US: Emirates airline sets world record on new aircraft acquisitions

New York, US (PANA) - One of the world's leading airlines, Emirates, has set a new world
record with the arrival of four new aircraft in one day, stating that, "this is our commitment to flying a modern, efficient and comfortable fleet."

Emirates, in a statement circulated to reporters in New York on Friday, noted that the bumper delivery included two Boeing 777-300ERs, one Boeing 777 Freighter and one A380 aircraft.

The statement disclosed that "Emirates is already the world’s largest operator of the Boeing 777 and the A380."

It said the A380 aircraft delivered this week brings the total number of this double-decked
aircraft in the Emirates fleet to 66, while the additional three Boeing aircraft marks the 150th Emirates Boeing 777 delivery milestone, and takes the current Emirates 777 fleet size to 147.

It recalled that Emirates received its first Boeing 777 in 1996, and has since retired three older 777 aircraft from service.

"With a range of up to 17,446 kilometres or 9,420 nautical miles, Emirates’ Boeing 777s serve almost 100 destinations across six continents, enabling the airline to connect almost any two points on earth," the statement said.

Tim Clark, president, Emirates Airline said: "The Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 are two of the most advanced, efficient, and spacious commercial aircraft in the skies today."

He stated: "They are the mainstay of the Emirates fleet, giving us versatility in our route planning, and also the ability to offer our customers the latest features and comforts on-board."

"Our long-standing commitments to both aircraft programmes continue to support jobs and innovation across the aerospace manufacturing supply chain around the world, particularly in the USA and Europe.

"And we will continue to work closely with both manufacturers to raise the bar on operational efficiency and on-board product features," he added.

The four new aircraft are valued at US$1.5 billion and underwent pre-service maintenance checks before being put into regular service.

The maiden flights for the two Boeing 777-300ERs took passengers from Dubai to Kuwait and Mumbai, while the first flight for the new A380 took off from Dubai to Dusseldorf, Germany.

The Boeing 777 freighter was scheduled to fly directly from the Seattle, US State of Washington, the headquarters pf the Boeing Company, where it was manufactured, to Hong Kong to pick up 103,000 kg of cargo.

Emirates has received 14 new aircraft so far in 2015, which include nine A380s, four Boeing 777-300ERs and one Boeing 777 Freighter.

During the same period, the airline retired eight aircraft, comprised of four A340-500s, three A330-200s and one Boeing 777-200.

Including the most recent deliveries, the total number of aircraft in the Emirates fleet stands at 238 with an average age of 6.5 years, representing one of the youngest fleets in the skies.

The airline has 270 additional aircraft on order, worth a total of US$129 billion at list prices.

Its order book includes 46 Boeing 777-300ERs, 115 Boeing 777-9Xs, 35 Boeing 777-8Xs and 74 Airbus A380s.
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04 september 2015 13:57:14

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