Emirates has confirmed that in 2016 it will
retire 26 aircraft, including 12 A330-300s, 4 A340-300s, 1
A340-500, 6 Boeing 777-200ERs, 2 Boeing 777-300s and 1 Boeing
The average age of the Emirates aircraft slated
for retirement in 2016 will be 15.7 years, well-below the average
industry retirement age of 25.
In addition, 13 more aircraft will be
retired in 2017 and another 13 will be retired in 2018.
Balancing its aircraft retirement programme,
Emirates will take delivery of 36 new aircraft in 2016, including
20 A380s and 16 Boeing 777-300ERs.
These two aircraft types are recognised as some of the most efficient and quiet commercial
airplanes available, emitting on average 12% less carbon dioxide
than the aircraft being retired.
At the end of 2016, the aircraft
retirements and new deliveries will put Emiratesí average fleet
age at 5.6 years, dramatically younger than the global average.
recent analysis shows the average fleet age for the top five
airlines in North America is 13.6 years, while the average fleet
age for the top five airlines in Europe is 10.7 years.
Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said, "Emirates has a global
footprint as the world's largest international airline, and we have a responsibility to our customers, the communities we serve,
and the planet. We are fully committed to flying a modern fleet that is better for the environment, and provides our customers
with a superior level of comfort and safety. With the retirement
of older aircraft and the introduction of new, more fuel efficient
aircraft in 2016, Emirates will continue to lead the industry in
reducing the age of our fleet, while at the same time defining new
levels of service that our customers have come to expect."
Currently, the total number of aircraft in the Emirates fleet
stands at 244. In 2015, the airline received 26 new aircraft,
including 15 A380s, 10 Boeing 777-300ERs and 1 Boeing 777
The airline has 262 additional aircraft on order, worth
over US$120 billion at list prices. Its order book includes 71
Airbus A380s, 42 Boeing 777-300ERs, 115 Boeing 777-9Xs and 35
When delivered beginning in 2020, the new
Boeing 777Xs will come with a variety of fuel efficient design
additions making it almost 20% more fuel efficient than previous
models. It will also include a range of passenger-focused
amenities including larger windows, increased cabin pressure, more
humidity, higher ceilings and a wider cabin than previous models.
In addition to reducing the age of its fleet, Emirates also
implements a variety of other environmental practices that reduces
CO2 emissions. These include FlexTracks, a programme that plans
efficient flight route patterns based on weather conditions;
single-engine taxi on the ground; idle reverse thrust upon
landing; and fuel-efficient ground handling and transportation
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