Emirates has ordered an additional 32 Airbus A380s, taking the Dubai-based airline's total firm order for the iconic super-jumbo to 90 aircraft. The order...

Emirates has ordered an additional 32 Airbus A380s, taking the Dubai-based airline’s total firm order for the iconic super-jumbo to 90 aircraft.

The order for the additional aircraft has a list price of $11.5 billion.

The purchase agreement was signed on June 8 by His Highness (H.H.) Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group and Tom Enders, Airbus  president and CEO, during a ceremony at the ILA Berlin Air Show. The signing was witnessed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other dignitaries.

“This latest order, adding to 58 A380s previously ordered, affirms Emirates’ strategy to become a world leading carrier and to further establish Dubai as a central gateway to worldwide air travel,” says Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum.  “The A380 is our flagship in terms of passenger comfort, innovation, operating and environmental efficiency and revenue generation. Our latest commitment signals Emirates’ confidence in the growth to come in a thriving aviation sector as we build our fleet for tomorrow.”

Emirates' June 8, 2010 order for another 32 Airbus A380s took its total order for the super-jumbo type to 90 aircraft, some 70 aircraft more than the next-largest A380 customer. Emirates expects eventually to serve about 100 airports worldwide with A380s

“Emirates supported the development of the A380 from the earliest days, a project employing tens of thousands of Europe’s best people, and today’s increased order, is the best endorsement I can imagine,” says Enders. “On behalf of all of us at Airbus, we thank Emirates for their support. The A380 is indeed a remarkable eco-efficient aircraft, a profit generator for airlines and a great flying experience for passengers.”

Already the second-largest airline in the world in terms of available seat kilometers flown, Emirates is on track to become one of the largest airlines in the world by any measure. In addition to its June 8 order, Emirates has 48 Airbus 380s, 70 Airbus 350s, 18 Boeing 777-300ERs and 7 Boeing 747-8Fs on order (the last type through Dubai Aerospace Enterprise), totaling 143 wide-body aircraft worth more than $48 billion.

In a year where the commercial aviation industry was rocked by the economic downturn, Emirates Airline recently reported its 22nd year of profit. The airline’s net profit soared 416 per cent to $964 million compared with its 2008-09 profit of $187 million.

The airline took delivery of its first A380 in July 2008 and received its 10th on June 7, 2010 from the Airbus plant in Hamburg Emirates is now serving eight international destinations with the super-jumbo aircraft, including London Heathrow, Toronto, Paris, Jeddah, Bangkok, Seoul, Sydney and Auckland.

Emirates will start A380 services to Beijing on August 1, Manchester on September 1 and will resume A380 service to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) on October 31. Emirates says it looks forward to expanding its list of A380 destinations at more than 100 A380-capable airports around the world as it receives additional super-jumbos.