Emirates will receive three more A380s from Airbus this year with its last aircraft on order scheduled to join its fleet in November, bringing forward the original delivery timeline from June 2022.
The deliveries will bring Emirates’ total fleet of A380s to 118 aircraft in November, including six aircraft equipped with Premium Economy seats in a 4-class configuration.
Emirates’ president, Sir Tim Clark, said: “We’ve come to an agreement with Airbus to bring forward the delivery of our remaining A380 orders and have secured financing for these units.
“These new aircraft will also add more highly sought-after Premium Economy seats into our inventory, as we prepare to fully launch this cabin product in the coming months.”
The deliveries ensure that Emirates will continue to be the largest operator of A380 or the next two decades.
As travel restrictions ease with the global roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines, come October, Dubai based Emirates will have reinstated its A380 operations on over a dozen international routes, including Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Guangzhou, London Heathrow, Los Angeles, Manchester, Moscow, New York JFK and Washington DC.