12 February, 2018: Emirates has signed a contract with Airbus for 20 additional A380s with a further 16 options to be confirmed at a later date. The total agreement for 36 aircraft is valued at US$16 bn based on list prices. Deliveries are to start as early as 2020. The agreement was signed at the World Government Summit by Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group; and Mikail Houari, Airbus President for Africa and Middle East. Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, ruler of the Emirate of Dubai and Edouard Philippe, Prime Minister of France were also present.
Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group said, “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.”
“We thank Emirates, 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,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President Commercial Aircraft and COO. “This latest agreement further demonstrates the strength of our valued partnership with Emirates in support of their impressive growth.”
The A380 is important to sustain air traffic growth, reduce congestion at busy airports by transporting more passengers with fewer flights. The flagship airliner can accommodate 575 passengers in 4 classes and offers a variety of 8,200 nautical miles.