DUBAI: Emirates celebrated the milestone delivery of its 100th Airbus A380 aircraft at a special ceremony with Airbus at the manufacturer’s delivery centre in Hamburg the other day.
““This is a tremendous moment for Emirates We have been able to utilise it at slot-constrained airports, as well as at regional and secondary airports where we have grown passenger demand,” said Shaikh Ahmad bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group.
“Each time we deploy an A380 onto a route, it typically stimulates further traffic and demand as travellers are attracted by our A380 experience.”
The airlines unveiled a special tribute to late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founding father of the UAE, with bespoke livery for its 100th A380.
Emirates has ordered a total of 142 A380s at a total value of $61 billion in the coming years.
Shaikh Ahmad denied talks of a merger between Emirates and Etihad airlines while interacting with the media in Hamburg.
Emirates is the world’s largest operator of A380 aircraft, flying the iconic double decked jet to 48 cities in six continents on scheduled services.
Besides, the airline has 1,500 flight deck crew and over 23,000 cabin crew specially trained to operate its A380 fleet.
In April 2015, Emirates signed an historic €8.7 billion deal with Rolls-Royce for Trent 900 engines and a long-term total care package.