Airbus says that re- engining of its A380 superjumbo is something you plan to watch in the long run , but their main priority is to ensure that development times of A350 and A320neo remain on track.
Its more immediate for the four-engine plane target , however , is to improve productivity through the use of seating configurations higher density , says executive vice president programs Tom Williams in an interview with reporters in Busan.
" Many of the designs of airlines ( the A380 ) are probably quite generous and are now probably thinking about how they can make more productive use of real estate ," he says.
William adds that the airframe has " lots of options " on how they can reconfigure the cabin for more efficient use , since it has a better definition of the aircraft did before . There are also possible upgrades to its maximum takeoff weight would improve the aircraft's range .
Airbus These improvements could be applied to the end of the decade, when Emirates begins to take delivery of 50 additional A380s ordered at Dubai Airshow in November, says Williams.
" If you are going to do something more important , do not think it will be within the timeline ," he adds.
To Emirates , Williams said that the A380 order book is strong and that Airbus is " no big hurry" to take any decision on the aircraft. This is mostly because the manufacturer is "very involved " with the planned entry into service of the A350 and the final assembly and first flight of the A320neo.
Emirates President Tim Clark has been pushing Airbus and its suppliers to make improvements to the A380 , while calling for a re- engine jet. Has yet to decide on a motor for 50 A380s ordered in Dubai , leaving open the possibility of a change to the Rolls- Royce Trent 900, which is undergoing a renovation . Your current A380 are powered by Engine Alliance GP7200 engines.