Friday, December 17, 2010

Emirates fleet

Boeing 777-300ER, completing its first flight to Dubai International Airport. EK is the world's
 largest operator of the Boeing 777 family, with 83 in its fleet and 49 on order
The Emirates fleet features purely wide-body aircraft from 3 aircraft families: the Airbus A330 / A340, Airbus A380 and the Boeing 777. In keeping with its policy of maintaining a young fleet, which stands at an average of 5.9 years in July 2010, it renews its fleet frequently.
In July 2008, Emirates received its first Airbus A380-800 and in August 2008, it became the second airline to fly the Airbus A380-800, after Singapore Airlines.
Emirates has firm orders for 212 aircraft, and options for 50 more. In July 2010 their orders comprise of 212 aircraft from European Airbus, including 80 superjumbos Airbus A380-800 (10 delivered as of June 2010), and 63 American Boeing aircraft. As of February 2009, the company had an order book of over $70 billion, comprising 212 firm orders, and 50 unconfirmed orders.
Emirates Aircraft utilisation remained one of the highest in the industry at 18 hours per day.

Historic fleet

Emirates was conceived in March 1985 with backing from Dubai's royal family, whose Dubai Air Wing provided two of the airline's first aircraft, used Boeing 727-200/Advs. It also leased a new Boeing 737-300 from Pakistan International Airlines which was returned back in 1987. Emirates then launched daily nonstop service to London Gatwick on 6 July 1987 with two new Airbus A310s. By 1994 the airline had a fleet of 18 Airbus aircraft (all which have retired). Seven new Boeing 777s worth over $1 billion were ordered in 1992 which began to arrive in the spring of 1996.
Emirates Airbus A300-600Rs were retired in 2001 and replaced by Airbus A330-200s. Some were sold to Tunisair and some were sold to Lufthansa.
Emirates Airbus A300B4-200 fleet was retired from service by the end of 2001.
The Boeing 727-200/Advs remained in service with Emirates for 6 years, and was sold in 1993.
The Boeing 737-300 remained in service for two years from 1985 to 1987 and was returned back to Pakistan International Airlines
The following is a list of aircraft that Emirates has operated since 1985, and are now no longer in the fleet.

Historical Emirates Fleet (1985 - Present)
AircraftTotal deliveredRegistrationPeriod in fleetReference
Airbus A300B41AP-BBM (Leased from PIA)1988 - 2001
Airbus A300-600R6A6-EKC - A6-EKD - A6-EKE - A6-EKF - A6-EKM - A6-EKO1989 - 2001
Airbus A310-3009A6-EKA - A6-EKB - A6-EKG - A6-EKN - A6-EKH - A6-EKI - A6-EKJ - A6-EKK - A6-EKL1987 - 2004
Airbus A310-300F2A6-EFA - A6-EFB2005 - 2009
Boeing 727-200Adv3A6-EMA - A6-EMB - A6-EMC1985 - 1994
Boeing 737-3001AP-BCD (Leased from PIA)1985 - 1987

Current fleet

The Emirates fleet consists of the following widebody aircraft as of July 2010:

Emirates Fleet
Routes (To and from Dubai)Haul
Airbus A330-2002900RR Trent 772B237 (12/42/183)
278 (0/27/251)
Ahmedabad, Amman, Athens, Baghdad, Bahrain, Bangalore, Beirut, Casablanca, Chennai, Dammam, Damascus, Delhi, Dhaka, Doha, Durban, Düsseldorf, Hyderabad, Karachi, Kochi, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Kuwait, Larnaca, Madrid, Malta, Mumbai, Munich, Muscat, Nairobi, Newcastle, Nice, Peshawar, Prague, Riyadh, Rome, Sana'a, Tehran, Thiruvananthapuram, Tripoli, Tunis, Venice, ZurichShort - Medium haul
Airbus A340-300800CFM CFM56-5C267 (12/42/213)Abidjan, Accra, Athens, Casablanca, Dakar, Madrid, Milan, Muncih,, ShanghaiMedium haul
Airbus A340-5001000RR Trent 553258 (12/42/204)Auckland (via Brisbane), Beijing, Beirut, Brisbane, Dar-Es-Salaam, Khartoum, Lagos, Mahe Island, Melbourne, Moscow, Mumbai, TripoliLong haul
Airbus A350-900 XWB05050RR Trent XWB-84TBATBAMedium haul
Airbus A350-1000 XWB0200RR Trent XWB-93TBATBALong haul
Airbus A380-80015750EA GP7270489 (14/76/399)
517 (14/76/427)
Auckland (via Sydney), Bangkok, Beijing,Hong Kong (via Bangkok), Jeddah, London-Heathrow, Manchester, New York, Paris, Seoul, Sydney, Tokyo, TorontoMedium - Long haul
Boeing 777-200300RR Trent 877346 (0/42/304)Amman, Bahrain, Bangalore, Cairo, Chennai, Colombo, Damascus, Dhaka, Doha, Hyderabad, Islamabad, Karachi, Kochi, Kozhikode, Kuwait, Riyadh, ThiruvananthapuramMedium haul
Boeing 777-200ER600RR Trent 892290 (12/42/236)
346 (0/42/304)
Beirut, Delhi, Istanbul, London-Gatwick, London-Heathrow, Luanda, Male, Mumbai, Nairobi, Paris, ZurichMedium - Long haul
Boeing 777-200LR1000GE GE90-110B1266 (8/42/216)Amsterdam, Beirut, Houston, Los Angeles, Perth, São Paulo, SydneyUltra-long haul (and medium haul)
Boeing 777-3001200RR Trent 892364 (12/42/310)Amman, Bangkok, Cairo, Chennai, Colombo, Dammam, Delhi, Doha, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Hamburg, Kuala Lumpur, London-Heathrow, Male, Mauritius, Moscow, Mumbai, Munich, Paris, Rome, Singapore, TehranMedium - Long haul
Boeing 777-300ER53490GE GE90-115B354 (8/42/304)
358 (12/42/304)
364 (12/42/310)
427 (0/42/385)
442 (0/42/400)
Addis Ababa, Amsterdam, Athens, Auckland (via Melbourne), Bangalore, Bangkok, Beirut, Birmingham, Brisbane (via Singapore), Cairo, Cape Town, Christchurch (via Bangkok and Sydney), Chennai, Colombo, Dammam, Dhaka, Entebbe, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Guangzhou, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Hyderabad, Islamabad, Istanbul, Jakarta, Jeddah, Johannesburg, Karachi, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Lagos, Lahore, London-Gatwick, London-Heathrow, Manchester, Manila, Male, Mauritius, Melbourne (via Singapore), Milan, Moscow, Mumbai, New York, Osaka, Paris, Perth, Riyadh, San Francisco, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tehran, Tokyo-Narita, Vienna, ZurichLong haul


Emirates Airbus A330-200 (A6-EKS) landing at London Gatwick Airport

Boeing 777-300 at Singapore Changi Airport

Emirates aircraft parked at Dubai International Airport 

The airline has orders for 90 Airbus A380-800 aircraft and was the second airline to receive the aircraft, after Singapore Airlines, the launch customer. Emirates will be the largest operator of the type.

Speaking at the recent IATA 2009 annual general meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Tim Clark, Emirates's CEO, says that they would be operating around 163 aircraft by 2012, and that they have to consider the 58 aircraft to be retired within years, including the A330-200, A340-300 and 777-200/-300 Classics. In June 2010 it was announced that Emirates will begin phasing out 68 older widebodies – A330-200s, A340-300/500s and 777 “Classics from February 2011". Emirates plans to have over 320 aircraft by 2018, and some reports suggest that the airline will have more than 400 aircraft in its fleet by 2020.

Fleet developments

On 19 July 2010, at the Farnborough Air Show in the U.K., Emirates ordered 30 Boeing 777-300ER worth $9.1 billion.
Emirates also announced it had signed a contract for Engine Alliance GP7200 engines to power the 32 Airbus A380 aircraft it ordered in June at the Berlin Air Show. The deal with Engine Alliance, a joint venture between GE and Pratt & Whitney, was worth $4.8bn, while last month’s Airbus A380 order was worth $11.5bn. The total spending for new aircraft this year has reached $25bn .
On 8 June 2010, at the Berlin Air show, Emirates ordered an additional 32 A380s worth $11.5 billion. The deal was the biggest single order for the world’s largest passenger aircraft.
This latest order, added to the 58 A380s previously ordered, brings the total to 90. Emirates expects all 90 superjumbos to be delivered by 2017. None of the additional 32 jets are intended to replace existing A380s; although Emirates received its first A380 in 2008 it does not expect to retire these early airframes before 2020. Later in June 2010, Tim Clark, the president of Emirates, hinted at further orders for A380s.
On 28 July 2008 Emirates signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) for 60 airbus aircraft compromising of 30 Airbus A350s plus 30 A330-300s. The agreement was signed between Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive Emirates and Group and Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO on the occasion of their first A380-800 delivery in Hamburg, Germany. At the 10th Dubai Airshow in 2007, Emirates signed a firm order for 70 A350s with an option for 50 more. The agreement includes the firming up of 30 of the Airbus A350 options and will eventually increase Emirates’ total order for the A350s to 100.However in June 2010 the airline confirmed they have aborted a planned deal for 30 A330-300s and 30 more A350-1000s announced in July 2008 and are currently in talks with Boeing for smaller wide-body aircraft. 
On 11 November 2007, during the Dubai Airshow, Emirates 120 Airbus A350s, with the first delivery set for 2014. A firm $16.1bn order for 70 planes has been made with an option for 50 more aircraft, at an additional cost of $11.5bn, in due course; the airline will mainly use the A350s on its European, African and Asian routes. The agreement with Airbus comprises firm orders for 50 A350-900s and 20 A350-1000s, plus 50 options of unknown variant(can be A350-900/A350-1000 or both). On the same day Emirates has also upped its order for the Airbus A380-800 to 58 units, up from 49. Also, Emirates ordered 12 Boeing 777-300ERs. In total the deal was worth an estimated $34.9bn at list prices.
On 18 June 2007, during the Paris Air Show, Emirates ordered eight additional A380-800s, bringing its total ordered to 55.Emirates, which was deciding between the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350, also stated it would decide on an order worth as much as US$20 billion for mid-sized planes by October 2007, and that the design of the Airbus A350 was closing in on Boeing's 787 Dreamliner.
On 7 May 2007 Emirates reaffirmed its order for 43 A380-800s and has committed to another four which brought its order to 47.
On 31 October 2006, Emirates cancelled an order for 20 Airbus A340-600 aircraft, ending a delay in the delivery of the aircraft pending enhancements.
During the Farnborough Air Show in July 2006, Emirates signed a Heads of Agreement for 10 of Boeing 747-8F aircraft, to be powered by General Electric's GEnx jet engines, in a deal worth US$ 3.3 billion.
On 20 November 2005, Emirates announced firm orders for 42 Boeing 777 aircraft, to be powered by GE90 jet engines, in a deal worth Dhs 35.7 billion (USD9.7 billion) at list prices. This was the largest-ever order for the Boeing 777 family of aircraft and consists of: 24 Boeing 777-300ERs, 10 Boeing 777-200LR Worldliners and eight Boeing 777 Freighters, with the first aircraft scheduled for delivery in 2007. In addition, Emirates will have purchase rights for 20 more 777 aircraft.
On 16 November 2003, Emirates ordered 41 Airbus aircraft, comprising two A340-500s, 18 A340-600s and 21 A380-800s. In addition, Emirates will lease two A340-600s and two A380-800s from ILFC.
The airline made history at the Paris Air Show in June 2003 when it announced the biggest order ever in civil aviation. It was for 71 aircraft list-priced at a combined US$19 billion. The order included firm purchase orders for 21 more Airbus 380-800s and leasing orders for two A380-800s. Emirates also announced operating lease orders for 26 Boeing 777-300ERs – 14 from General Electric Capital Aviation Services and 12 from the International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) – powered by General Electric GE90-115B engines.
The airline has converted an order for A380-800F into the passenger version which are due for delivery in 2009. In its place the airline has ordered ten of the recently launched Boeing 747-8 freighters for its SkyCargo subsidiary. Emirates has chosen the Boeing 747-8 "derivative" freighter over the all-new Airbus A380-800F for its nose-loading capability, something the rival Airbus freighter is lacking.

Airbus A330/A340
Emirates first introduced the A330 into its fleet in 1999, the airline uses it on all short haul flights within the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Emirates has fitted the aircraft with both 2 class and 3 class configurations. All A330's use RR Trent 772B engines. 
The airline also uses the A330 on medium haul European flights and flights to King Shaka International Airport in Durban, South Africa. The airline expects to retire all their A330's at the beginning of February 2011.
The airline also has 18 A340 aircraft which include 8 Airbus A340-300 aircraft and 10 Airbus A340-500 aircraft. The A340-300 aircraft were bought from Singapore Airlines in 2003. All A340-300 aircraft are specified in 3 class configuration with 267 seats. All aircraft are also fitted with CFM 56 engines. 
The A340-500 aircraft were also introduced to the fleet in the last quarter of 2003 and are used on the ultra long haul routes. The aircraft are also designed in 3 class configuration with 258 and use RR Trent 553 engines.

Airbus A380
In July 2008, Emirates received its first Airbus A380-800 and in August 2008, it became the second airline to fly the Airbus A380-800, after Singapore Airlines. The airline currently uses the A380-800 daily between Dubai and London Heathrow. On the 1st February 2009, the A380-800 began its Dubai–Sydney–Auckland service 4 times weekly, moving to a daily service by the 1st of May 2009, Dubai–Melbourne–Auckland service will commence later in 2010. Emirates redeployed its two A380-800s flying the Dubai-New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport route. These are retired from the route (effective June 1) and are now deployed on its Dubai-Toronto route, and Dubai-Bangkok route. Emirates expects the Toronto route on the A380 to have a load factor of around 80%, and is also targeting a 70% load factor on A380 Bangkok flight.
A380-800 flights to Seoul and Singapore will commence November and December 2009, respectively. Emirates has also planned to use their A380-800 between Dubai and Rome's Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport beginning December 1, 2009.
Emirates has refused that it is delaying the delivery of the superjumbo. In fact, they are receiving them at a more rapid rate than the other A380 operators are receiving them. On 28th May 2010, the airline received their 9th A380 and they are on track to have 15 by December 2010.  The president of Emirates says that he expects to order even more A380s beyond the current orders for 90.

Boeing 777
Emirates has a large fleet of 777s, and plans to start phasing out older "classic" 777s in February 2011. As of July 2010, Emirates has 83 Boeing 777 aircraft, which include It has been reported that Emirates was in discussions with Boeing about a future aircraft which might replace the 777 in the longer term.


The airline has plans to increase the number of flights across its network by 14 per cent in 2009. In 2010, Emirates will add 23 new passenger aircraft to its fleet, increasing seating capacity by 18 per cent and enabling it to start new routes as well as increase frequencies on existing routes. It will also expand cargo capacity by 17 per cent. Emirates, which has a total of 90 Airbus A380s on order as of 2010, said that they will have 15 more A380s in their fleet by 2011,. The carrier had said recently it has no plans to delay or defer aircraft deliveries over 2009, despite a tough credit environment.
Emirates will have 122 Boeing 777s in its fleet by 2012 making it the single largest aircraft type in fleet, and will also operate 90 Airbus A380-800s by 2017. Emirates will have about 165 aircraft in its fleet by 2012, and will have more than 300 aircraft in its fleet by 2020.

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