This denial changes the picture entirely, in my opinion, if they soon return these planes to service as planned.
I don't think it changes anything. It's not a Mexican denial, it's Russian. Just usual Russian blah-blah (they are used to that since 100 years or so). First let's see if those four (which would include the damaged/repaired one) really return by March 31st. Which incidentally is two months later than January 31st, the date which was quoted by TASS just two weeks ago(!).
Apart from the Russian bashing you are using (which I utterly reject especially in aviation matters), we are in agreement: we both wrote that what matters is that the planes be returned to service.
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unfortunately I am almost sure they will go for the 11-abreast seating. Why ? Look what they did with their complete 777 feet - they did "upgraded" (or better to say downgraded) from 9 to 10 abreast - they did this move of course silently .....
When EK was pressing for a new A380 engine, Airbus came up with several cabin densification counter-proposals , one of them being 11-abreast seating. Tim Clark publicly made it clear - I think three times, but I am not quite sure - that he was not interested because he did not want to risk losing the A380 attractiveness (for the same reason, he later rejected the suppression of the large forward stair). Of course, Clark may change his mind, but it is unlikely.
Fortunately, this is a disagreement that cannot last any longer than the time it will take Airbus and EK to firm the order.
Once more I must disagree with you (and I am sorry to say in our friendly disagreements I was more often right )
I remember that we had many enjoyable discussions, and I am not sure that we disagreed in a majority of cases. When we did disagree, I am sorry to say that I am absolutely unaware of having often been proven wrong. Quite possibly, in some cases, we both had the feeling of having been proven right.
EK has publicly shown no interest for the 'A380 plus', though the airline might still take the new winglets. As regards the cabin, EK is not interested in Airbus' main densification proposals (11-abreast seating, ditching the forward stair), but a new, denser configuration might be created with Airbus' help.