The airline will start retiring some old Airbus A380 planes in the coming period, which will support the fleet that will remain operational, Emirates President Tim Clark said.
"We will start removing the A380 from the fleet for various reasons, as we have always said," Clark said at a press conference in London.
He pointed out that «two of those aircraft were stopped at Al Maktoum International Airport, to be used as a source of spare parts for the aircraft fleet that will remain operational for the coming years», pointing out that «the decision to stop with the arrival of major repairs, so it was better "Some old planes are out of service."
"The A380 will remain part of the Emirates fleet for many years to come, as it will continue to fly with the airline's fleet until 2035," Clark said. "90 and 100 planes, by the middle of the next decade."
“So the A380 will remain a key component of the airline’s diverse fleet for at least the next 15 years,” Clark said. “With Airbus no longer producing that aircraft, Emirates will be looking at a range of alternatives. To maintain the network structure ».
He added that «Emirates» is currently working to launch premium economy class on the aircraft (A380), during November next year ».
In mid-February, Airbus announced plans to halt production of the world's largest A380 passenger plane after Emirates cut its total order from 162 to 123.
After modifying its A380 order, Emirates immediately decided to invest in a new, flexible and operational new generation structure with a new order of 40 A330-900 and 30 A350-900 aircraft valued at 21.4 billion. $ 72 billion.
Emirates currently operates 112 A380 aircraft in its fleet, the largest A380 operator in the world, and received its first aircraft 11 years ago in 2008.
According to Emirates Group's annual financial report 2018-2019, the airline will receive another 14 A380 aircraft from this year until the end of 2021, completing the delivery of all aircraft in the orders of this model.
During the previous fiscal year, the company received 13 new aircraft, including seven Airbus A380s and six Boeing 777-300ERs, including the latest Boeing 777-300ER.
During the 2018-2019 fiscal year, 11 aircraft were discharged from the fleet, bringing the fleet to 270 at the end of March 2019. For the second time, the entry and exit of 24 aircraft is one of the largest replacements in one fiscal year, keeping the fleet's average life at 6.1 years.
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