Emirates says it plans to retire 26 aircraft next year

Dubai airline will also take delivery of 36 new planes in 2016 including 20 A380s and 16 Boeing 777s
Emirates says it plans to retire 26 aircraft next year
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By Staff writer
Tue 08 Dec 2015 11:24 AM

Emirates Airline has announced it plans to retire 26 aircraft in 2016, including 12 A330-300s, 4 A340-300s, 1 A340-500, 6 Boeing 777-200ERs, 2 Boeing 777-300s and 1 Boeing 777-300ER.

The average age of the Emirates aircraft slated for retirement in 2016 will be 15.7 years, well-below the average industry retirement age of 25. In addition, 13 more aircraft will be retired in 2017 and another 13 will be retired in 2018, the airline said in a statement.

Balancing its aircraft retirement programme, Emirates said it will take delivery of 36 new aircraft in 2016, including 20 A380s and 16 Boeing 777-300ERs.

At the end of 2016, the aircraft retirements and new deliveries will put Emirates’ average fleet age at 5.6 years, dramatically younger than the global average.

Sir Tim Clark, president Emirates Airline said: “We are fully committed to flying a modern fleet that is better for the environment, and provides our customers with a superior level of comfort and safety.

"With the retirement of older aircraft and the introduction of new, more fuel efficient aircraft in 2016, Emirates will continue to lead the industry in reducing the age of our fleet, while at the same time defining new levels of service that our customers have come to expect."

Currently, the total number of aircraft in the Emirates fleet stands at 244. In 2015, the airline received 26 new aircraft. The airline has 262 additional aircraft on order, worth over $120 billion at list prices.

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