Emirates buys 32 new super jumbos
Airline places $11.5 billion order for A380s
Emirates has placed an order for 32 additional A380s, taking its total number of super jumbos on order to 90.
The $11.5 billion order for the additional aircraft was signed at the Berlin Air Show by Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chairman, Emirates Airline and Group and Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO.
Sheikh Ahmed said: “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. 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 is on track to become one of the largest airlines in the world. In a year where the aviation industry was rocked by the economic downturn, the airline reported its 22nd year of profit, up 416 percent to close at $ 964 million., over its 2008-09 profits of US$ 187 million.