Emirates orders Airbus A330neo, A350, cancels A380

Computer rendering of an Emirates Airbus A330-900neo. Photo: © Airbus

Emirates has placed orders for Airbus A330-900neo and A350-900, while cancelling 39 of its remaining A380 orders.

The Dubai-based carrier has today announced that it has signed orders for 40 A330-900neo, with deliveries starting in 2021, as well as 30 A350-900, due to be delivered from 2024 onward. Emirates will mostly use the Airbus A330neos on regional and lower-demand routes, while the A350 will be deployed on the airline’s long-haul operations. Both aircraft types are similar in size and capacity.

The 40 A330neos and 30 A350s that we are ordering today will complement Emirates’ fleet mix, support our network growth, and give us more flexibility to better serve seasonal or opportunistic demand. Both the A330neos and A350s will play an important role in our future fleet and network plans.Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and CEO of Emirates

The 70 agreed aircraft are worth US $21.4 billion in list prices.

At the same time, Emirates has cancelled 39 of its 53 Airbus A380 orders. It will receive 14 remaining A380s until the end of 2021, when the aircraft programme is scheduled to end. The airline will operate a total of 123 Airbus A380 when the last one gets delivered. Earlier this year, it was reported that Emirates is considering to convert its A380 orders to either A330neo or A350.

Emirates has been a staunch supporter of the A380 since its very inception. While we are disappointed to have to give up our order, and sad that the programme could not be sustained, we accept that this is the reality of the situation.Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and CEO of Emirates

He adds that the A380 will remain an important part of Emirates’ fleet “well into the 2030s” and says that the carrier will continue to invest in the onboard product and services of the aircraft type.

Emirates currently operates an all-widebody fleet of more than 160 Boeing 777 (including 139 777-300ER) and 109 Airbus A380. It is the world’s largest customer of both aircraft types. In 2017, Emirates signed an order for 40 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner. It is currently unclear whether the airplanes will ever be delivered to the airline. Emirates also has orders for 35 Boeing 777-8 and 115 777-9, with options for 50 more.