A year after Airbus won what appeared to be a lifesaving order for its A380 double-decker, the flagship program’s future is once again on the line.

Gulf carrier Emirates may convert some or all of its most recent 20 superjumbo orders into smaller A350s, people familiar with the matter said.

Airbus is looking closely at closing A380 factories sooner than expected as part of a reshuffle of orders.

Airbus said in a statement after Reuters first published news of the talks that it “confirms it is in discussions with Emirates airline in relation to its A380 contract”. But it said details of negotiations were confidential.

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