Emirates orders 36 A380s worth US$ 16 billion today, 18 January 2018
Emirates signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus for 36 A380s in which 20 firm orders and 16 in options. Latest deal takes Emirates’ total Airbus A380 commitment to 178 aircraft. With this deal, Emirates extended a lifeline to Airbus A380 programme that almost went down under.
The US$ 16 billion deal for 36 additional Airbus A380 aircraft was signed today after months of delays and speculations about A380’s future. Emirates’ A380 fleet operates both GE and Rolls-Royce engines, and the airline is evaluating engine options for its latest A380 order.
The additional Airbus A380s will be delivered to Emirates from 2020 onwards, and will extend A380 production until 2029. 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 US$ 60 billion.
Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE Sheikh Ahmed said, “We’ve made no secret of the fact that the A380 has been a success for Emirates” and added “Some of the new A380s we’ve just ordered will be used as fleet replacements. This order will provide stability to the A380 production line”