Emirates to retire ten planes this year
Emirates Airline has announced it will retire 10 aircraft this year as it pursues an aggressive fleet renewal programme, with an average age of less than 75 months.
The Dubai-based airline said in a statement that it is taking delivery of 24 new aircraft in 2014/15 and 26 new aircraft planned to enter service this year.
Emirates currently operates 234 all wide-body aircraft, across six aircraft types. It is also the world’s largest operator of the Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft.
"Our modern and efficient aircraft not only help reduce environmental impact, but also enable Emirates to offer the latest facilities and provide our customers with a better onboard experience as well as the capacity we need to grow our operation.
"Our investment in modern wide-bodied aircraft has always been the cornerstone of our strategy and success,” said Adel Al Redha, executive vice president and chief operations officer, Emirates.
Seven aircraft were phased out in 2014 and another 10 are planned for retirement this year, Emirates said.
Emirates recently phased out A6-EMF, the last remaining Boeing 777-200 from its fleet. The aircraft departed from Dubai International to Arizona via Boston for de-registration earlier this month.
Since joining the Emirates fleet in 1996, A6-EMF flew an estimated 60 million kilometres - enough to fly to the moon and back nearly 80 times - and transported hundreds of thousands of passengers to destinations as far and wide as Warsaw and Ho Chi Minh City.
Depending on the aircraft agreement, Emirates either returns the aircraft to the lessor at the end of the lease term, or presents the aircraft to the market for sale.