[HD video below] Emirates
has taken delivery of its 50th Airbus A380, the 136th A380 which
has been delivered in total to all customers around the globe.
Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline
said, “The A380 has been very successful for
us, and this is reflected in the strong customer interest and high
seat factors wherever we’ve deployed the aircraft. The A380 has
helped us serve customer demand on trunk routes, operate more
efficiently at slot-constrained airports, and also introduce new
concepts on-board that have redefined the flying experience.
Moving forward, we will see quite a ramp up in the delivery
programme and by late 2017 we will have around 90 A380s in our
fleet to support existing and new A380 routes.”
Following delivery of their first A380 in July
2008, Emirates took delivery of its 25th A380 in October 2012.
All Emirates’ A380s are powered by Engine Alliance GP7200 engines.
The airline has 140 A380 on order.
Since first entering service in 2007, the A380
has joined the fleets of 11 airlines. The aircraft
flies 8,500 nautical miles or 15,700 kilometres non-stop, and the
spacious, quiet cabin and smooth ride have made the A380 a firm
favorite with both airlines and passengers.
The total A380 fleet has accumulated over 1.4
million flight hours in more than 172,000 commercial flights. To
date over 60 million passengers have already enjoyed the unique
experience of flying on board an A380. Every four minutes, an A380
either takes off or lands at one of the 37 airports where it
operates today and the network is constantly growing.