Emirates to deploy more A380s as travel demand rebounds

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Emirates plans to deploy additional Airbus A380 aircraft to its network, as it sees continued rise in air travel demand as well as easing of travel restrictions worldwide.

Beginning October and November 2021, Emirates will deploy 11 Airbus A380 aircraft to its network. With 11 Airbus A380 aircraft deployed on long-haul destinations, the airline will be able to offer around 165,000 additional A380 seats to customers.

By the end of November 2021, the number of destinations that the Super Jumbo is going to operate will be 27, “representing a more than 65% increase from its current 16”, according to the statement. 

“Plans to restore 70% of its capacity by the end of the year are on track with the return to service of more than 50 A380 aircraft,” read the airline’s statement published on September 27, 2021.  

Over the next six weeks, Emirates will “reinstate its signature A380 services to popular leisure and business destinations” such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Johannesburg, Madrid, Milan, Sao Paulo and Zurich.

The largest Airbus A380 operator, Emirates’ fleet of Airbus A380 aircraft will reach 118 by the end of 2021. Currently, more than half of the airline’s A380s are parked due to the debilitating impact on international air travel demand.


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