Emirates takes delivery of 80th super-jumbo airliner

U.A.E.-based Emirates, the airline that operates the largest number of Airbus A380 super-jumbo jets, took delivery of its 80th A380 on June 21, further entrenching its position as the largest operator of the double-decker airliner in the world.

Emirates Airbus A380 on the ramp at Los Angeles International (LAX)
Emirates A380 on the ramp at LAX
More than 190 A380s have now been delivered to airlines worldwide, according to data obtained from aircraft manufacturer Airbus.

Emirates operates 80 of the planes, the largest passenger aircraft in operation today. It is followed by Singapore Airlines with 19 of the jets, Lufthansa with 14, Qantas with 12 and British Airways with 11.

The carrier has 62 more of the aircraft on order and expects to take delivery of 21 of those plane by the end of the year. An entire terminal at the airline’s home airport of Dubai International (DXB), Concourse A, is dedicated exclusively to the mammoth aircraft.

The new aircraft will be used on a new route that will start on July 1 when Emirates will launch daily A380 service from DXB to Vienna International Airport in Austria (VIE). Also on July 1, the airline will add a second daily A380 flight from Los Angeles International (LAX) to DXB.

In conjunction with the delivery of its newest aircraft, Emirates released what it says is the world’s first 360-degree video of the A380 flight deck. Captain Thomas Ziarno from New Zealand and First Officer Abdulrahman Mohammed Al Busaeedi from the U.A.E., two of the airlines cadre of over 1,400 A380 pilots, provide the tour of the cockpit.

Earlier this spring, I had the opportunity to rise an Emirates A380 between LAX and DXB, and the article detailing my experience is available here.

Premium-class passengers on all Emirates aircraft enjoy a wide range of perks including chauffeur-drive service to their departure airport and from the airport at their destination. First and business-class passengers have access to exclusive premium lounges at many of the airports the carrier serves, including a combined Premium Class lounge at LAX and individual First and Business Class lounges located in each concourse at DXB.

Emirates has consistently been awarded accolades in the annual SKYTRAX World Airline Awards. In 2015, the carrier was given the honor of have the best First Class seats in the industry, was named the No. 5 best airline in the world and had its First and Business Class lounges at DXB listed in the top 10 lounges worldwide. The 2016 World Airline Awards will be announced Tuesday, July 12, at the Farnborough Air Show in the United Kingdom.

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