Dubai-based Emirates Airlines recently announced they have ordered 30 A350-900 aircraft and 40 A330-900 aircraft from European multinational aerospace corporation, Airbus. Both parties have signed the agreement worth US$ 21.4 billion at list prices.
The A330neo and A350 are the latest generations of Airbus aircraft with delivery expected to start from 2021 and 2024 respectively. In addition to the latest deal, Emirates and Airbus have reached an agreement regarding the outstanding deliveries of the A380. Emirates will take delivery of 14 more A380s from 2019 until the end of 2021; this will increase their A380 fleet to 123 aircraft.
Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum had this to say about the delivery agreement: “After many months of discussions, we have come to an agreement with Airbus and Rolls-Royce.
“Emirates has been a staunch supporter of the A380 since its very inception. While we are disappointed to have to give up our order, and sad that the program could not be sustained, we accept that this is the reality of the situation. For us, the A380 is a wonderful aircraft loved by our customers and our crew. It is a differentiator for Emirates. We have shown how people can truly fly better on the A380, and Emirates has set the standards for that by introducing customer experiences that are unique to the A380 like our Shower Spas and Onboard Lounge. The A380 will remain a pillar of our fleet well into the 2030s, and as we have always done, Emirates will continue to invest in our onboard product and services so our customers can be assured that the Emirates A380 experience will always be top-notch.”
Regarding the purchase of A330Neos and A350s, His Highness said: “Emirates’ fleet strategy to operate a young, modern, and efficient all-wide body fleet remains unchanged. The 40 A330neos and 30 A350s that we are ordering today will complement Emirates’ fleet mix, support our network growth, and give us more flexibility to better serve seasonal or opportunistic demand. Both the A330neos and A350s will play an important role in our future fleet and network plans.”