Emirates Airline received a new A380 jet on Saturday since December 2019. The aircraft registration A6-EVL is the 116th unit to be incorporated into the fleet, however, as the company retired an old plane, it now owns 115 units of the largest passenger plane in the world.
By the end of the month, two more A380s will be sent to Dubai, thus leaving five more planes for the pending orders to be completed, putting an end to the career of the huge double-decker jet. According to Emirates, the aircraft flew from Toulouse, where it had been stored since last year, to Dubai using a mixture of conventional and also sustainable jet fuel.
“The A380 has been a success story for Emirates, and this is reflected in the strong customer interest wherever we’ve deployed the aircraft over the years. The A380 has helped us efficiently serves customer demand at slot constrained airports and also on trunk routes, supporting our long-haul hub operations. Importantly, with the space and technology on this aircraft, we’ve been able to introduce new concepts onboard that have transformed the flying experience for the better”, celebrated Sir Tim Clark, president of Emirates.
One of the two aircraft to be delivered in the coming weeks will debut the airline’s new premium economy cabin. Also according to the executive, the “A380 will remain our flagship for the next decade, and we will re-deploy it on more routes as travel demand returns”.
The resumption of A380 deliveries comes after rumors that Emirates intended to cancel the remaining orders due to the drop in demand for long-haul flights caused by the pandemic. However, the company confirmed its intention to receive them and continue to use them as its main aircraft. The A380 has been in the company’s Middle East fleet since 2008.