Since its first take off from Dubai to New York in August 2008, the Emirates A380 has carried more than 105 million passengers. Clocked in more than 1.5 billion kilometres on 115,000 flights, equivalent to 39,000 trips around the globe in the last decade.
A statement issued by the Dubai-based airline to mark its 10 years of A380 operations said – “Emirates is the world’s largest operator of the A380 aircraft, with 104 double-decker aircraft flying to 49 cities in 6 continents on scheduled services with more than 80 daily departures from Dubai, the airline’s hub. In addition to its 104-strong fleet, the airline has a further 58 A380s on order. Currently, Emirates also operates the world’s shortest A380 route from Dubai to Kuwait, and the world’s longest A380 non-stop route from Dubai to Auckland. The airline has also grown its scheduled services to major airports and has also successfully grown its demand at regional airports such as Manchester, Brisbane, Kuala Lumpur, Houston, Prague, Kuwait, Mauritius, Johannesburg and Sao Paulo.”
Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said: “It’s been ten extraordinary years since the first Emirates A380 flight took to the skies, and today it has become one of the most recognisable and admired aircraft in the world.”
The airline, in its statement, said that Emirates A380 has had a significant impact on the aerospace industry by generating jobs, boost tourism and trade in the regions it flies in. It further claimed that in January this year, Emirates ordered a further 36 A380s worth US$16 billion, taking the airline’s commitment for the aircraft to 178 units, and further generating catalytic benefits for European economies with the airline’s impending deliveries beyond 2020.