23 OCTOBER 2017
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Rumblings of a slowdown in orders and the future of superjumbos have failed to deter Emirates, the largest Airbus A380 operator, from planning celebrations to mark the impending arrival of its 100th on 3 November.
The airline noted more than 80m passengers have flown on the superjumbo in the nine years since it first joined the fleet, which now flies to 40-plus destinations spanning Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas.
Emirates added: “Everywhere it operates, our A380 attracts consumer demand for its industry-leading inflight experience in all cabin classes, and is welcomed by local economies as a contributor to tourism and visitor growth.”
Emirates Airlines president Sir Tim Clark said: “The A380 has been and continues to be hugely popular with our customers, many of whom deliberately plan their travel so they can fly on it.”
Sir Tim said the airline did not rest on its laurels and continually invested to enhance its product “so as to continue offering our customers the best possible inflight experience”.
Improvements over the years included updates such as the addition of in-seat USB and HDMI ports and cabin overhauls, while Emirates continued to refine features like the popular onboard lounge and First Class shower spa.
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Barry Graham, Washington, DC
This is because, unlike so many US airlines, Emirates knows what passengers like best to fly in.