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Mon, 12 Feb 2018

Emirates Signs Deal for 36 Airbus A380s

Emirates has firmed up an earlier Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus and signed a contract for 20 additional A380s with a further 16 options to be confirmed at a later date.

 The total agreement for 36 aircraft is valued at US$16 billion based on latest list prices. Deliveries are expected to start as early as 2020.

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group said, “This agreement underscores our commitment to the A380 programme, providing stability to the A380 production line and supporting thousands of high-value jobs across the aviation supply chain. For Emirates, the A380 has been a successful aircraft for our customers, our operations, and our brand. We look forward to continue working with Airbus to further enhance the aircraft and onboard product.”

Emirates Airbus A380. Click to enlarge.

The A380 is an essential part of the solution to sustainable air traffic growth, alleviating congestion at busy airports by transporting more passengers with fewer flights. The aircraft can accommodate 575 passengers in 4 classes and offers a range of 8,200 nautical miles (15,200 kilometres).

To date more than 200 million passengers have already enjoyed the unique comfort of flying on board an A380. Every two minutes an A380 either takes off or lands. To date, 222 A380s have been delivered to 13 airlines.

“We thank Emirates, HH Sheikh Ahmed, Tim Clark and Adel Al-Redha for their continued confidence in the A380, which has so successfully transformed air travel in the 21st century,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President Commercial Aircraft and Chief Operating Officer. “This latest agreement further demonstrates the strength of our valued partnership with Emirates in support of their impressive growth.”

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