Emirates becomes first all Airbus A380, Boeing 777 operator

Emirates has become the world’s first and only airline to operate a fleet of all Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft for its passenger flights after it recently retired the last of its Airbus A330-200 and A340-300 aircraft.

The Dubai airline recently retired A6-EAK from operational service, which was the last of the 29 Airbus A330 aircraft that had been operating as part of its fleet.

The A330 joined Emirates in 2002 and had flown for over 60,000 hours travelling close to 45 million kilometres in over 14 years.

Since January 2015, Emirates has retired 18 A330 and 5 A340 aircraft from its fleet, with an average age of 16.5 years – well below the industry standard retirement age of 25 years.

In addition to the aircraft that have been retired from active service since January 2015, Emirates plans to further phase out some 25 aircraft over the course of 2017 and 2018.

The retirement of older aircraft, along with the induction of younger, modern aircraft into the fleet, has resulted in Emirates operating one of the youngest fleets in the industry with an average age of 5.2 years.

Emirates recently received its 85th A380 – the first of the new generation A380 – and its 125th Boeing 777-300ER (160 777s in its fleet). For the calendar year 2016, Emirates will have taken delivery of 36 new aircraft – 20 Airbus A380s and 16 Boeing 777.

Out of the 234 aircraft worth over $112 billion that Emirates has in its order book, 150 will be the new Boeing 777X aircraft that will be delivered starting 2020. The aircraft will feature a range of passenger-focused amenities onboard including larger windows, a higher ceiling, and a wider cabin in addition to being more fuel-efficient than older aircraft.

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