Airbus’s troubled A380 “superjumbo” airliner is expected to get a shot in the arm at the Dubai airshow this week when Gulf carrier Emirates is expected to place an order for about 17 of the aircraft.
The list price of the plane is $437 million, and industry sources say the order, with possible discounts, is expected to be worth between $7 billion and $8bn (£5.3bn and £6bn).
Airbus makes the wings for the A380 at its Broughton site in north Wales, and the order is also expected to be a boost for the group’s supply chain.
The pan-European aerospace business spends hundreds of millions of pounds a year with Scottish suppliers.
It has recently announced cuts in production of the jet, with the result that by 2019 just eight will be constructed each year under current plans.
Emirates is the largest customer for the A380, and took delivery of its 100th aircraft earlier this month. However, there have been no other new buyers in the past year.