairman was quoted by the daily as saying that the "all of us at Emirates are delighted but not surprised that the Airbus supervisory board has given the green light to build the A380." 

Emirates ordered seven A380s - five for passengers and two for freight - in a deal worth $1.5 billion -- Albawaba.com

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