A380 EmiratesEmirates orders more A380s
Dubai based Emirates Airlines has reaffirmed its order for 43 Airbus A380 aircraft and additionally signed a contract for a further four. Emirates will begin receiving its first A380 aircraft in the third quarter of 2008.
Emirates was a launch customers for the A380 and already had the largest number of aircraft on order which has now been increased to 47.
"We have repeatedly said we are committed to the A380 and, having now fully settled all past issues, this latest agreement should leave no one in any doubt about our faith in Airbus, the company and the quality of the aircraft we are committing to," said Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman, Emirates Group. "The Airbus A380 will be instrumental in helping Emirates meet its growing passenger demand and will do it using one of the most efficient and greenest aircraft ever produced."
Meanwhile, with the distinctive blue and gold logo and the name "Singapore Airlines" across 33 metres of the aircraft fuselage, the world's first customer A380 aircraft rolled out of the paint hangar in Hamburg, Germany, on 2nd May 2007. With extraordinary precision, the entire surface area of the aircraft fuselage was "polished" by hand by some 100 painters working four shifts. The whole paint process took 21 days to complete.
Over 2,200 litres of chromate-free paint was used for painting the aircraft that has a surface area of 3100 m². The wafer-thin paint coat measures just 0.12mm and is able to withstand differences in temperatures from 60 to over 40 degrees Celsius. Singapore Airlines is the launch customer for the A380 aircraft and is scheduled to take delivery of this aircraft in October 2007. The Airline has 19 A380s on firm order.