WHEN EMIRATES ORDERED EIGHT additional A380s at the 2007 Paris Air Show, President Tim Clark explained the new order to take the airline's then-commitment to 55 quite simply to ATW: "We believe that once the A380 is in service, airlines will want to order it." Clark hadn't reckoned on the global financial meltdown when he made his prediction, and carriers may be reluctant to commit to any major new investment until the industry is on sounder financial footing. Nevertheless, the A380 has ...

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