MIAMI – Emirates (EK), the largest Dubai-based airline and the largest Airbus A380-800 operator in the world, took delivery of its 117th A380. The aircraft left the Hamburgo Finkenwerder plant on December 11, with its final destination, Dubai International Airport (DXB).

Airbus only needs to deliver six more A380 before the superjumbo production will cease in 2021. The 118th will be delivered to Emirates in a special version: with a new onboard premium economy product.

Emirates A380 Photo: John Leivaditis

Emirates 117th Airbus A380

Published via Twitter, Emirates announced yesterday December 13 that it had taken delivery of its 117th Airbus A380: MSN264 registered as A6-EVM.

As mentioned by AIB Family Flights, the aircraft left Hamburg Finkenwerder on December 11 at 17:23 UTC. After a seven flight hours, the plane arriving in Dubai at around 05:30 in the morning, local time.

Emirates Airbus A380-861 A6-EEY Taking off from Rome Fiumicino Intl’ Airport (FCO). Photo: Andrea Ongaro @alphaoscaraviation

No. 1 A380 Program Customer: Emirates

The most exciting thing about the next A380s is the presence of the new premium economy cabin. Emirates will have a total of 123 Airbus A380s, of which the last 33 are powered by Rolls Royce Trent 972, with an agreement signed in 2019 for the supply of 52 A380s powered by said engines.

However, with Airbus’ partisan decision to shut down the super jumbo production line, the supply of Trent 972 for EK’s A380s have nearly halved.

Emirates Airbus A380-861 A6-EEY

Just six A380s left

As mentioned by Bloomberg on November 25, Emirates would receive three A80s by the end of the year (one with the new premium economy), while the remaining superjumbos will come in 2021. This suggests that the one registered as A6-EVN , is the last of 2020.

  • On November 30th, A6-EVR was spotted in primer for the first time with its engines installed.
  • On November 26th, A6-EVQ had its first flight and was ferried from assembly facilities in Toulouse to Hamburg.

Featured image: Emirates Airbus A380-800. Photo: Airbus