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Sheikh Mohammed tours new A380

Ruler of Dubai says superjumbo a major boost in bid to place Emirates fleet ahead of the world.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE, toured Emirates Airline’s newly delivered Airbus A380 on Saturday.

According to a statement carried by state news agency WAM, Sheikh Mohammed, also ruler of Dubai, said the acquisition of the plane was a boost in the bid to position Emirates' fleet ahead of other global aviation companies.

Emirates had finally received delivery of its second superjumbo on Friday from manufacturer Airbus, after a delay of several weeks.

During the tour Sheikh Mohammed was briefed by a specialist engineer about the internal components of A380, and the qualities of the double-decker plane, WAM said.

Emirates' second A380 follows the airline's first A380 delivered in July, on the Dubai-New York JFK service.

The airline operates two flights a day to New York, with the second daily service using a Boeing 777-300ER.

The delivery of the second A380 brings Emirate’s wide-bodied aircraft fleet to 122, inclusive of freighters.

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