Press release (extracts)

A380 the future is ready for boarding

Lao la waves for his Highness Sheik Ahmed Bin Said Al Maktoum

Emirates Airline has taken delivery of its first Airbus A380 aircraft in an historic delivery ceremony with over 500 guests in Hamburg, Germany. The first customer A380 powered by Engine Alliance engines, was presented to Chairman and Chief Executive Emirates Airline and Group, Sheik Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum and to Emirates President, Tim Clark by Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO and John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers.

Sheikh Ahmad Bin Said Al Maktoum & Airbus CEO Tom EndersAlso present was James Moravecek, Engine Alliance President and Bruce Hughes, former Engine Alliance President.

Emirates - Delivery of the first Airbus A380Shaikh Ahmad Bin Al Maktoum genießt das Bad in der MengeEmirates was quick to recognize the potential of Airbus’ all new A380 design, with its large double-deck capacity and excellent operating economics. "It will be one of the pillars of Emirates’ future," said Sheik Ahmed. "With its very low fuel burn and quietness, the A380 also sets new standards in environmental performance. It will definitely help air transportation and Emirates grow, while reducing the impact on the environment," he added.

At the ceremony, Emirates unveiled its exclusive, spacious and luxurious cabin, featuring 489 seats (14 first class suites, 76 business and 399 economy). For added passenger relaxation, innovative ceiling mood lighting throughout creates a calming starry night sky effect.

"Fulfilling the A380 dream has required vision, innovation, a lot of courage and determination. Emirates shared in this vision early on and today the result is the world’s most modern, innovative and eco-efficient aircraft ever built. The A380 is changing the way people travel. Airbus is proud of all the engineers, staff and customers such as Emirates who have made the A380 a magnificent reality," said Tom Enders.

Picture (1): Sheikh Ahmed Bin Said Al Maktoum (r.) and Airbus CEO Tom Enders signed new contract of 30 A330-300s and 30 A350 XWBs.

Source: UAE magazines & newspapers

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