Cathay Pacific Airways continues to debate the advantages of adding an Airbus Industrie A380 superjumbo airliner to its fleet. A spokesman for Hong Kong's flagship carrier said: 'We have not made any decision on the Airbus A380.' Cathay is a front-runner to lease any of the four new 555-seaters expected to be bought by Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise (Sale), according to industry weekly Flight International . Sale, owned by various Singapore-government affiliates, among them Singapore Airlines (SIA), declined to comment on the report. Analysts said airlines traditionally preferred to lease used aircraft instead of new models. Steve Miller, managing director at airline consultancy Trinity Aviation, said he would be surprised if Sale had agreed to buy a new model A380 - due to enter service in five years. '[New models] are more difficult to lease than aircraft that've been around for a while,' he said. By leasing, carriers shift the capital risk of an aircraft depreciating on to the lessors. Lessors also act as intermediaries, getting aircraft into the fleets of airlines that would otherwise be unwilling to commit themselves. With a slowdown in the United States economy and 10 new aircraft already ordered for delivery this year, analysts believed Cathay was unlikely to be placing further purchase orders in the short term. Mr Miller, a former chief executive of Hong Kong Dragon Airways (Dragonair), said Cathay was still under pressure to buy one of the new superjumbos after SIA said it would take 10. Separately, Cathay has signed a partnership agreement with Air Mauritius. The Mauritian national airline's general manager Vijay Poonoosamy said the agreement, effective from March 25, covered the Mauritius-Hong Kong route and other Cathay routes in Asia, the US and Canada.