April 11, 2018 / 12:31 PM / a year ago

Emirates to exercise 16 Airbus A380 options 'sooner rather than later' - president

General view shows an Airbus A380 at the final assembly line at Airbus headquarters in Blagnac near Toulouse, France, March 21, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

HAMBURG (Reuters) - Emirates will exercise purchasing rights for 16 Airbus A380 jets “sooner rather than later,” the airline’s president said on Wednesday.

Emirates signed a preliminary agreement in January for 20 A380s and options for an additional 16. It has since finalised the agreement for the 20 A380 jets.

The Middle East airline is still deciding which engines it will purchase for those A380s, President Tim Clark told reporters in Hamburg.

Reporting by Victoria Bryan, writing by Alexander Cornwell; Editing by Susan Fenton

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