Emirates keeps the Airbus A380 alive, signs MOU for 20 + 16 A380s

"Year of Zayed 2018" special livery

Emirates Airline has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to acquire up to 36 additional Airbus A380 aircraft. The agreement was signed at the airline’s headquarters in Dubai by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, and John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus Commercial Aircraft. The commitment is for 20 A380s and an option for 16 more with deliveries to start in 2020, valued at US$16 billion at latest list prices.

Sheikh Ahmed said: “We’ve made no secret of the fact that the A380 has been a success for Emirates. Our customers love it, and we’ve been able to deploy it on different missions across our network, giving us flexibility in terms of range and passenger mix. He added: “Some of the new A380s we’ve just ordered will be used as fleet replacements. This order will provide stability to the A380 production line. We will continue to work closely with Airbus to further enhance the aircraft and onboard product, so as to offer our passengers the best possible experience. The beauty of this aircraft is that the technology and real estate on board gives us plenty of room to do something different with the interiors.”

Following delivery of its first A380 in July 2008, Emirates took its 100th A380 on November 3, 2017 in Hamburg.

To date, 222 A380s have been delivered to 13 Airlines.

Copyright Photo: Emirates Airline Airbus A380-861 A6-EUA (msn 211) (Year of Zayed 2018) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 940555.

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