Emi­rates to re­ceive 100th A380 air­craft

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Emi­rates is set to re­ceive its mile­stone 100th A380 air­craft on 3rd Novem­ber. Over 80 mil­lion pas­sen­gers have flown on the su­per­jumbo in the nine years since it first joined Emi­rates’ fleet. To­day, Emi­rates flies the A380 to over 45 des­ti­na­tions span­ning Africa, Asia, Aus­trala­sia, Europe, the Mid­dle East, and the Amer­i­cas.

Sir Tim Clark, pres­i­dent Emi­rates Air­line said: “The A380 has been, and con­tin­ues to be, hugely pop­u­lar amongst our cus­tomers, many of whom de­lib­er­ately plan their travel so that they can fly on it. But we don’t rest on our lau­rels and con­tin­u­ally in­vest to en­hance our prod­uct so as to con­tinue of­fer­ing our cus­tomers the best pos­si­ble in­flight ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Our fre­quent flyers will have no­ticed count­less im­prove­ments on­board over the years, rang­ing from mi­nor up­dates such as the ad­di­tion of in-seat USB and HDMI ports, to big­ger cabin over­hauls where for in­stance we re­lo­cated the cen­tral over­head lug­gage bins to cre­ate more spa­cious cabin on the up­per deck, and when we in­tro­duced big­ger and bet­ter in­flight en­ter­tain­ment sys­tems, amongst many other ini­tia­tives.”

On the ground, Emi­rates had also worked with stake­hold­ers to launch and op­er­ate an A380-ded­i­cated air­port con­course with 20 gates of­fer­ing di­rect board­ing from the air­port lounge, and an en­gi­neer­ing cen­tre with six heavy main­te­nance hangars, paint shops, and the ca­pa­bil­ity to com­pletely over­haul an A380.

Emi­rates in­tro­duced the A380 On­board Lounge, which re­ceived a makeover last July. The lat­est ver­sion, in­spired by pri­vate yacht cab­ins, fea­tures a so­cial area for up to 26 guests and a 55-inch LCD screen with sur­round sound speak­ers. The First Class Shower spa, cater­ing for the 14 pas­sen­gers in mi­rates’ First Class pri­vate suites, has a heated floor, shower timer, a hairdryer, sus­tain­able VOYA spa prod­ucts and mois­tur­iz­ing py­ja­mas.

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