Fleet Strengthen, Emirates Airlines Add 36 Units Airbus

By : Hariyanto And Aldi Firhand. A | Sunday, January 21 2018 - 19:51 IWST

Emirates Airline (Photo: TripAdvisor)
Emirates Airline (Photo: TripAdvisor)

INDUSTRY.co.id - Jakarta - Emirates Airlines signed a memorandum of understanding (Mou) for the purchase of 36 additional Airbus A30 aircraft to strengthen the United Arab Emirates fleet.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum as Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, and John Leahy as Chief Operating Officer of Airbus Commercial Aircraft Customers, signed an agreement at Emirates headquarters in Dubai, UAE, January 18, 2018.

The 16-billion-dollar deal includes a commitment of 20 A380 units to add another 16 units with a delivery schedule starting in 2020.

"Airbus A380 has become one of the secrets of Emirates's success and customers love it and we can use it on various flight routes, giving us flexibility in terms of distance and combination of passengers," Sheikh Ahmed said in a press release in Jakarta yesterday.

According to Ahmed, some of the additional A380 aircraft ordered will be used as a replacement fleet.

In addition, he said, orders are also valued aircraft will support the stabilization in the A380 production line.

"We will also continue to work with Airbus to improve the quality of this aircraft and 'onboard' products, so passengers will get the best travel experience," he said.

Meanwhile, John Leahy said the Airbus A380 fleet has contributed greatly to the development and success of Emirates since 2008, and will continue in the future.

The deal, said John, affirms Airbus's commitment to continue producing the A380 for at least the next 10 years.

"I personally believe there will be other orders for the A380 that follow in the footsteps of Emirates, so that this incredible aircraft can continue to be produced until the 2030s," he said. (Ant)

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