Emirates to receive first A380 in July

Emirates Airline has announced it will receive the first of its 58 A380 aircraft on order from Airbus’ Hamburg facility on 28 July 2008.The UAE carrier has previously announced plans to deploy its first A380 aircraft on its routes from Dubai to New York, London Heathrow and Sydney-Auckland; and will shortly announce details of its first commercial A380 service.

In the United States, Emirates currently operates two daily non-stop flights from New York’s JFK, one daily non-stop flight from Houston, and will be launching non-stop service from Los Angeles on September 1st, and from San Francisco on October 26th.

The 58 A380s on Emirates’ order book are worth US $18.8 billion at current list prices.

Emirates’ A380 interiors and onboard product, which has been kept under wraps thus far, will also be revealed for the first time during the delivery ceremony in Hamburg.

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group said: “The A380, with its large capacity and excellent operating economics, will be one of the pillars of Emirates’ future growth. We’ve been working very closely with Airbus since the A380 programme’s inception back in 2000, and all through the ups and downs from the drawing board to production, we have remained unshakable in our belief that this is the aircraft for the next chapter of aviation.”

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HH Sheikh Ahmed continues: “Despite the high oil prices, for us, demand remains strong and the A380’s combination of range, capacity and fuel efficiency will help Emirates to continue achieving our growth targets. We very much look forward to receiving our first A380 aircraft next month.”
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