This is a pivotal year for the A380 as Airbus considers neo, PIPs


March 15, 2015: This is a pivotal year for the future of the Airbus A380.

Tim Clark, the president of Emirates Airline, increased the pressure for development of an A380neo when he said he’d buy up to 200 of the prospective re-engined airplane, potentially doubling the number of neos he previously said he’d buy.

It was widely expected that if Airbus proceeds with a neo, Rolls-Royce will provide the engine. Market Intelligence, however, indicates development of the Advance engine may be running into challenges. Airbus is now talking with Engine Alliance about upgrades to the GP7200.


  • Customers take wait-and-see approach to prospect of a New Engine Option.
  • Mixing engine types a consideration for some.
  • Some at Boeing quietly rooting for Airbus to proceed.

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