Emirates has ordered two Airbus 380s, which will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2017, the Dubai-based airline said in a statement on Wednesday.
The airline already operates 75 of the superjumbos, while the addition of these two aircraft -- which will have Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines -- takes its order book for A380s to 67, according to the statement.
The order would be worth around $865 million, according to Reuters based on the list price on Airbus’ website.
According to Airbus, the A380’s unique size allows airlines to maximize their revenue potential through an optimized, segmented cabin - boosting their contribution to profit by up to 65% per flight.
The jetliner’s standard four-class cabin arrangement includes more high-yield seats with a premium economy section, additional seats in business class and an even more luxurious first-class layout. Airlines can gain a revenue boost approximately equivalent to a 50 per cent saving in fuel burn through applying this market-matched cabin segmentation and the latest cabin innovations.
The A380 cabin is the quietest and most spacious in the sky. A380 service offerings range from a comfortable 11-abreast economy section with 18-inch-wide seats, up to a private three-room suite for a luxurious first-class experience.
The double-deck A380 is the world’s largest commercial aircraft flying today, with capacity to carry 544 passengers in a comfortable four-class configuration, and up to 853 in a single-class configuration that provides wider seats than its competitor. With superior range of 15,200 km (8,200nm), the A380 is the ideal solution to alleviate traffic congestion at crowded airports and maximize profitability on the busiest routes in the world.
The A380 has two full-length passenger levels with true widebody dimensions: a main deck and an upper deck, which are conveniently linked by fixed stairs forward and aft. Overall, its two decks offer an entire deck of floor surface more than the largest twin-engine aircraft, allowing airlines to optimize their cabin offering.