DUBAI, UAE, 8 December 2020: Emirates has welcomed A6-EVL,
its 116th A380 as the first of three A380s to join its fleet in 2020. The
aircraft arrived in Dubai in the early hours of Saturday morning, powered by a
blend of conventional jet fuel and sustainable aviation fuel.
Emirates is scheduled to receive two more A380 aircraft
later this month, one of which will feature its long-awaited signature Premium
Since its entry into the Emirates fleet 12 years ago, the
A380 has been the airline’s flagship and a customer favourite, captivating the
imagination of travellers by providing an unmatched travel experience with
signature elements such as A380 Onboard Lounge and Shower Spa.
Emirates has recently reinstated its iconic products for
customers to enjoy, balancing an elevated experience during the pandemic with
measures that prioritise the health and wellbeing of passengers.
Emirates Airline president Tim Clark said: “We look
forward to introducing our Premium Economy experience, which will make its
debut on an A380 in the coming months, and we will continue to invest in our
world-class A380 product experience. The A380 will remain our flagship for the
next decade, and we will re-deploy it on more routes as travel demand
The A380 currently flies to Cairo, Amman, Paris, London,
Guangzhou, Manchester and Moscow and recently services have been ramped up to
four daily A380s on London Heathrow and daily flights to Moscow. The
double-decker is also demonstrating its versatility by being utilised as a
‘mini-freighter’ on select cargo charter operations to transport urgently
required cargo across the Emirates network.
The delivery flight for the newest member of the Emirates
fleet was powered by a blend of jet fuel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
This is the first time the airline is using sustainable aviation fuel to power
an A380. The biofuel used for the flight was produced from used cooking oil in
Sir Tim commented on the airline’s commitment to reducing
its environmental impact: “Sustainability remains very much on our agenda
at Emirates. We are watching developments in sustainable aviation fuel very
closely, and we look forward to a time when it can be produced at scale, and in
a cost-competitive manner. Our latest A380 delivery flight was partially
powered by sustainable aviation fuel, and this is a positive step towards
reducing our overall emissions.”
Emirates continues to support initiatives that contribute to
the development of the SAF industry and wider deployment of biofuels. The
airline is part of the Steering Committee of the Clean Skies for Tomorrow
coalition, established by the World Economic Forum to promote the development
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