Dubai-based Emirates Airline has
signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to acquire up to 36 additional A380
aircraft. The agreement was signed at the airline’s headquarters in Dubai by
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates
Airline and Group, and John Leahy, chief operating officer customers, Airbus
The commitment is for 20 A380s and an
option for 16 more with deliveries to start in 2020, valued at $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.”
"I would like to thank Emirates, HH
Sheikh Ahmed, Tim Clark and Adel Al-Redha for their continued support of the
A380,” said John Leahy, chief operating officer customers, Airbus Commercial
Aircraft. “This aircraft has contributed enormously to Emirates' growth and
success since 2008 and we are delighted that it will continue to do so. This
new order underscores Airbus’ commitment to produce the A380 at least for
another ten years. I’m personally convinced more orders will follow Emirates’
example and that this great aircraft will be built well into the 2030s.”
Following delivery of its first A380 in
July 2008, Emirates took its 100th A380 on the 3rd November
2017 in Hamburg.
partnership with Airbus spans decades. Emirates is by far the
largest Airbus A380 operator on the planet with 101 A380s in service today.
The A380 is an essential part of the
solution to sustainable growth, alleviating traffic congestion at busy airports
by transporting more passengers with fewer flights. The A380 is the best way to
capture growing world air traffic, which doubles every 15 years.
The A380 flies 8,200 nautical miles
(15,200 kilometres) non-stop and can accommodate 575 passengers in 4 classes.
for the future of the A380 had intensified after an anticipated order failed to
materialise at the Dubai air show in November, with Emirates instead signing a
deal with Boeing for 40 of the US manufacturer’s 787 Dreamliners.
has virtually single-handedly kept
the A380 going:
the latest deal means more than half of the planes ordered – 178 out of 353 –
are operating in or destined for the Gulf. The airline firm took delivery of
its first A380 in July 2008, and its 100th two months
The aircraft is built across Europe, with its
wings manufactured in the UK at Broughton in
Flintshire. Rolls-Royce is also a major supplier of engines, while landing gear
and some of the avionics are also UK-built.