Emirates fleet

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The Emirates fleet is composed of two wide-bodied aircraft families, the Airbus A380 and Boeing 777.

Current fleet[edit]

As of February 2019, the Emirates mainline fleet consists of the following widebody aircraft:[1][2][3][4]

Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
F J Y Total
Airbus A330-900neo 40[5] TBA Deliveries planned to start from 2021.
Airbus A350-900 30[5] TBA Deliveries planned to start from 2024.
Airbus A380-800 109[4] 14[5] 14 76 399 489 Largest operator of the Airbus A380-800
401 491
426 516
427 517
429 519
0 58 557 615
Boeing 777-200LR 10 8 42 216 266 To be reconfigured to a 2-class configuration.[6]
0 38 264 302
Boeing 777-300ER 138 8 42 310 360 Largest operator of the Boeing 777-300ER.
304 354
306 356
6 354
0 386 428
Boeing 777-8 35[7] TBA Deliveries planned to start from 2022.
Boeing 777-9 115[7] TBA Deliveries planned to start from 2020.
Total 257 234

Executive aircraft[edit]

As of February 2019, the Emirates Executive fleet consists of the following aircraft:[8]

Emirates Executive fleet
Aircraft Fleet Orders Passengers
Airbus A319-100 1 10 (suites)
5 (beds)
Total 1

Historical fleet[edit]

Emirates historical fleet

Emirates was conceived in March 1985 with backing from Dubai's royal family, whose Dubai Air Wing provided two of the airline's first aircraft, used Boeing 727-200/Advs. It also leased a new Boeing 737-300 as well as an Airbus A300B4-200, both from PIA,[9].[10] Emirates then launched daily nonstop service to London Gatwick on 6 July 1987 with two new Airbus A310s. By 1994 the airline had a fleet of 18 Airbus aircraft (all of which have been retired). Seven new Boeing 777s worth over US$1 billion were ordered in 1992, which began to arrive in the spring of 1996.

Emirates' Airbus A300B4-200 fleet was retired from service by the end of 1987. Emirates' Airbus A300-600Rs were retired in 2001 and replaced by Airbus A330-200s. The Boeing 727-200/Advs remained in service with the airline for nine years, and were sold in 1995. The Boeing 737-300 remained in service for two years from 1985 to 1987. The planned phaseout of Emirates' older large Airbus widebodies started in February 2011, starting with the retirement of two Airbus A330-200s from its fleet. The last Airbus A340-500 was withdrawn from service on 31 March 2016 after operating a final flight from Kabul to Dubai.[11]

The first Boeing 777-300ER (registration A6-EBD) was withdrawn from use on 27 March 2017 after performing its final flight for Emirates as EK724 from Addis Ababa,[12][13] and is now leased by ALC to VIM Airlines with registration VP-BIN.[14] Emirates does plan to retire their older 777-300ER airframes in 2017. Emirates intends to retire 5 of their Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to Rossiya Airlines. Two ex-Emirates Boeing 777-300ERs have already been delivered to Rossiya, they were A6-EBA and A6-EBL.[15][16][17]

As of June 2018, Emirates has retired eight 777-300 aircraft.[18][19] Five of these Boeing 777-300 aircraft will be returned to the leasing company, AerCap, and then be transferred to Cathay Pacific. These include the following frames: A6-EMQ, A6-EMR, A6-EMT, A6-EMV and A6-EMX.[20] The last 777-300 for Emirates, A6-EMX retired officially on the 27th of October 2018.[21]

On 29 and 30 October 2016, Emirates retired three aircraft types from its operating fleet, namely the Airbus A330-200, A340-300 and Boeing 777-200ER. This simplification of aircraft reduced the airline's current fleet to just two aircraft families for passenger service until the addition of the Boeing 787-10 in 2022: the Airbus A380-800 and three models from the Boeing 777 family.

Emirates has operated the following aircraft since 1985:[22]

Emirates Historical Fleet[1]
Aircraft Fleet Introduced Retired Ref
Airbus A300B4-200 1 1985 1987 [23]
Airbus A300-600R 6 1989 2002 [24]
Airbus A310-300 10 1987 2007 [25]
Airbus A310-300F 3 2005 2009 [25]
Airbus A330-200 29 1999 2016
Airbus A340-300 8 2003 2016 [22]
Airbus A340-500 10 2003 2016 [11]
Boeing 727-200Adv 3 1986 1995 [26]
Boeing 737-300 1 1985 1987 [23]
Boeing 777-200 3 1996 2015 [27]
Boeing 777-200ER 6 1997 2016 [22]
Boeing 777-300 12 1999 2018 [28]

Fleet development[edit]

Order history[edit]

The airline made history at the Paris Air Show in June 2003 when it announced the biggest order ever in civil aviation at that time. The order comprised 71 aircraft list-priced at a combined US$19 billion and included firm purchase orders for 21 more Airbus A380-800s and leasing orders for two A380-800s. Emirates also announced operating lease orders for 26 Boeing 777-300ERs – 14 from GECAS and 12 from the International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) – powered by General Electric GE90-115B engines.[29] On 16 November 2003, Emirates ordered 41 Airbus aircraft, comprising two A340-500s, 18 A340-600s and 21 A380-800s. In addition, Emirates planned to lease two A340-600s and two A380-800s from ILFC.

On 20 November 2005, Emirates announced firm orders for 42 Boeing 777 aircraft, to be powered by GE90 jet engines, in a deal worth Dhs 35.7 billion (US$9.7 billion) at list prices. This was the largest-ever order for the Boeing 777 family of aircraft and consisted of 24 Boeing 777-300ERs, 10 Boeing 777-200LR Worldliners and eight Boeing 777 Freighters, with the first aircraft scheduled for delivery in 2007. In addition, Emirates will have purchase rights for 20 more 777 aircraft.[30]

Emirates Boeing 777-300 (non-ER) Registration: A6-EMV

During the Farnborough Air Show in July 2006, Emirates signed a Heads of Agreement for 10 of Boeing 747-8F aircraft, to be powered by General Electric's GEnx jet engines, in a deal worth US$3.3 billion. On 31 October 2006, Emirates cancelled an order for 20 Airbus A340-600 aircraft, ending a delay in the delivery of the aircraft pending enhancements.[31]

On 7 May 2007 Emirates reaffirmed its order for 43 A380-800s and has committed to another four which brought its order to 47. On 18 June 2007, during the Paris Air Show, Emirates ordered eight additional A380-800s, bringing its total ordered to 55.[32]

Emirates, which was deciding between the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A350, also stated it would decide on an order worth as much as US$20 billion for mid-sized planes by October 2007, and that the design of the Airbus A350 was closing in on Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. On 11 November 2007, during the Dubai Airshow, Emirates ordered 120 Airbus A350s, with the first delivery set for 2014. A firm $16.1bn order for 70 planes has been made with an option for 50 more aircraft, at an additional cost of $11.5bn, in due course; the airline will mainly use the A350s on its European, African and Asian routes. The agreement with Airbus comprises firm orders for 50 A350-900s and 20 A350-1000s, plus 50 options of unknown variant(can be A350-900/A350-1000 or both).[33] On the same day Emirates has also upped its order for the Airbus A380-800 to 58 units, up from 49. Also, Emirates ordered 12 Boeing 777-300ERs. In total the deal was worth an estimated $34.9bn at list prices.[34]

On 28 July 2008 Emirates signed a letter of intent for 60 airbus aircraft: 30 Airbus A350s plus 30 A330-300s. The agreement was signed between Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive of Emirates and Group and Tom Enders, Airbus president and CEO on the occasion of their first A380-800 delivery in Hamburg, Germany. At the 10th Dubai Airshow in 2007, Emirates signed a firm order for 70 A350s with an option for 50 more. The agreement includes the firming up of 30 of the Airbus A350 options and will eventually increase Emirates’ total order for the A350s to 100.[35] However, in June 2010 the airline confirmed they have aborted a planned deal for 30 A330-300s and 30 more A350-1000s announced in July 2008 and are currently in talks with Boeing for smaller wide-body aircraft.[36]

The airline has converted an order for A380F into the passenger version[when?] which are due for delivery in 2009. In its place the airline has ordered ten Boeing 747-8 freighters for its SkyCargo subsidiary. Emirates has chosen the Boeing 747-8 "derivative" freighter over the all-new Airbus A380F for its nose-loading capability, something the rival Airbus freighter is lacking.[37][38]

On 8 June 2010, at the Berlin Air show, Emirates ordered an additional 32 A380s worth $11.5 billion. The deal was the biggest single order for the world’s largest passenger aircraft. This latest order, added to the 58 A380s previously ordered, brings the total to 90.[39] Emirates expects all 90 superjumbos to be delivered by 2017. None of the additional 32 jets are intended to replace existing A380s; although Emirates received its first A380 in 2008 it does not expect to retire these early airframes before 2020.[40] Later in June 2010, Tim Clark, the president of Emirates, hinted at further orders for A380s.[41]

On 19 July 2010, at the Farnborough Air Show in the UK, Emirates ordered 30 Boeing 777-300ER worth $9.1 billion.[42] Emirates also announced it had signed a contract for Engine Alliance GP7200 engines to power the 32 Airbus A380 aircraft it ordered in June at the Berlin Air Show. The deal with Engine Alliance, a joint venture between GE and Pratt & Whitney, was worth $4.8bn, while last month’s Airbus A380 order was worth $11.5bn. The total spending for new aircraft that year reached $25bn.[43]

On 17 November 2013, Emirates announced at a press conference at the Dubai Airshow that they were placing an order for an additional 50 Airbus A380-800s, bringing the overall order total to 140. The order signing was witnessed by Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive Emirates Airline and Group, and Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO.[44]

On 11 June 2014 Emirates and Airbus announced that Emirates had opted to cancel its orders (70 in total) for the A350XWB [45]

Airbus A330neo and Airbus A350 XWB[edit]

On 14th February 2019, after reducing its orders for the Airbus A380, Emirates decided to order Airbus' newest generation widebody aircraft, namely the Airbus A330neo and Airbus A350-900. The order consists of 40 A330-900neo aircraft and 30 A350-900s and is worth US$ 21.4 billion at list prices.[5][46][47][48]

Airbus A380[edit]

On 28 July 2008, Emirates received its first Airbus A380-800, and in August 2008 it became the second airline to fly the A380-800, after Singapore Airlines.[49] The airline currently[when?] uses its A380-800s daily to over 40 destinations, both short haul and long haul, with more being added each month.

Emirates is the largest operator of the A380, with the 100th A380 joining its fleet in October 2017.[50][51] Furthermore, the airline had 41 more A380s on order, which would have increased the number of A380s in service to 142. It considered buying an additional 100 to 200 Airbus A380s if the four-engined superjumbo had been revamped with more fuel-efficient engines by 2020.[52][53][54] The airline plans to retire its A380s after 12 years of service.[55]

Emirates’ A380s were originally all powered by Engine Alliance GP7200 engines.[56] In a deal worth US$9.2 billion, Rolls Royce announced in April 2015 that they would supply engines for 50 new Airbus A380s (termed A380CEO) with first delivery due in mid 2016. On 29 December 2016, the first Emirates Rolls Royce-powered A380 landed at Dubai airport.

On 18 January 2018, Emirates signed a Memorandum of Understanding to acquire additional Airbus A380 aircraft. The commitment was for 20 A380s, with an option for 16 more; deliveries were to start in 2020. The aircraft were valued at US $16 billion.[57][58]

In February 2019, following a review of its operations, Emirates reduced its A380 order; it will take delivery of 14 further Airbus A380s over the next two years. As a consequence and given the lack of order backlog with other airlines, Airbus will cease production of the A380 in 2021.[5]

Boeing 777 & 777X[edit]

Emirates has the largest fleet of 777s, and plans to start phasing out older "classic" 777s with new ones. On 1 October 2014, Emirates retired its first Boeing 777, A6-EMD after 18 years of service. Emirates took delivery of its 100th Boeing 777-300ER on 28 October 2014.[59] The company is currently waiting for more 777-300ER's to join their fleet, that would bring it up to a total of 149 777s. Emirates has retired 1 B777-300ER in 2017, followed by 2 more as of May 2018.[60][17][16] In 2020 Boeing will start with delivering the 777-8 and the 777-9 to the Emirates fleet, in which 150 more aircraft should make their appearance.

Boeing 787-10[edit]

Emirates Chairman and CEO, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said the carrier will decide between the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 on which to order by the end of 2017.[61] At the start of the November 2017 Dubai Air Show, Emirates announced a commitment for 40 787-10 worth a total of US$15.1 billion at list prices.[62] As Boeing had 171 orders for the variant, those will be delivered from 2018 in two- and three-class cabins for 240 to 300 passengers, with conversion rights to the smaller 787-9.[63] However, by early 2019 it was considering cancelling this order due to engine margins being insufficient for the hot Dubai weather, in favour of the A350.[64]

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