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Emirates Takes Delivery of Four Wide-body Aircraft in One Day

Emirates Takes Delivery of Four Wide-body Aircraft in One Day

On Thursday 3rd September Emirates celebrated the company record arrival of four new aircraft in one day, comprising two Boeing 777-300ERs, one Boeing 777 Freighter and one Airbus A380 aircraft, together valued at US$1.5 billion.

Emirates is already the world’s largest operator of the B777 and the A380. The A380 aircraft delivered this week brings the total number of this double-decked aircraft in the Emirates fleet to 66. The additional three Boeing aircraft marks the 150th Emirates Boeing 777 delivery milestone, and takes the current Emirates B777 fleet size to 147.

Sir Tim Clark, President, Emirates, said: “The Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 are two of the most advanced, efficient, and spacious commercial aircraft in the skies today. They are the mainstay of the Emirates fleet, giving us versatility in our route planning, and also the ability to offer our customers the latest features and comforts onboard.

“Our long-standing commitments to both aircraft programmes continue to support jobs and innovation across the aerospace manufacturing supply chain around the world, particularly in the USA and Europe. We will continue to work closely with both manufacturers to raise the bar on operational efficiency and onboard product features.”

Emirates has received 14 new aircraft so far in 2015, including nine A380s, four B777-300ERs and one B777 Freighter. During the same period, the airline retired eight aircraft, comprising four A340-500s, two A330-300s and one B777-200.

Including the most recent deliveries, the total number of aircraft in the Emirates fleet stands at 238 with an average age of 6.5 years, representing one of the youngest fleets in the skies. The airline has 270 additional aircraft on order, worth a total of $129 billion at list prices. Its order book includes 46 Boeing 777-300ERs, 115 Boeing 777-9Xs, 35 Boeing 777-8Xs and 74 Airbus A380s.

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, editor and proofreader for 53 years, and ITTN's News & Features Editor for 43 years. His travel blog is at www.thetravelbuddhist.com.

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