With the cessation of deliveries of its landmark A380 superjumbo in 2021.
The announcement follows confirmation that Emirates, the major customer for the A380, is reducing its order book for the aircraft from 162 to 123 planes. EK will take delivery of 14
further A380s over the next two years, but has decided to continue its ongoing fleet growth by switching to new generation A330-900 and A350-900s.
A new US$21.4 billion order has been placed for 40 A330s and 30 A350s, which will be delivered to Emirates starting from 2021 and 2024 respectively. “After many months of discussions we have come to an agreement with Airbus and Rolls-Royce,” said Emirates Group Chief Executive Officer Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum. He said EK had been a staunch supporter of the A380 since its inception, with the aircraft driving innovation and unique features.
The EK CEO confirmed that the A380 would remain a pillar of the airline’s fleet “well into the 2030s” while the new A330s and A350s would complement the fleet mix, support network growth “and give us more flexibility to better serve seasonal or opportunistic demand”.