Record-breaking five new aircraft join Emirates fleet

The current Emirates fleet will expand by five aircraft this month as the carrier adds three new A380s and two new Boeing 777s. Maintaining its edge as one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, one A380 and one Boeing 777 joined the network in the first weekend of December and the remaining three will join throughout the month. The new additions mark the arrival of Emirates 118th and 119th Boeing aircraft and its 28th to 31st A380s. Ever growing, the list of cities Emirates’ serves expands with two new destinations this month as well – Lyon, France and Phuket, Thailand. In addition, service to Warsaw, Poland, and Algiers, Algeria, begin in the first quarter of 2013. “Adding a single new aircraft into the fleet, for any airline, requires careful planning and good logistical support,”said Adel Al Redha, Emirates executive vice-president of Engineering and Operations. “However, adding five new aircraft over the course of one month is a true achievement. Notwithstanding the precise planning that takes place in inducting these aircraft into the network, none of this would be possible without our professional team of flight crew, cabin crew, engineering, airport and ground operations personnel.”In early 2013, Emirates will expand operations in Dubai at the world’s first fully A380-compatible facility at Dubai International Airport. (