Emirates welcomed its 100th A380 aircraft to its fleet today, November 3, at a special ceremony with Airbus in Hamburg. His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Emirates’ Chairman and Chief Executive officiated the ceremony. He was joined at the event by Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline; Tom Enders, Airbus Chief Executive Officer; Dominic Horwood, Rolls-Royce, Director – Customer and Services; His Excellency Ali Al Ahmed, UAE Ambassador to Germany and Frank Horch, Senator for Economy, Transport and Innovation of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.
The milestone plane is configured in three cabin classes to accommodate 14 private suites in first class, 76 seats in business and 426 seats in economy. It is powered by Rolls-Royce engines and features the airline’s new onboard lounge. It is painted in special livery that homages Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who presided over the formation of the United Arab Emirates. The aircraft will enter service after the Dubai Air Show, where it will be displayed.
Emirates is the world’s largest A380 operator and is used on routes to more than 45 destinations that include Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas.
“For Emirates, the A380 has been a success. We’ve been able to utilize it at slot-constrained airports, as well as at regional and ‘secondary’ airports where we have grown passenger demand. Each time we deploy an A380 onto a route, it typically stimulates further traffic and demand as travelers are attracted by our flagship A380 experience. We remain committed to the program and will work closely with Airbus and our partners to continually enhance our A380 product as we look ahead to receiving our remaining 42 aircraft on order.” said Sheikh Ahmed at the ceremony.