Emirates Will Add 37 Planes to its Fleet, Including 21 A380s
Emirates is continuing its expansion to new destinations and is in the process of adding new aircraft. The carrier recently announced that it will replace its Boeing 777-300ER planes with its flagship A380 on the Dubai (DXB) to Washington, D.C. (IAD) route starting February 1. The airline also says it will be adding a second daily service from Dubai to LAX on July 1 with its A380. Now, the carrier plans to add 37 new planes to its fleet beginning in April.
Emirates' latest order includes 21 new A380s, as well as 16 Boeing 777s — worth a total of $14.5 billion at list prices — and is expected to be delivered by March 2017.
Emirates is also expected to retire 26 airplanes from its current fleet, including some A330s and A340s. It's considering an order for new A350s, as well as 787s to continue its fleet expansion in the coming years. The airline currently serves about 150 destinations in 80 countries, and as of January 17 Emirates had 247 aircraft in operations with 257 on order, including 72 A380s. In February, the airline will launch one of the longest commercial flights in the world (17 hours and 35 minutes!) between Dubai and Panama City on its Boeing 777-200LR.
The award-winning airline is known for its luxury offerings for first- and business-class passengers, such as complimentary chauffeur service to and from the airport, lounge access, flat-bed seats and an onboard lounge where you can grab a drink and network with fellow passengers. There are additional benefits for first class passengers, including private suites with showers — just one of the reasons why Jennifer Anniston is so keen about the carrier. Ultimately, this is a move by Emirates to upgrade its continuously growing fleet and expand its route network — including flights to Asian destinations like Cebu in the Philippines and two cities in China starting this year.