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Emirates Airline Chief Advocates for Airbus A380neo

The aviation industry is always evolving, and Emirates Airline is at the forefront of this change. Sir Tim Clark, the chief of Emirates Airline, has reiterated his call for Airbus to develop a re-engined A380neo. He believes that the addition of a next-generation powerplant could deliver fuel-burn savings of up to 25%.

The Need for a More Efficient A380


Speaking at the Paris Air Forum on 16 June, Clark highlighted that the engines currently equipping the Emirates A380 fleet – both the Engine Alliance GP7200 and Rolls-Royce Trent 900 – were “designed in the 1990s”. He sees the potential for significant performance improvement with the introduction of an engine like the Rolls-Royce UltraFan.

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Clark’s push for a more efficient A380 is not just about improving the airline’s bottom line. It’s about making air travel more sustainable. With the aviation industry under increasing pressure to reduce its carbon footprint, a 25% reduction in fuel burn and emissions would be a significant step forward.

The Potential of Rolls-Royce UltraFan

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Rolls-Royce ran its UltraFan demonstrator for the first time on 24 April. The company sees the architecture as having potential to equip future single- and twin-aisle aircraft requiring between 25,000lb (111kN) and 100,000lb of thrust. The Trent 900 is rated at 84,000lb.

Clark believes that a new A380 using UltraFan engines would “give a step-change” in fuel-burn performance. This isn’t just about making the A380 more efficient. It’s about setting a new standard for the entire industry.

The A380’s Popularity and Future

Clark emphasizes that the A380 remains popular with passengers. Last week, Emirates had 87 of its 116-strong fleet in service operating with an 82% load factor. This shows that despite the challenges the aviation industry has faced in recent years, the A380 continues to be a favorite among travelers.

However, Clark’s pleas for a re-engined A380neo are falling on deaf ears at Airbus: “They always laugh at me,” he says. “I’m the outlier – but I’m simply saying what I know to be the case – they may choose not to deal with that.”

Despite this, Clark remains hopeful. He believes that with the right engine, the A380neo could be a game-changer in the aviation industry.

The Future of A380

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Despite the challenges, Clark remains optimistic about the future of the A380. He believes that with the right engine, the A380neo could be a game-changer in the aviation industry, offering significant fuel savings and reduced emissions. But the question remains: Will Airbus heed his call?

Read also: Decade of Airbus A350: Marking the Journey Since Its Maiden Flight

The future of the A380 and the aviation industry as a whole is uncertain. But one thing is clear: with leaders like Clark pushing for innovation and sustainability, the industry is bound to evolve in exciting ways.

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