Emirates has taken delivery of its 116th Airbus A380, registered A6-EVL. The airline currently has 115 A380s in its fleet after A6-EDB was phased out earlier in 2020. The latest delivery marks the first aircraft delivery of any type to Emirates since December 2019.
The aircraft arrives at a time when the future of the A380 is in question and many airlines have grounded their fleets. Emirates currently has over 100 A380s in storage split between the airline’s hub DXB and Dubai’s second airport DWC.
A6-EVL’s delivery flight was partially powered by sustainable aviation fuel. This is the first time the airline has used sustainable aviation fuel to power an A380. The biofuel used for the flight was produced from used cooking oil in Finland.
Dubai based Emirates expects to take delivery of 2 more A380s, registered A6-EVM and A6-EVN, in December. A6-EVN’s arrival will mark the introduction of the airline’s Premium Economy product.
Sir Tim Clark, the airline’s president commented saying
The A380 has been a success story for Emirates, and this is reflected in the strong customer interest wherever we’ve deployed the aircraft over the years. The A380 has helped us efficiently serve customer demand at slot constrained airports and also on trunk routes, supporting our long-haul hub operations. Importantly, with the space and technology on this aircraft, we’ve been able to introduce new concepts onboard that have transformed the flying experience for the better. We look forward to introducing our Premium Economy experience on which will make its debut on an A380 in the coming months, and we will continue to invest in our world-class A380 product experience. The A380 will remain our flagship for the next decade, and we will re-deploy it on more routes as travel demand returns.”
The Emirates A380 currently operates to Cairo, Amman, Paris, London, Guangzhou, Manchester and Moscow. Services have been ramped up to four daily A380s on London Heathrow and daily flights to Moscow. The aircraft is also being used as a ‘mini-freighter’ on select cargo charter operations to transport urgently required cargo across the Emirates network.