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Emirates on Friday celebrated the milestone delivery of its 100th A380 aircraft at a special ceremony with Airbus at the manufacturer’s delivery centre in Hamburg.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Emirates’ chairman and CEO officiated the ceremony which was also attended by Sir Tim Clark, president Emirates Airline, Tom Enders, Airbus CEO and other officials.
According to Bloomberg, 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.
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.
It also features the airline’s newly revamped Onboard Lounge and will be on display at the upcoming Dubai Air Show, entering service afterwards.
Emirates also unveiled a special tribute to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founding father of the United Arab Emirates, with bespoke livery for its 100th A380.
Sheikh Ahmed said: “This is a tremendous moment for Emirates, for Airbus and for our many partners involved in the A380 programme.
“For Emirates, the A380 has been a success. We’ve been able to utilise it at slot-constrained airports, as well as at regional and ‘secondary’ airports where we have grown passenger demand.
"We remain committed to the programme and will work closely with Airbus and our partners to continually enhance our A380 product as we look ahead to receiving our remaining 42 aircraft on order.”
Enders added: “We are extremely proud of our long-standing relationship with Emirates – a partnership that has been integral to the A380 programme.”
Airbus estimates that Emirates’ A380 orders support 41,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs in Europe, including some 14,500 in Germany alone.
In April 2015, Emirates signed a historic €8.7 billion deal with Rolls-Royce for Trent 900 engines and a long-term total care package. The engines will power 50 Airbus A380s which began entering service in 2016.
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.
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.