Emirates receives 100th A380, to unveil first class suites at Dubai Airshow and fly ‘one off’ superjumbo to Bahrain
EMIRATES WILL RECORD one of the biggest milestones in its 32-year history when it receives its 100th A380 at a special delivery ceremony at Hamburg on November 3 – only nine years after it received its first one.
The superjumbo has not only transformed Emirates’ business model but also redrawn the global aviation map with passengers transferring east, west, north and south via Dubai International Airport – and the Emirates A380 has been instrumental in elevating the airport to top spot in the international passenger traffic league. Up to 60 per cent of passengers are prepared to make an extra effort to fly on the A380, according to Airbus.
After the Hamburg celebrations, the other widebody in Emirates’ fleet will take centre stage, when its eagerly awaited first class suites will be unveiled on a B777300ER at the Dubai Airshow between November 12-16. The six new suites will be configured 1-1-1, featuring two less seats than previously. The new Boeing plane will also boast a range of other new features in business and economy class. Emirates will fly a ‘one off’ A380 service to Bahrain on December 15 to mark National Day celebrations and Algiers increases to daily services from December 13. • Turn to the Airbus special report on pages 28-33 for more on the Emirates A380