Emirates received its 100th Airbus A380 double-decker aircraft this week, reaching a historic milestone. The airline took delivery of the aircraft at a special ceremony in Hamburg, Germany.
“This is a tremendous moment for Emirates, for Airbus and for our many partners involved in the A380 programme,” Sheikh Ahmed, the CEO of Emirates said. While the airline has already taken 100 aircraft, it still has 42 more on order.
Emirates’ 100th Airbus A380 aircraft was painted in a special livery commemorating HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late founding father of the United Arab Emirates. 2018 is being commemorated as the “Year of Zayed”, marking 100 years since Sheikh Zayed’s birth.
Currently operating the aircraft to 48 destinations across 6 continents, the Airbus A380 is the backbone of Emirates’ fleet and no doubt a critical component of Emirates’ success in the global aviation. The airline continues to invest in A380-capable infrastructure, as seen through its terminal in Dubai designed specifically to the Airbus A380 and its six heavy maintenance hangers for Airbus A380s in Dubai. But, Emirates is also investing abroad in other cities to allow for regular Airbus A380 service. In Sao Paulo, Brazil, Emirates is funding construction of an Airbus A380-ready gate and the facilities required to serve the plane.
Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline said: “The A380 has been, and continues to be hugely popular amongst our customers, many of whom deliberately plan their travel so that they can fly on it. But we don’t rest on our laurels and continually invest to enhance our product so as to continue offering our customers the best in-flight experience”
Since its inaugural Airbus A380 flight in 2008, the airline has continually enhanced its aircraft for better performance as well as regular cabin improvements to keep the aircraft as up to date and relaxing as possible. Improvements include the addition of in-seat USB ports, electric window blinds, the relocation of overhead luggage bins, bigger IFE screens, and a new Onboard Lounge. Over 85 million passengers have flown on Emirates Airbus A380s.
Emirates currently holds the title for the world’s longest A380 flight with its regular service to Auckland from Dubai. It is only a matter of time before the aircraft is pushed to new limits with the manufacturer’s improvements with the A380plus.
Featured image by Emirates.