Dubai-based Emirates has one of the most iconic fleets in the world. While most large carriers out there have a mix of widebody and narrowbody aircraft as well as various regional jets and turboprops, the fleet composition of Emirates is one of the simplest. Let’s take a look at the Emirates fleet in 2020 and how things might change in the near future.
If anyone in the industry were to play a word-association game with airlines and aircraft, the A380 would be most often associated with Emirates. The airline is the largest operator in the world of the superjumbo double-decker.
Emirates is widely considered responsible for keeping the less-than-popular program alive, and its decision to cancel orders in 2019 while showing little interest in updated variants led to Airbus shutting down A380 production. In fact, the final aircraft has been assembled and is undergoing interior fitting, painting, and a (deferred) delivery.
As for the A380s Emirates does have in its possession, the count, according to Planespotters.net, is 115 at the time of writing this article. Eight more superjumbos have yet to be delivered. Of the 115 A380s, nine are listed as ‘in-service’ while the remaining 106 are listed as ‘parked.’ The average age of these A380s is 6.6 years old.
The carrier’s A380s are further divided into three different configurations:
It’s funny to think that the widebody twinjet 777 is the smallest passenger aircraft in Emirates’ regularly scheduled operations – but it’s how the airline has set up its mega-hub business model. Just like the A380, Emirates is the largest operator of the Boeing 777.