President of Gulf carrier Emirates said plans for a new and improved Airbus A380 super jumbo were "ready to go" and that it was just a matter of finalizing some commercial aspects before launch.
Emirates became the largest customer of the super-jumbo A380 after placing an order for 50 new aircraft in 2013, taking the total order book up to 140. The carrier has been working closely with European manufacturer Airbus on the details of an update on the plane.
"We are working with Airbus with regard to trying to improve the A380. There is a template on the drawing board and they are ready to go. They've just got to get the commercial aspects of it done," Emirates President Tim Clark told CNBC at the Dubai Airshow.
Clark said his carrier was also looking at updates to other types of planes, including Boeing's 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A350 twin-aisle planes.
"We are working with both Airbus and Boeing on the smaller twins, the (Boeing) 787 range and also the (Airbus) 350," Clark said, but he added that he wasn't trying to "marginalize" the design work from Airbus and Boeing. "They have been doing some great work. Both sides of the Atlantic they have some great airplanes," he said.