Dubai - Emirates celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Airbus A380 last weekend. The airline took the delivery of its first superjumbo on July 28, 2008, as the second operator after Singapore Airlines in the world.
Emirates is by far the largest customer of the Airbus A380 worldwide. Nearly half of all A380s in service fly with the Gulf carrier. The 100th aircraft was received in November 2017.
Emirates flies its superjumbos with two different cabin configuration. One with First, Business and Economy Class and one with only Business and Economy.
Emirates currently operates 104 A380. The company has 54 Airbus in its order book to be delivered.
Despite Airbus' emphasis that larger aircraft were the best way to overcome high oil prices and environmental concerns, the A380's order book has always suffered from the lack of demand.
Airbus was considering to stop the production of the iconic superjumbo if Emirates did not show up with a new order for 36 more A380 at the beginning of the year.
Before Emirates, The last order was made in January 2016 by Japan's All Nippon Airways for three devices, and that was the first after nearly three years.