Dubai-based Emirates Airline has ordered two new Airbus A380s, scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2017. A source close to the transaction confirmed to ATW that the two A380s had been originally commissioned by Japan’s Skymark Airlines, which filed for bankruptcy in 2015.
Emirates operates 75 A380s, with a further 65 on firm order.
The additional two aircraft, to be powered by Rolls Royce Trent 900 engines, will take Emirates’ total A380 order book to 142.
Emirates president Tim Clark said: “From now until the end of 2017, Emirates will retire 30 older aircraft from our fleet. At the same time, to meet our growth expectations, we will take delivery of 24 new Boeing 777 and 33 new A380 aircraft, including these two additional A380 aircraft just ordered. This is in line with our strategy to operate a modern and efficient fleet and offer the best possible experience for our customers.”
The two new aircraft will be in two-class configuration and feature Emirates’ onboard lounge where business-class passengers can socialize at 40,000 ft.
The A380s will serve Emirates’ new destinations of Prague, Taipei and Vienna.