October 27, 2008

Emirates Takes Delivery of Second Airbus A380 Aircraft

Emirates Airline has taken delivery of its second Airbus A380 superjumbo aircraft, which brings its all wide-bodied aircraft fleet to 122, inclusive of freighters.

Emirates's second A380 will join the airline's first A380 delivered in July 2008 on the Dubai-New York nonstop service. This increases Emirates's A380 service on the route to once-a-day from Sunday. Emirates operates two flights a day to New York JFK, the second daily service using a Boeing 777-300ER.

Ahmed Al-Maktoum, chairman and CEO of Emirates Airline and Group, said: "Emirates has an environmental goal to operate the world's most eco-efficient fleet and our second A380's arrival will further reduce the airline's average fuel use per passenger. By 2013, the arrival of at least 100 new aircraft and the retirement of some older aircraft will see a further improvement in Emirates's overall fleet efficiency."