By Neil King
Airline looks to grow A380 number from 55 to 68 with a year
Emirates expects to have 68 Airbus A380s in its fleet by the end of 2015, according to the airline’s executive vice president and chief commercial officer.
Thierry Antinori said Emirates is likely to have 55 A380s by the end of 2014, but will leap to 68 within a year as the airline develops more flights to the US, Gulf News reported.
“We just shifted from 777s to A380s in October to Dallas,” he said, with similar changes due to take place in December for San Francisco and Houston.
A third non-stop flight between Dubai and New York was also announced last week, using A380s from the end of March 2015.
Emirates will continue to expand its A380 fleet as it looks to fulfil its total order of 140 aircraft.
Antinori also emphasised the airline’s interest in buying Airbus’s A380neos (‘new engine options’).
He added: “If Airbus is investing the money to do that [making A380neos], because it will bring more efficiency [and] because Dubai will continue to grow,… we would buy more.”