Emirates First Retrofitted A380 Returns

It’s been a busy few days for Dubai-based Emirates. First, the airline has announced that its first completely refurbished Airbus A380 has re-entered service. Emirates deployed the A380 on flight EK003 from Dubai to London Heathrow.

The retrofit is part of a USD 2 billion program to re-invent and improves passenger experience on the series.

This aircraft is a flagship for Emirates. It’s a series the airline has featured in global and viral advertisements. 120 Emirates aircraft will undergo this process, with A6-EVM being the first on the long list. 

Customers would notice the difference the moment they step on board.the spacious A380 will look and feel even more impressive and comfortable. With our latest interiors and products, this newly refurbished aircraft elevates our inflight experience in all classes of travel. it enables us to offer more Premium Economy seats to meet customer demand.

Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline

By the end of January 2023, Emirates will have completed work on their secondary Airbus A380 and A6-EUW. However, as the airline has so many Airbus A380s, it needs engineers working on two aircraft simultaneously.

Emirates says one A380 will be withdrawn from service every eight days and transferred to the engineering bay.

Only 67 of the Airbus A380s will undergo refurbishment, and work will be completed by 2024. This is before the first of 53 Boeing 777s enter the engineering facility and undergo a retrofit.

Emirates will eventually retrofit the Boeing 777s as well.

As per Cirium data, the airline has 35 aircraft in storage, representing 7% of its fleet, and 233 in service, representing 50%.

The other 43 come from the 200 aircraft they await to enter into service. Currently, the airline operates only two aircraft types, the Boeing 777 and the Airbus A380.

Although, one day, that will change with the 777x, 787 and A350 all entering into service to diversify the operations. 

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  1. […] Emirates’ commitment to the A380 as its flagship is enormous. The carrier is unrivalled in terms of units operating, with over 80 A380s currently in service for the airline. For the next couple of years, the airline will refurbish a significant portion of its A380s to enhance customer experience. This is part of a USD 2 billion program that saw the first A380 re-enter service at the beginning of this year. […]


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