Strengthening ties, Emirates Airline and Airbus recently formalised a contract for 20 additional A380s with a further 16 options to be confirmed, valued at $16 billion.
Deliveries of the new aircraft are expected to begin in 2020.
Inking the agreement was chairman and chief executive, Emirates Airline and Group, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and president – Africa and Middle East, Airbus, Mikail Houari at the World Government Summit.
Present during the signing ceremony was Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, ruler of the Emirate of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum as well as the Prime Minister of France, Edouard Philippe.
HH Al Maktoum enthused: “This agreement underscores our commitment to the A380 programme, providing stability to the A380 production line and supporting thousands of high-value jobs across the aviation supply chain. For Emirates, the A380 has been a successful aircraft for our customers, our operations, and our brand. We look forward to continue working with Airbus to further enhance the aircraft and onboard product.”
Also commenting on the enhanced partnership was president commercial aircraft and chief operating officer, Airbus, Fabrice Brégier: “We thank Emirates, HH Sheikh Ahmed, Tim Clark and Adel Al-Redha for their continued confidence in the A380, which has so successfully transformed air travel in the 21st century. This latest agreement further demonstrates the strength of our valued partnership with Emirates in support of their impressive growth.”
The flagship A380 aircraft can accommodate 575 passengers in four classes and offers a range of 8,200 nautical miles (15,200 kilometres). The A380 is extremely comfortable and spacious, offering the widest seats, wide aisles and more floor space.