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Emirates Airline's A380 fleet jumps to 44

Dubai-based airline receives two more of the jumbo jets, to be used for services to Mauritius, Munich

Emirates Airline's A380 fleet jumps to 44

Dubai’s Emirates Airline has taken delivery of another two A380 aircraft, taking its fleet to 44.

The new aircraft will be initially used for flights to Mauritius and Munich, with 14 seats in first class, 76 seats in business class and 427 seats in economy.

Emirates operates the world’s largest fleet of A380s, flying one in three of the Airbus jets in operation.

It was the first airline to order the aircraft, in 2000, and the only one to confirm an order in 2013 following safety concerns.

Emirates ordered another 50 at the Dubai Air Show in November and now has 96 on order, worth $43bn, of which 71 are expected to be delivered before the end of 2018.

It received 13 of the aircraft this year, including one that is being used to operate the world’s longest non-stop A380 service - 13,414km - between Dubai and Los Angeles, which was launched earlier this month.

Emirates president Tim Clark said both passengers and the airline loved the A380.

“Continuous improvements are being made to the A380, by the manufacturer as well as by Emirates in terms of our on-board product,” he said.

“For instance our latest A380s have been fitted with even bigger high definition LCD TV screens to enhance the inflight entertainment experience. We’ve also introduced new touch-screen tablets that allow passengers to control all their seat functions and movie selections with just one swipe.

“Small details, but all these add up to provide a great flying experience.”

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