Emirates welcomes 100th A380 to its fleet
Bangalore, 3rd November 2017 – Emirates today celebrates the milestone delivery of its 100th Airbus A380 aircraft at a special ceremony with Airbus at the manufacturer’s delivery centre 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.
Sheikh Ahmed said: “Thisis a tremendous moment for Emirates, for Airbus and for our many partnersinvolved in the A380 programme. There is no doubt that the A380 has had a bigpositive impact on aerospace manufacturing and the broader aviation industry,supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs and stimulating innovation and newproduct development in many related areas such as ground handling, catering,airport facilities and cabin products, to name a few. “Importantly, the A380also brought the flying experience for our customers to the next level. Theaircraft itself is a showpiece of engineering. It is the world’s largestcommercial passenger jet but it is quiet and efficient and at Emirates we’veutilised the onboard real estate to redefine the thinking around inflight productsand experience. Our flight crew love to fly it and our customers love to fly init.
“For Emirates, theA380 has been a success. We’ve been able to utilise it at slot-constrainedairports, as well as at regional and ‘secondary’ airports where we have grownpassenger demand. Each time we deploy an A380 onto a route, it typicallystimulates further traffic and demand as travellers are attracted by ourflagship A380 experience. We remain committed to the programme and will workclosely with Airbus and our partners to continually enhance our A380 product aswe look ahead to receiving our remaining 42 aircraft on order.”
“We are extremelyproud of our long-standing relationship with Emirates – a partnership that hasbeen integral to the A380 programme,” said Tom Enders. “It is a source ofimmense satisfaction for everyone at Airbus that such a visionary airline hasbelieved in the A380 from the beginning and chosen it as its flagship and thebackbone of its operations. And, of course, it is always exciting to hearpositive feedback from our customers and passengers about the aircraft, whileassociating it with Dubai’s success as the world’s most dynamic airtransport hub.”
Dominic Horwoodsaid: “We would like to congratulate Emirates on this momentous occasion. Weare very proud to be powering their 100th Airbus A380 and look forward tobuilding on our strong relationship in years to come.” Powered by Rolls-Royceengines, Emirates’ 100th A380 is configured in three cabin classes, with 14private suites in First class, 76 seats in Business and 426 seats inEconomy. It also features the airline’s newly revamped Onboard Lounge. Itwill be on display at the upcoming Dubai Air Show and will enter serviceafterwards.
Year of Zayed tribute
Adding to thecelebrations, Emirates unveiled a special tribute to the late HH Sheikh Zayedbin Sultan Al Nahyan, founding father of the United Arab Emirates, with bespokelivery for its 100th A380.Sheikh Ahmed said: “2018 is the “Year of Zayed”,marking 100 years since the birth of our country’s founding father andcelebrating his legacy. Emirates is proud to launch our tribute to the man whohas been instrumental to the UAE’s formation and development, at the milestonedelivery of our 100th A380.”
"Just as theA380 has broken new ground in so many regards, Sheikh Zayed was a true pioneerand visionary. Bringing his message of inspiration, daring and determination tothe world as we fly the A380 around the globe, is an apt way to celebrate hisamazing legacy."