Emirates: a plan to extend its A380 fleet while waiting for new planes

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Emirates announced a Dubai Airshow 2023 ” successful “, with significant investments for its future fleet. While awaiting their arrival, it is setting up a task force to extend the lifespan of its SuperJumbos.

Already the world’s largest operator of wide-body aircraft, Emirates has announced significant orders to expand its fleet and fuel the airline’s future growth plans, in line with the Dubai Economic Agenda (D33). After confirming an order for 90 Boeing 777-9777-8 and 5,787 moreworth $52 billion, and 15 Airbus A350-900 additional, worth $6 billion, Emirates now has a total order book of 310 devices wide-body aircraft and will continue to receive deliveries of new aircraft until 2035.

But while waiting for their delivery, it is necessary to guarantee that its ” very popular “ fleet of A380 remains in perfect condition. To this end, Emirates has signed agreements worth more than $1.5 billion to optimize the life of the double-deck aircraft. Capitalizing on the expertise of partners in the field of aviation aftermarket and MRO services, the airline has also signed agreements for maintenance, repair and overhaul services, spare parts supply, component repair and technical support to ensure the A380 fleet continues to meet Emirates’ rigorous standards into the next decade. The “task force” includes names like Saffron, Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney, Collins Aerospace And Lufthansa Technik. Together, these companies will have the mission of carrying out maintenance, overhauls and even producing spare parts for aircraft.

Out of production since December 2021, when Airbus itself delivered the last copy to Emirates, the A380 has entered a phase where the active fleet tends to decrease from year to year, as operating costs increase. linked to its maintenance are increasing. As of October, there were 232 such aircraft in operation worldwide according to Air Data News, 19 fewer than two years ago. “The A380 has been and will continue to be an integral part of Emirates’ history. Its size and capacity have enabled Emirates to unlock growth at some of the world’s busiest airports, opening up new opportunities for travelers and significantly improving passenger comfort standards,” said Tim Clark, president of the airline.

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