Airbus-A380-EconomyAir Austral, based in France’s La Reunion, will become the first airline to fly planes carrying over 800 people after confirming an order for two Airbus A380 superjumbos earlier this week, industry sources said.

The sources said a provisional order for two of the European planes worth some US$650 million (A$695 million) at list prices, placed in January, would was expected to be firmed up at the Dubai event.

Airbus declined to comment.

Air Austral is the first airline to order a no-frills version of the world’s largest airliner, which is capable of carrying 840 passengers when contains only economy seats.

The 200 aircraft sold so far have all been ordered in their standard configuration of 525 seats and airlines have in practice opted for fewer seats by making more room for premium passengers.