Emirates welcomes 100th A380 to its fleet
• Celebrates milestone delivery in Hamburg, reaffirms commitment to A380 programme.
• Emirates chairman highlights positive impact of Emirates’ A380 operations on aerospace manufacturing, aviation industries and consumer experience.
HAMBURG, Germany, 3 November 2017 – Emirates today celebrates the milestone delivery of its 100th Airbus A380 aircraft, at a special ceremony with Airbus at the manufacturer’s delivery centre in Hamburg. The 100th A380, A6-EUV is wearing a special livery.
Year of Zayed tribute
Adding to the celebrations, Emirates unveiled a special tribute to the late HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founding father of the United Arab Emirates, with bespoke livery for its 100th A380.
Sheikh Ahmed said:
“2018 is the “Year of Zayed”, marking 100 years since the birth of our country’s founding father and celebrating his legacy. Emirates is proud to launch our tribute to the man who has been instrumental to the UAE’s formation and development, at the milestone delivery of our 100th A380”
"Just as the A380 has broken new ground in so many regards, Sheikh Zayed was a true pioneer and visionary. Bringing his message of inspiration, daring and determination to the world as we fly the A380 around the globe, is an apt way to celebrate his amazing legacy."
There will be a total of 5 A380’s and 5 B777’s, which will be painted in The Sheikh Zayed special livery, flying around the world.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Emirates’ Chairman and Chief Executive officiated the ceremony. He was joined at the event by Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline; Tom Enders, Airbus Chief Executive Officer; Dominic Horwood, Rolls-Royce, Director - Customer and Services; His Excellency Ali Al Ahmed, UAE Ambassador to Germany and Frank Horch, Senator for Economy, Transport and Innovation of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.
Sheikh Ahmed said: “This is a tremendous moment for Emirates, for Airbus and for our many partners involved in the A380 programme. There is no doubt that the A380 has had a big positive impact on aerospace manufacturing and the broader aviation industry, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs and stimulating innovation and new product development in many related areas such as ground handling, catering, airport facilities and cabin products, to name a few.
“Importantly, the A380 also brought the flying experience for our customers to the next level. The aircraft itself is a showpiece of engineering. It is the world’s largest commercial passenger jet but it is quiet and efficient and at Emirates we’ve utilised the onboard real estate to redefine the thinking around inflight products and experience. Our flight crew love to fly it and our customers love to fly in it."
Neither Airbus nor Emirates confirmed their future orders about A380Plus during the press conference.
We may have to wait until Dubai Air Show from Nov 12-16 to hear more about potential A380 Plus order.
In April 2015, Emirates signed a historic €8.7 billion deal with Rolls-Royce for Trent 900 engines and a long-term total care package. The engines will power 50 Airbus A380s’ which began entering into service in 2016.
Emirates have 42 more A380’s on order, all of them will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines.
The media was invited to inspect the 100th A380 aircraft. I was very lucky to meet Emirates President, Sir Tim Clark.Below is the latest Emirates Fleet and infographic about Emirates A380.