Emirates has signed a leasing agreement
with two UAE banks, National Bank of Dubai (NBD) and Emirates Bank Group
(EBG), for a new Airbus A340-500 aircraft. The USD $119.5 million financing
is for the last of the 10 Airbus A340-500s Emirates has on firm order. The financing, structured as an operating lease over a 12-year term, carries
a weighted average cost of funds 0.9 per cent over six-month Libor (London
Inter Bank Offered Rate).
Riyaz Peermohamed, Emirates’ Senior Vice President Corporate Treasury, said:
“This completes the financing of the A340-500 programme, which raised USD
$1.1 billion for Emirates over the last two years. The attractive financing
came from well diversified sources with 29 per cent from European banks with
export credit support, 10 per cent from Islamic sources, 24 per cent from
commercial banks within the GCC and 37 per cent from commercial banks
outside the GCC - a substantial portion of which came from banks in Japan
Emirates, the Dubai-based international airline, currently has 80 aircraft,
including 29 Airbus A330-200s, 12 Boeing 777-300s, nine Boeing 777-200s,
nine Airbus 340-500s, eight A340-300s, five Boeing 777-300ERs, one Airbus
A310, one Airbus A310F and six Boeing 747 freighters.
Emirates flies to over 75 cities in 55 countries in Europe, North America,
the Middle East, Africa, Indian subcontinent and Asia-Pacific. Since January
2005 the airline has launched services to a number of new destinations,
including the Seychelles, Seoul and Alexandria so far this year.
In order to meet its aggressive growth targets, the airline has been adding
capacity at rates seldom seen in commercial aviation in recent times - 30
per cent in the past year alone - and expanding its fleet at an average rate
of one new wide-body aircraft per month.
Its order book currently includes 45 Airbus A380-800s (including two
A380Fs), 25 Boeing 777-300ERs plus nine options, one Airbus A340-500 (the
aircraft being financed), two A310-300Fs and 20 Airbus A340-600 Higher Gross
Weight aircraft. By 2012 Emirates expects to have nearly twice as many jets
in its fleet as it does today.