Emirates has signed an MOU for 20 firm orders and 16 options yesterday. This latest deal takes Emirates to a total Airbus A380 commitment to 178 aircraft units. The order is worth US$16 billion for the 36 additional A380 aircraft. The fleet operates on both GE and Rolls-Royce engines and the airline is evaluating engine options for its latest A380 order.
Delivery will start from 2020 onwards. The airline currently operates 101 A380 aircraft and has a backlog for 41 aircraft.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group shared that “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.”
Emirates’ partnership with Airbus spans decades. Emirates is by far the largest Airbus A380 operator on the planet with 101 A380s in service today.