Emirates is celebrating the arrival of its 100th Airbus A380 aircraft. To mark the milestone delivery, a special ceremony with Airbus was held at the manufacturer’s delivery centre in Hamburg.
Emirates’ Chairman and Chief Executive, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, ran the proceedings. He was joined at the event by a number of VIPs including Airbus Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders.
Speaking at the event, Sheikh Ahmed said: “This is a tremendous moment for Emirates, for Airbus and for our many partners involved in the A380 programme. There is no doubt that the A380 has had a big positive impact on aerospace manufacturing and the broader aviation industry, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs and stimulating innovation and new product development in many related areas such as ground handling, catering, airport facilities and cabin products, to name a few.
“Importantly, the A380 also brought the flying experience for our customers to the next level. The aircraft itself is a showpiece of engineering. It is the world’s largest commercial passenger jet but it is quiet and efficient and at Emirates we’ve utilised the onboard real estate to redefine the thinking around in-flight products and experience. Our flight crew love to fly it and our customers love to fly in it.”
Powered by Rolls-Royce engines, Emirates’ 100th A380 is configured in three cabin classes, with 14 private suites in First class, 76 seats in Business and 426 seats in Economy. It also features the airline’s newly revamped Onboard Lounge. It will be on display at the upcoming Dubai Air Show and will enter service afterwards.