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A3XX Launch!

Fri Apr 21, 2000 3:56 am

hursday April 20, 1:41 pm Eastern Time

Airbus expected to unveil first A3XX buyer -source

PARIS, April 20 (Reuters) - Dubai's government-owned Emirates airline is set to become
the first carrier to announce its intention to buy the Airbus A3XX superjumbo airplane, an
industry source said on Thursday.

A brief report in French weekly Le Point on Thursday said Emirates would announce in
Cairo its plans to purchase the mammoth 555-seater, which Airbus [ARBU.CN] hopes to launch by the end of this year and
begin delivering by 2005.

The source confirmed the contents of the report to Reuters and said they expected Airbus to take part in the announcement in
Cairo this weekend.

Officials at Emirates airline were not immediately available to comment. A spokesman at Airbus would only say that Emirates
was among 20 airlines Airbus was talking with on the A3XX.

The Toulouse-based consortium, which is scheduled to be transformed into the Airbus Integrated Company under EADS, is
building the plane to end rival Boeing Co's (NYSE:BA - news) monopoly of the jumbo market with its 747.

But questions about airline demand have plagued the project and Boeing has repeatedly said it does not believe there is a
market for a plane larger than its own jumbo.

Last week Airbus Industrie head Noel Forgeard said he had at least five airlines ready to back the superjumbo and was
``reasonably confident'' it could be launched later this year.

Emirates would be the first airline to officially confirm its plans to buy the aircraft.

However, since the Airbus board has not authorised the consortium's sales team to sign contracts for the plane, the carrier is
unlikely to do much more than announce plans to buy a certain number of planes in the event Airbus goes ahead with the

The Airbus consortium includes Aerospatiale Matra , DaimlerChrysler Aerospace and Spain's Casa, who are merging to form
EADS, as well as BAE Systems (quote from Yahoo! UK & Ireland: BA.L).
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RE: A3XX Launch!

Fri Apr 21, 2000 4:03 am

If Boeing just talks about the Size which they see no demand for.... The A3XX is also technical way advanced.
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RE: A3XX Launch!

Fri Apr 21, 2000 5:25 am

EK are rattling their cages for some extra publicity. They won't order it.

(If they do you can all make me look very stupid...   ).

See my posts in "A3XX customers" for why.
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Fri Apr 21, 2000 6:10 am

Why the heck would Emerites need the 3XX?! Can they really fill that, or would it be the luxury, sparsely seated way to get to Dubai?

As for looking stupid after a bad prediction, well, it happens sometimes.   I was made liar of when I said that no US airline would ever buy 321s. Whoops...