DUBAI: Airbus will have to buy back or find new homes for some of the older A380s currently operated by Dubai's Emirates as it finalizes a deal to sell new superjumbos to the Gulf carrier, industry sources said on Sunday.
The European planemaker is expected to announce an order for some 36-38 A380 superjumbos at the opening of the Dubai Airshow later on Sunday.
"A few trade-ins will be involved," a person familiar with the matter said.
An Airbus spokesman said, "We do not comment on our contractual agreements".
Asked at a news conference on the launch of a new first-class cabin whether Emirates would place an A380 order at the show, Emirates president Tim Clark said, "maybe, maybe not".