By Andy Sambidge
Three A380 superjumbos and two Boeing 777s set to be added to Dubai carrier's fleet
Emirates Airline said on Wednesday its fleet will expand by five aircraft this month as the carrier adds three new A380s and two new Boeing 777s.
The Dubai carrier said in a statement that one A380 and one Boeing 777 joined the network in the first weekend of December and the remaining three will join throughout the month.
The new additions to the fleet will mark the arrival of Emirates 118th and 119th Boeing aircraft and its 28th to 30st A380s.
As the largest operator of both the A380 and Boeing 777 in the world, Emirates new additions will support its growing route network.
The list of cities that Emirates serves will expand with two new destinations in December – Lyon, France and Phuket, Thailand.
In addition, service to Warsaw, Poland, and Algiers, Algeria, begin in the first quarter of 2013.
“Adding a single new aircraft into the fleet, for any airline, requires careful planning and good logistical support,” said Adel Al Redha, Emirates executive vice-president of Engineering and Operations.
“However, adding five new aircraft over the course of one month is a true achievement. Notwithstanding the precise planning that takes place in inducting these aircraft into the network, none of this would be possible without our professional team of flight crew, cabin crew, engineering, airport and ground operations personnel.”
The airline currently has 191 aircraft in operation, and has an outstanding aircraft order for an additional 209 aircraft including 70 more Boeing 777s.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.