Emi­rates moves to an all Air­bus A380 and Boe­ing 777 fleet

Malta Independent - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

In line with its vi­sion to of­fer a su­pe­rior pas­sen­ger ex­pe­ri­ence and im­prove en­vi­ron­men­tal performance through a mod­ern and state-of-the-art wide-body air­craft fleet, Emi­rates has re­tired the last Air­bus A330 and A340 air­craft in its fleet from ac­tive ser­vice. This makes Emi­rates the first and only air­line in the world to op­er­ate a fleet of all Air­bus A380 and Boe­ing 777 air­craft for its pas­sen­ger flights.

Emi­rates re­cently re­tired A6EAK from op­er­a­tional ser­vice. The air­craft was the last of the 29 Air­bus A330 air­craft that had been op­er­at­ing as part of its fleet. Emi­rates has also phased out A6-ERN, the last serv­ing Air­bus A340 in the fleet which had joined the air­line in 2004, orig­i­nally man­u­fac­tured in 1999. Since Jan­uary 2015, Emi­rates has re­tired 18 A330 and five A340 air­craft from its fleet.

The re­tire­ment of older air­craft is bal­anced by the in­duc­tion of younger, more mod­ern air­craft into the fleet. This has re­sulted in Emi­rates op­er­at­ing one of the youngest fleets in the in­dus­try with an av­er­age age of 5.2 years. The two youngest air­craft in the fleet − Emi­rates’ 85th A380 − the first of the new gen­er­a­tion A380 air­craft de­liv­ered in Oc­to­ber 2016 and Emi­rates’ 125th Boe­ing 777-300ER − are less than two weeks old. Emi­rates’ fleet of all Air­bus A380 and Boe­ing 777 air­craft will also have a smaller en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact as both air­craft types have bet­ter fuel ef­fi­ciency and emis­sions performance than the re­tired air­craft.

For the cal­en­dar year 2016 Emi­rates will have taken de­liv­ery of 36 new air­craft − 20 Air­bus A380s and 16 Boe­ing 777. This also in­cludes the next gen­er­a­tion Boe­ing 777-300ER air­craft − with up­graded busi­ness class seats and other fea­tures in­clud­ing a lower fuel burn ra­tio − to be de­liv­ered from this month.

Emi­rates is cur­rently the largest op­er­a­tor of the Air­bus A380 and Boe­ing 777 air­craft with 85 Air­bus A380s and 160 Boe­ing 777s in its fleet. Out of the 234 air­craft worth over USD 112 bil­lion that Emi­rates has in its or­der book, 150 will be the new Boe­ing 777X air­craft that will be de­liv­ered start­ing 2020. The air­craft will fea­ture a range of pas­sen­ger fo­cused ameni­ties on board in­clud­ing larger win­dows, higher ceil­ing and a wider cabin in ad­di­tion to be­ing more fuel ef­fi­cient than older air­craft.

Emi­rates op­er­ates daily sched­uled flights be­tween Malta and Dubai on a Boe­ing 777-300 air­craft. Emi­rates flies twice weekly to Malta, on Mon­days and Wed­nes­days, via Lar­naca in Cyprus, and on Sundays, Tues­days, Thurs­days, Fri­days and Satur­days the air­line op­er­ates the Dubai-Malta route on a cir­cu­lar rout­ing via Tu­nis in Tu­nisia. The re­turn flight flies di­rect from Malta to Dubai.

Emi­rates re­cently re­tired the last Air­bus A330 and A340 air­craft from its fleet

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