Emirates to retire over 50 aircraft by 2018

Emirates Airbus A380

Emirates Airline is to retire 26 aircraft in 2016 to be replaced with 20 new Airbus A380s and 16 Boeing 777-300 Extended Ranges (ER).

The airline will be replacing 12 Airbus A330-300s, four Airbus A340-300s, one A340-500, six Boeing 777-200ERs, two Boeing 777-300s and one Boeing 777-300ER. Emirates says the new A380s and 777-300ERs will emit 12 per cent less carbon dioxide than the retiring aircraft. The airline will be retiring 13 aircraft in 2017 and another 13 will leave the fleet in 2018.

Emirates Airline president, Sir Tim Clark says: “With the retirement of older aircraft and the introduction of new, more fuel efficient aircraft in 2016, Emirates will continue to lead the industry in reducing the age of our fleet, while at the same time defining new levels of service that our customers have come to expect.”

The A380 has a cargo capacity of eight tonnes while the 777-300ER can carry 23 tonnes, in addition to a full passenger load.

In 2015, Emirates took delivery of 15 A380s, 10 777-300ERs and one Boeing 777 Freighter. It has 262 aircraft on order, worth over $120 billion, including 71 A380s, 42 777-300ERs, 115 Boeing 777-9Xs and 35 Boeing 777-8Xs.