In pictures: Emirates receives 100th A380 with HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan livery
The unique livery is the first time Emirates will feature a customised decal of a well-known public figure, marking the airline's first initiative for the 'Year of Zayed', which commences in 2018, coinciding with the centennial of the birth of the UAE's founding father.
Emirates unveiled a special tribute to the late HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founding father of the United Arab Emirates - bespoke livery on its 100th A380. From left to right: HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Emirates Airline & Group, Tom Enders, Chief Executive Officer of Airbus , Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline , Fabrice Brégier, Chief Operating Officer of Airbus and President Commercial Aircraft , HE Ali Al Ahmed, UAE Ambassador to Germany , Adel Al Redha, Emirates Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and John Leahy, Chief Commercial Officer – Customers – Commercial Aircraft of Airbus. Airbus and Emirates hope to come to terms of a new A380 deal by the time of the Dubai Air Show, which takes place later this month. Sheikh Ahmed said: “This is a tremendous moment for Emirates, for Airbus and for our many partners involved in the A380 programme. Powered by Rolls-Royce engines, Emirates’ 100th A380 is configured in three cabin classes, with 14 private suites in First class, 76 seats in Business and 426 seats in Economy. The airline receives on average 11 A380 deliveries per year, starting from its first aircraft in August 2008. In its 2016/17 financial year, Emirates received a record 19 new A380 aircraft. Emirates unveiled a special tribute to the late HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the United Arab Emirates, with a bespoke livery for its 100th A380 carrying one of his most memorable images. Addressing VIP guests and media at the Hamburg event; (left to right)HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Emirates Airline & Group and Tom Enders, Chief Executive Officer of Airbus. To date over 85 million passengers have flown on the Emirates A380. Emirates is the world’s largest operator of the A380 aircraft, flying this iconic double-decked jet to 48 cities on six continents on scheduled services. It also features the airline’s newly revamped Onboard Lounge and will be on display at the upcoming Dubai Air Show, entering service afterwards. The Emirates Airbus A380 infographic.