[HD video below] It takes 800 workers between 65 and 80 days to
assemble, install, test, paint, furnish and deliver an Emirates
Emirates operates the world’s largest fleet of
A380 aircraft, with 50 of these graceful feats of modern
engineering currently serving 29 global destinations. All of
Emirates’ A380s have been furnished and delivered via the Airbus
facility in Hamburg.
First, the aircraft fuselage is produced in
Hamburg and then transported to Toulouse for the first stage of
final assembly. The wing sections, produced in the UK, are also
shipped from Airbus’s Hamburg facility to Toulouse. Parts like the
fuselage and wings are transferred through a transportation
network that includes three specially-commissioned ships to carry
the sections from production sites throughout Europe. Over 10,000
bolts are used to connect the fuselage and over 4,000 for the
The first part of final assembly, which takes
place in Toulouse, yields an aircraft that is ready for its first
ferry flight, sans its interior and paint.
After assembly, each of the five sections of the
fuselage are tested by engineers, and then the aircraft is off to
Hamburg for painting and cabin furnishing. It takes 30 people
approximately 10 days to paint the A380, which has a surface area
of 3,150 square meters - approximately the size of seven
professional basketball courts. Over 500 kilogrammes of paint is
needed just to give the aircraft its white colour.
Cabin furnishing, to install Emirates’
distinctive on-board facilities come in the final stages of the
assembly process. It takes about 33 working days to furnish the
550 square metre cabin area on-board the Emirates A380. This
includes all seats, galleys, crew rest areas, the unique
shower-spa and private suites in First Class, the on-board lounge
located at the back of the Business Class cabin, and the
award-winning ice inflight entertainment system in all cabins.
Emirates today operates 50 Airbus A380s and received 13 of the giant double decker
aircraft in the last year. Over 28 million passengers have
travelled on the Emirates A380 over the last six years of
operations, and more travellers can look forward to the experience
as Emirates adds more A380 destinations to its route network. New
A380 destinations planned for this year include: Frankfurt on 1
September, Dallas on 1 October, San Francisco on 1 December
and Houston on 3 December.