Emirates Consolidates Fleet

Emirates has phased out its final Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft, consolidating its fleet on the Boeing 777 and A380.

A330-243 A6-EAK (c/n 452 ) was the last of the airline’s 29 examples to be withdrawn from service, leaving the fleet on October 29.  The jet had logged 60,000 hours since joining the Dubai-based carrier in 2002.

The final A340 to be retired was A6-ERN (c/n 166), which had joined the airline in 2004 and was also withdrawn on October 29.

Emirates has phased out 18 A330s and five A340s since January 2015, and plans to remove a further 25 aircraft from its fleet over the course of 2017 and 2018 as part of its ongoing renewal programme.  This has seen the UAE carrier take delivery of 36 new airframes this year alone, consisting of 20 A380s and 16 777s.  From November, the airline will be receiving what it dubs “next generation” 777-300ERs, featuring upgraded Business Class seats.

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