Emirates orders 36 A380s at $16 b

Emirates orders 36 A380s at $16 b

Dubai-based international airline Emirates on Thursday announced a
$16 billion deal for 36 additional Airbus A380 aircraft, with 20 firm orders and 16 options.

Emirates' A380 fleet operates both GE and Rolls-Royce engines, and the airline is evaluating engine options for its latest A380 order.

The additional Airbus A380s will be delivered to Emirates from 2020 onwards.

"Together with the airline's 101-strong A380 fleet and its current order backlog for 41 aircraft, this new order brings Emirates' commitment to the A380 programme to 178 aircraft, worth over $60 billion,"Emirates said in a statement.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group signed the memorandum of understanding on Thursday with Airbus Commercial Aircraft Chief Operating Officer (Customers) John Leahy in Dubai.

"Some of the new A380s we've just ordered will be used as fleet replacements. This order will provide stability to the A380 production line. We will continue to work closely with Airbus to further enhance the aircraft and on-board product, so as to offer our passengers the best possible experience," Sheikh Ahmed said.

Emirates' partnership with Airbus spans decades. Emirates is by far the largest Airbus A380 operator in the world, with 101 A380s in service today.

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