Emirates increases A380 fleet to 44

Emirates increases A380 fleet to 44

SINGAPORE - Emirates has received a double delivery of its 43rd and 44th A380 aircraft from Airbus' Finkenwerder facility in Hamburg, Germany, making one in three A380s in the sky an Emirates aircraft.

The 43rd and 44th Emirates A380s offer 14 seats in First Class, 76 seats in Business Class and 427 seats in Economy Class, and will be set for service from Dec 21 onwards. The airline will initially operate on flights to Mauritius and Munich.

Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airline, said customers love the A380 for its features such as the spacious layout on the main deck, quieter cabins and shower spas in the premium cabins. It is also one of the most fuel efficient aircraft per seat.

Clark also added: "Continuous improvements are being made to the A380, by the manufacturer as well as by Emirates in terms of our on-board product."

The latest A380s have been fitted with even larger high definition LCD television screens to enhance the inflight entertainment experience, and new touch-screen tablets were also introduced to allow passengers to control seat functions and movie selections with a swipe.

In 2013, Emirates received 13 A380 planes and expects to receive another 13 in 2014.

wjeanne@sph.com.sg

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