Airbus delivered more jets in 2017 than ever in its history, yet still finished second behind Boeing's tally, data released late Sunday by the European aircraft manufacturer shows.
"I believe we can find a solution with Emirates in hopefully the not too distant future", Leahy said in an interview with Bloomberg TV.
Airbus chief operating officer Fabrice Bregier said overall deliveries could rise to 800 this year, thanks to the increased pace of production of its medium-haul A320neo aircraft.
More business from Emirates is key to attracting other buyers of the A380 and ensuring jets sold now would hold their resale value.
The A380 drew worldwide attention when launched a decade ago but has always struggled to win enough customers.
"We are still talking to Emirates and quite honestly they are probably the only one in the marketplace who can take a minimum of six A380s a year for a period of eight to 10 years", he said.
In terms of deliveries, landmarks were the first deliveries of A320neos with Pratt&Whitney and CFM International engines, the fiftieth delivery of an A320 family aeroplane from the Mobile FAL, the hundredth delivery of an A350XWB, and the delivery of the hundredth A380 bought by Emirates Airline.
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It has over 160 Boeing 777s in its fleet today and took possession of its 100th A380 in November.
The air show ended without an A380 deal, throwing the line into question.
The Toulouse, France-based company still trailed Boeing Co., though, which retained the title as largest plane-maker by delivering an industry record 763 aircraft in 2017.
Bregier, who's being replaced next month by Guillaume Faury as Airbus overhauls its top management, acknowledged "challenges" lie ahead but called them "manageable".
Airbus has now outsold Boeing for six straight years, encouraging the company to predict that it's just a few more away from also out-delivering its Seattle-based competitor, something last achieved in 2011.
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