Emirates takes delivery of Airbus' 6,000th aircraft
Airbus celebrated the hand-over of its 6,000th aircraft. The A380 was handed over to Emirates Airline in a ceremony in Hamburg.
"Today's delivery is our 25th A380 so far, and more importantly, the 6,000th Airbus produced in our 40 year history. It is particularly significant that it is both an A380 and for Emirates, as they were involved in its development from early on. We are proud to have the words' Airbus 6,000th Aircraft' inscribed alongside the Emirates livery," said Tom Enders, Airbus CEO.
With a total order for 58 aircraft, Emirates is the single largest customer for the A380. Established in 1985, Emirates became an Airbus operator from the outset. Today, Emirates' Airbus fleet has grown to 55 aircraft with a further 121 on order.
Airbus delivered its first customer aircraft in May 1974 - an A300B2; the 1,000th aircraft was delivered in March 1993 - an A340-300; the 2,000th was delivered in May 1999 - an A340-300; the 3,000th was delivered in July 2002 - an A320; the 4,000th was delivered in September 2005 - an A330-300; the 5,000th was delivered in December 2007 - an A330-200.