Emirates is set to receive its milestone 100th A380 aircraft on 3rd November. Over 80 million passengers have flown on the superjumbo in the nine years since it first joined Emirates’ fleet; today, Emirates flies the A380 to over 45 destinations.
Sir Tim Clark, president Emirates Airline said: “The A380 has been, and continues to be, hugely popular amongst our customers, many of whom deliberately plan their travel so that they can fly on it. But we don’t rest on our laurels and continually invest to enhance our product so as to continue offering our customers the best possible inflight experience.
“Our frequent flyers will have noticed countless improvements onboard over the years, ranging from minor updates such as the addition of in-seat USB and HDMI ports, to bigger cabin overhauls where for instance we relocated the central overhead luggage bins to create more spacious cabin on the upper deck, and when we introduced bigger and better inflight entertainment systems, amongst many other initiatives.”
On the ground, Emirates has worked with stakeholders to launch and operate an A380-dedicated airport concourse with 20 gates offering direct boarding from the airport lounge, and an engineering centre with six heavy maintenance hangars, paint shops, and the capability to completely overhaul an A380.
Emirates introduced the A380 Onboard Lounge, which received a makeover last July. The latest version, inspired by private yacht cabins, features a social area for up to 26 guests and a 55-inch LCD screen with surround sound speakers. The First Class Shower spa, catering for the 14 passengers in mirates’ First Class private suites, has a heated floor, shower timer, a hairdryer, sustainable VOYA spa products and moisturizing pyjamas.