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Emirates takes delivery of Airbus' 6,000th plane

A380 superjumbo rolls off production line to make manufacturing milestone.

Emirates Airline took delivery of Airbus’s 6,000th aircraft, which rolled off the production line on Tuesday.

"If a powerful demonstration of the resilience of the aviation industry was required, today has provided that," said Adel Al Redha, executive vice president, Emirates' Engineering and Operations.

The French plane maker’s 6,000th plane was an Airbus A380 superjumbo – the eight double-decker plane handed over to Emirates.

Emirates now has 55 Airbus aircraft in its current fleet and a further 121 on order, worth more than AED132bn ($35 bn), Redha said.

The Dubai-based carrier was the first airline to order an A380, and has ordered more than any other airline – representing 30 percent of the total superjumbo orders.

"Today's delivery is our 25th A380 so far, and more importantly, the 6,000th Airbus produced in our 40 year history. It is particularly significant that it is both an A380 and for Emirates, as they were involved in its development from early on,” said Tom Enders, Airbus CEO.

The Emirates A380 serves Toronto, London Heathrow, Paris, Seoul, Bangkok, Sydney, Auckland , and Jeddah from February 1.

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