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Emirates Moves to an All Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 Fleet

Emirates Moves to an All Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 Fleet
November 10
11:16 2016

MIAMI — Dubai-based Emirates Airline has retired its last Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft, making it the first and sole carrier to operate an all-Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 fleet.

The carrier retired its last A330-200 (A6-EAK • MSN 452) on October 29, after serving flight EK523 from Trivandrum in India to Dubai. According to the airline, the jetliner joined Emirates in 2002, and had flown for over 60,000 hours, traveling close to 45 million kilometers during the 14.5 years of service with the Middle East carrier.

Emirates operated a fleet of 29 A330-300s, including A5-AEK. (Credits: Aeroprints via commons)

Emirates operated a fleet of 29 A330s, including A6-AEK. (Credits: Aeroprints via commons)

On the same retirement date of the A330-200, Emirates also phased out its last A340-300 in service (A6-ERN • MSN 166) after completing flight EK863 from Muscat to Dubai. The aircraft, originally delivered to Singapore Airlines in 1997, joined Emirates’ fleet in 2004.

Emirates operated a total of 28 Airbus A340. including 10 of the A340-500 ultra-long-range variant. (Credits: Mark Harkin)

Emirates operated a total of 28 Airbus A340. including 10 of the A340-500 ultra-long-range variant. (Credits: Mark Harkin)

The retirement of older aircraft is balanced by the arrival of more modern aircraft into the fleet.By the end of 2016, Emirates will have taken delivery of 36 new aircraft over 12 months – 20 A380s and 16 777s.

To date, Emirates is the largest operator of the Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 with 85 A380s and 160 777s in its fleet. Out of the 244 aircraft in service, the carrier has in its backlog 57 Airbus A380 and 235 777s. Of these, 150 will be the new 777-8 and 777-9, with planned deliveries starting from 2020.

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3 Comments

  1. §uliman
    §uliman November 11, 01:22

    Emirates will be second to none in the globe

  2. Oscar Reinhard
    Oscar Reinhard November 11, 11:19

    Emirates is not talking around, but doing business!

  3. Bill Hough
    Bill Hough November 11, 13:31

    It’s interesting to see how the A380 has played out in the last decade or so. In the late 1990s, REG Davies wrote about how aircraft capacity had to increase because of the limitations of airport capacity, which was Airbus’ justification for the A380. Meanwhile, Boeing’s prediction of more “thin” point to point roués has come true in many instances, for example with intercontinental flights from smaller airports such as San Jose. 15 years ago, I would have predicted the center of the A380 universe would be LHR, not DXB.

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