Emirates fleet modernisation expands bellyhold capacity

Emirates' will retire 26 aircraft next year and take delivery of 36 new aircraft adding to its potential cargo carrying capacity.
20 new A380s are among the 36 airliners being added to the fleet in 2016.
20 new A380s are among the 36 airliners being added to the fleet in 2016.

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Emirates' will retire 26 aircraft next year and take delivery of 36 new aircraft to modernise its fleet, resulting in an increase in its potential cargo carrying capacity.

The Dubai-based global carrier will retire 12 A330-300s, four A340-300s, one A340-500, six Boeing 777-200ERs, two Boeing 777-300s and one Boeing 777-300ER, resulting in a loss of 4,574 m3 of cargo carrying capacity.

In addition, 13 more aircraft will be retired in 2017 and another 13 will be retired in 2018.

However, Emirates is due to take delivery of 36 new aircraft; 20 A380s and 16 Boeing 777-300ERs in 2016, representing 6,906 m3 of potential cargo carrying capacity.

The airline will therefore be adding 2,332 m3 to its cargo capacity in 2016.

Emirates said in a statement that its new airliners are recognised as some of the most efficient and quiet commercial airplanes available, emitting on average 12% less carbon dioxide than the aircraft they are replacing.

“At the end of 2016, the aircraft retirements and new deliveries will put Emirates’ average fleet age at 5.6 years, dramatically younger than the global average,” says Emirates.

“A recent analysis shows the average fleet age for the top five airlines in North America is 13.6 years, while the average fleet age for the top five airlines in Europe is 10.7 years,” a spokesperson added.

Emirates has a fleet of 244 aircraft. It received 26 new planes, including 15 A380s, 10 Boeing 777-300ERs and one Boeing 777 Freighter in 2015.

The airline has 262 additional aircraft on order, worth over US $120-billion at list prices. These include 71 Airbus A380s, 42 Boeing 777-300ERs, 115 Boeing 777-9Xs and 35 Boeing 777-8Xs.

Emirates SkyCargo has now received all the freighters it had on order. However, the airline told Air Cargo News it was currently considering a new round of freighter orders.

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