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An Emirates A380 arriving in London. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Emirates Takes Delivery of 117th Airbus A380 Aircraft

Emirates Airline has announced it has taken delivery of its latest super jumbo, which joins the airline’s fleet marking its 117th Airbus A380. The next A380 the airline takes will include Emirates’ long-awaited Premium Economy product.

The A380 MSN264 with registration A6-EVM left Hamburg Finkenweder on Dec. 11 and arrived in Dubai at 05:30 the next morning.

The Dubai-based airline, which is the largest A380 operator in the world, soon expects its third A380 for the month with the delivery of its first superjumbo arriving earlier in the month powered by sustainable aviation fuel.

Emirates will be operating a total of 123 A380s with only four deliveries remaining, however, with the coming shutdown of the superjumbo production line following Airbus’ decision to bring the project to a halt. Deliveries of the remaining aircraft are expected to be completed in the coming months.

Speaking at a previous press release, Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline, said, “The A380 has been a success story for Emirates, and this is reflected in the strong customer interest wherever we’ve deployed the aircraft over the years. The A380 has helped us efficiently serve customer demand at slot constrained airports and also on trunk routes, supporting our long-haul hub operations. Importantly, with the space and technology on this aircraft [A380 powered by sustainable aviation fuel], we’ve been able to introduce new concepts onboard that have transformed the flying experience for the better.

“We look forward to introducing our Premium Economy experience on which will make its debut on an A380 in the coming months, and we will continue to invest in our world-class A380 product experience. The A380 will remain our flagship for the next decade, and we will re-deploy it on more routes as travel demand returns,” Clark added.

Emirates is by far the largest A380 carrier in the world. It is widely credited for helping the project reach the heights it has, and Airbus’ decision to stop producing the superjumbo came after Emirates declined to expand an order for the type. The carrier has long used the type to experiment with glamorous seat products, of which its Premium Economy is the latest.

Victor Shalton
Victor Shalton
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