Emi­rates to ac­quire ad­di­tional A380s worth $16bn

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Emi­rates has signed a con­tract for 20 ad­di­tional A380 air­craft and 16 op­tions, with the to­tal agree­ment val­ued at $16bn, firm­ing up the mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MOU) an­nounced in Jan­uary.

In the pres­ence of Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Rashid Al Mak­toum, Vice Pres­i­dent and Prime Min­is­ter of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; and Edouard Philippe, Prime Min­is­ter of France, the agree­ment was signed on the side­lines of the World Gov­ern­ment Sum­mit by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Mak­toum, chair­man and chief ex­ec­u­tive, Emi­rates Air­line and Group, and Mikail Houari, pres­i­dent at Air­bus Africa and Mid­dle East.

Dur­ing the event, Sheikh Ahmed and French Prime Min­is­ter Edouard Philippe also dis­cussed the strong avi­a­tion ties be­tween the UAE and France, and the ex­pan­sion of air ser­vices be­tween both coun­tries.

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 $60bn. Emi­rates’ A380 fleet op­er­ates both GE and Rolls-royce en­gines, and the air­line is eval­u­at­ing en­gine op­tions for its lat­est A380 or­der. De­liv­er­ies are to start as early as 2020.

Sheikh Ahmed com­mented: “This agree­ment un­der­scores our com­mit­ment to the A380 pro­gramme, pro­vid­ing sta­bil­ity to the A380 pro­duc­tion line and sup­port­ing tens of thou­sands of high-value jobs across the avi­a­tion sup­ply chain. For Emi­rates, the A380 has been a suc­cess­ful air­craft for our cus­tomers, our op­er­a­tions, and our brand. We look for­ward to con­tinue work­ing with Air­bus to fur­ther en­hance the air­craft and on­board prod­uct.”

Fabrice Brégier, Air­bus pres­i­dent Com­mer­cial Air­craft and chief op­er­at­ing officer, re­marked: “We thank Emi­rates, HH Sheikh Ahmed, Tim Clark, and Adel Al-redha for their con­tin­ued con­fi­dence in the A380, which has so suc­cess­fully trans­formed air travel in the 21st cen­tury. This lat­est agree­ment fur­ther demon­strates the strength of our val­ued part­ner­ship with Emi­rates in sup­port of their im­pres­sive growth.”

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