18 APRIL 2016
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Emirates announced last week it had placed an order with Airbus for two more new A380s, to be delivered in the fourth quarter of next year.
The airline already operates the world’s largest fleet of A380s, with 75 in service and a further 65 on firm order. The additional two aircraft, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines, will take Emirates’ total A380 order book to 142.
Emirates president Sir Tim Clark said the airline was retiring 30 older aircraft from the fleet between now and the end of next year.
“At the same time, to meet our growth expectations, we will receive delivery of 24 new Boeing 777s and 33 new A380s including these two additional A380s just ordered,” he added.
“This is in line with our strategy to operate a modern and efficient fleet and offer the best possible experience for our customers.
“We’ve always been open about how the A380 has been a big success for Emirates. It’s a boon for our operations to slot constrained airports and we get a lot of positive feedback.”
Emirates will add Prague, Taipei and Vienna to the destinations served by the A380, bringing the number of places served by the flagship to 42. www.emirates.com
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