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Airbus’ 6,000th Aircraft an Emirates A380

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An Emirates' A380 has become the 6,000th Airbus aircraft to roll off the production line in Hamburg. More than 200 VIP guests attended a ceremony at Airbus' delivery centre in Hamburg to celebrate the manufacturing milestone and the handing over of Emirates' 8th double-decker.

Adel Al Redha, Executive Vice President, Emirates' Engineering and Operations, said, “We fully appreciate that our reputation for innovation and service excellence comes with a heavy responsibility to deliver. But all who have flown the A380 will realise that this is a very special aircraft, embracing the latest in passenger comfort, technology and environmental credentials. We now have 55 Airbus aircraft in our current fleet and a further 121 on order, worth more than AED 132 billion (US$ 35 billion). So as far as we're concerned, it's all systems go as we enter a new decade of the 21st century.”

Tom Enders, Airbus CEO, said, “This delivery is our 25th A380 so far, and more importantly, the 6,000th Airbus produced in our 40 year history. It is particularly significant that it is both an A380 and for Emirates, as they were involved in its development from early on. We are proud to have the words ‘Airbus 6,000th Aircraft’ inscribed alongside the Emirates livery.”

During the event, guests had the opportunity to enjoy a full tour of the new A380, with its Onboard Shower Spas, First Class Private Suites, fully stocked Onboard Lounge and the popular ice entertainment system.

Emirates now has 8 A380s with a further 50 to come. The Emirates' double-decker serves Toronto, London Heathrow, Paris, Seoul, Bangkok, Sydney, Auckland , and Jeddah from 1 February 2010.

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