Emirates today took delivery of its 100th Airbus A380 superjumbo.
The aircraft is configured in three cabin classes, with 14 private suites in first class, 76 seats in business and 426 seats in economy.
The double decker A380 also features the Dubai-based airline’s newly revamped onboard lounge.
The aircraft will be on display at the upcoming Dubai Air Show and will enter service afterwards.
The airline has 1,500 flight deck crew and more than 23,000 cabin crew specially trained to operate its A380 fleet.
Emirates chairman Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum said: “This is a tremendous moment for Emirates, for Airbus and for our many partners involved in the A380 programme.
“There is no doubt that the A380 has had a big positive impact on aerospace manufacturing and the broader aviation industry, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs and stimulating innovation and new product development in many related areas such as ground handling, catering, airport facilities and cabin products, to name a few.
“Importantly, the A380 also brought the flying experience for our customers to the next level. The aircraft itself is a showpiece of engineering.
“It is the world’s largest commercial passenger jet but it is quiet and efficient and at Emirates we’ve utilised the on board real estate to redefine the thinking around inflight products and experience. Our flight crew love to fly it and our customers love to fly in it.
“For Emirates, the A380 has been a success. We’ve been able to utilise it at slot-constrained airports, as well as at regional and ‘secondary’ airports where we have grown passenger demand.
“Each time we deploy an A380 onto a route, it typically stimulates further traffic and demand as travellers are attracted by our flagship A380 experience.”
He added: “We remain committed to the programme and will work closely with Airbus and our partners to continually enhance our A380 product as we look ahead to receiving our remaining 42 aircraft on order.”
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