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No quick deal seen between Airbus and China on A380

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By Tim Hepher

PARIS (Reuters) - has studied the possibility of selling a stake in its flagship superjumbo programme in exchange for orders as it tries to shore up declining production, but no immediate deal is on the table, industry sources said.

reported earlier that was offering an industrial partnership on the world's largest airliner as part of a visit to by French this week.

Macron is being accompanied by industry leaders including

The idea, which has been on the back-burner in Toulouse for some time, would resemble Airbus's decision to take a stake in the CSeries, but so far there has been little traction and no deal is imminent, one source said.

"It's not tomorrow," another source added, while others dismissed the prospect of quick progress in on the A380, whose immediate fate hinges instead on sales talks with Dubai's Emirates .

An said, "We don't comment on speculation".

officials have said that if the 544-seat A380's future can be secured into the next decade, then is likely to come into the picture because of its frenetic demand growth.

It sees untapped demand for 100 in

argues that traffic is better served by smaller jets.

During Macron's trip to China, could, however, reconfirm brisk demand for some of its smallest models with a decision to boost assembly of A320-family jets in the northern port city of Tianjin, one of its four production facilities.

assembled 50 of the planes in last year, compared with a total number of planes delivered to that is seen as closer to 170.

Data is due to be published on Jan 15.

A decision to increase the contribution of the Chinese plant towards total single-aisle production could become even more pressing if, as expected, secures an order for around 100 planes as part of Macron's visit, the sources said.

The final number of jets to be sold has not been determined. is also said to be shopping for larger jets like the

(Reporting by Tim Hepher; Editing by Mathieu Rosemain)

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 22:46 IST
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