UNITED Arab Emirates national carrier Emirates Airlines – which flies into Harare daily – will expand its fleet by five aircrafts this month.
The airline yesterday announced that it expected to take delivery of three new A380s and two new Boeing 777s.
As a result of growing business between Harare and Dubai, Emirates recently introduced a cargo service on the route.
In a statement, Emirates said the new additions to the fleet would mark the arrival of Emirates 118th and 119th Boeing aircraft and its 28th to 30th A380s.
“As the largest operator of both the A380 and Boeing 777 in the world, Emirates new additions will support its growing route network.
Ever growing, the list of cities Emirates’ serves expands with two new destinations in December – Lyon, France and Phuket, Thailand. In addition, service to Warsaw, Poland, and Algiers, Algeria, begin in the first quarter of 2013,” reads part of the statement.
Emirates executive vice-president of engineering and operations Adel Al Redha said adding a single new aircraft into the fleet, for any airline, required careful planning and good logistical support.
“However, adding five new aircraft over the course of one month is a true achievement. Notwithstanding the precise planning that takes place in inducting these aircraft into the network, none of this would be possible without our professional team of flight crew, cabin crew, engineering, airport and ground operations personnel,” said Al Redha.
“I commend our teams for their commitment and professionalism in providing a seamless transition in taking delivery and the induction of these aircraft into our service; as well as their dedication in ensuring our passengers experience the latest innovation in cabin furnishing and our award-winning service every day, on every flight across our 128 destinations on six continents.”
Emirates A380 remains popular among passengers gaining accolades for its unique features. Specifically deployed on high density routes where extra capacity is needed, Emirates A380s reduce congestion at airports and lead the industry for quiet, environmentally-friendly operations.
Emirates has the world’s largest fleet of A380s which currently serve Amsterdam, Auckland, Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Jeddah, Kuala Lumpur, London Heathrow, Manchester, Melbourne, Moscow, Munich, New York JFK, Paris, Rome, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and Toronto. In early 2013, Emirates will expand operations in Dubai at the world’s first fully A380-compatible facility at Dubai International Airport.