Oct 16, 2006
Emirates says it remains committed to A380. Emirates President Tim Clark denied rumors that the airline may cancel some of its A380 orders. Emirates now gets it first A380 in August 2008, when it should have been receiving its 18th. Clark said the airline is looking at additional capacity options focused around the 777-300ER. It is delighted with that aircraft, which is 3% better than guarantee on its specific fuel consumption and has shown no signs of performance degradation after six months, which is "outstanding," he said. Oct 13, 2006
Emirates also is looking at the 747-8 Intercontinental, not as an A380 replacement but to fit between the 777-300ER and A380, Clark noted. And he suggested that EK is about six months away from ordering either the 787 or A350 XWB. Oct 13, 2006
Emirates commits to 747-8 freighter, maintains interest in Intercontinental. Emirates confirmed Sunday that it is the customer for 10 of the 747-8Fs listed by Boeing last week as unidentified. Emirates said "Our order for the 747-8Fs will be essential in helping us service our rapidly growing network of 28 freighter destinations," Al-Maktoum said. But what is drawing attention is what is being said behind the scenes, as EK now is seen as the likely launch airline for the 747-8 Intercontinental. It was examining the passenger version back in May and one executive said that it was very interested in the aircraft for Dubai-US West Coast operations. Emirates took purchase rights on a further 10. The contract signed in Dubai by Chairman and CEO Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum cemented the order...