The largest customer of the world’s largest commercial jet marks its 21-year commitment to the A380 program. Emirates has just completed its A380 fleet with the delivery of its 123rd aircraft. This move from the top international airline signals optimism for industry recovery.
A380 Fleet Now Complete
Emirates received the delivery of its 123rd Airbus A380 superjumbo jet on December 17, 2021. The aircraft, registered as A6-EVS, is also the final new A380 aircraft to join the Emirates’ fleet. This marks another milestone in the airline’s steadfast 21-year commitment to the program as they complete their A380 fleet.
Watch a video of Emirates’ 123rd Airbus A380 as it readies for departure to its home in Dubai.
Receiving a brand new aircraft amidst this pandemic, Emirates is once again signaling optimism for industry recovery and return of travel demand.
Benchmarking the Airline Industry and International Travel
Emirates was the first airline to announce an order for the A380 at the 2000 Farnborough Air Show when the aircraft was still marketed as the A3XX. This was followed by a firm commitment and additional order for 15 more units at the 2001 Dubai Air Show. At this time, it was a bold statement from the company happening just 6 weeks after the events of 9/11 challenged the industry like never before.
Emirates’ commitment was crucial to the launch of the program that brought together leading European aerospace players and its global supply chain. It has pushed for the development of the world’s largest commercial aircraft with a full double deck and generous cabin interior space.
Since it first took to the sky, the A380 has continued to capture imaginations and generate excitement wherever it operates. It also attracts traveler preference for its quiet, spacious, and comfortable interiors.
“The A380 is a truly special aircraft in so many ways. For Emirates, it gave us the opportunity to redefine the travel experience, efficiently serve demand at slot-constrained airports, and bolster our network growth. The A380 will remain Emirates’ flagship product for the coming years and a vital pillar of our network plans.” This was said by Sir Tim Clark, President, Emirates Airline.
About the Emirates A380
The latest Emirates A380 to be delivered features the airline’s latest signature products onboard. These include:
- First Class Private Suites
- Shower Spas
- A380 Onboard Bar
- Premium Economy cabin
Meanwhile, its latest inflight entertainment systems offer the best-in-sky personal screens and unmatched choice of content.
At the 2021 Dubai Airshow in November, Emirates also announced a major retrofit program that will see 52 of its existing A380 aircraft fitted with Premium Economy cabins. These aircraft will also have other enhancements to ensure its commitment to giving the best-in-sky A380 experience.