Emirates says goodbye to its last Airbus A330

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Emirates has retired the last of its Airbus A330s and A340s from its fleet, and now operates just Boeing 777s and Airbus A380s passenger aircraft with bellyhold capacity.

Since January 2015, it has retired 18 A330s and five A340s, phased out at the average age of 16.5 years, below the industry average of 25 years. Emirates plans to phase out a further 25 aircraft over the course of 2017 and 2018.

Emirates will have taken delivery of 36 new aircraft in 2016 – 20 A380s and 16 777s, including next generation 777-300ERs. The 85th and latest A380 was delivered in October 2016 and the 125th 777-300ER is less than two weeks old.

The Dubai based carrier has 85 A380s and 160 777s in its fleet, and out of the 234 aircraft it has on order, 150 will be Boeing 777Xs, due to be delivered from 2020.