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Emirates prepares to receive milestone Airbus A380

Emirates is set to receive its milestone 100th A380 aircraft on November 3rd.

Over 80 million passengers have flown on the superjumbo in the nine years since it first joined Emirates’ modern fleet.

Today, Emirates flies the A380 to over 45 destinations spanning Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas.

Everywhere it operates, the Emirates A380 attracts consumer demand for its industry-leading in-flight experience in all cabin classes, and is welcomed by local economies as a contributor to tourism and visitor growth.

Tim Clark, president Emirates Airline, said: “The A380 has been, and continues to be hugely popular among our customers, many of whom deliberately plan their travel so that they can fly on it.

“But we don’t rest on our laurels and continually invest to enhance our product so as to continue offering our customers the best possible in-flight experience.

“Our frequent flyers will have noticed countless improvements on-board over the years, ranging from minor updates such as the addition of in-seat USB and HDMI ports, to bigger cabin overhauls where for instance we relocated the central overhead luggage bins to create more spacious cabin on the upper deck, and when we introduced bigger and better in-flight entertainment systems, among many other initiatives.”

On the ground, Emirates had also worked closely with stakeholders to launch and operate an A380-dedicated airport concourse with 20 gates offering direct boarding from the airport lounge, and one of the world’s most advanced engineering centres which include six heavy maintenance hangars, paint shops, and the capability to completely overhaul an A380.