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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 December 2018

Emirates to roll out 'full family' of aircraft at Dubai Airshow

In its largest ever static aircraft display, the carrier will also unveil its new first-class cabin for the Boeing 777-300ER

The Dubai Airshow begins on Sunday. Photo: Emirates Airways
The Dubai Airshow begins on Sunday. Photo: Emirates Airways

Emirates Airways said it will showcase its largest static aircraft display to date at this week's Dubai Airshow.

The carrier said its “full family of aircraft” will be available to view for visitors to the five-day event, which kicks off on Sunday, with highlights including the airline’s new Boeing 777-300ER first class suite, which has undergone a complete redesign.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates Airline & Group, said: “The Dubai Airshow is a key event in the aviation industry calendar and it is fitting that the full family of Emirates aircraft will be on display this year to highlight the breadth of onboard product enhancements and innovations across our fleet."

The display will include the airline’s 100th A380, received by the carrier last week - a milestone marked by a special ceremony at the plane manufacturer's delivery centre in Hamburg, Germany, attended by Sheikh Ahmed. The Dubai carrier has the most A380 aircraft in the world with another 42 on order.

Also on show at Sunday' expo will be the airline's latest Boeing 777-300ER with its new cabin interiors, including the first-class suite and reworked economy and business cabins, as well as its B777-300ER and A380 aircraft, both emblazoned with the “Year of Zayed” livery in tribute to the UAE’s late founding father.

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Other planes to feature will include the Emirates Executive A319 aircraft, the Cirrus SR22 and the Embraer Phenom 100 jets, set for use by the Emirates Flight Training Academy.

Visitors to the first day of the event on Sunday will see an Emirates fly past featuring the Boeing 777-300ER, an Airbus A380 alongside the UAE’s air-display team, Al Fursan. Both Emirates aircraft will fly at different altitudes followed by the Al Fursan jets in a symmetric formation.

The Emirates Flight Training Academy, a new facility to train pilots, will be officially inaugurated on the second day of the air expo. Located near Dubai World Central in Dubai South, the multimillion dollar academy is being launched by Emirates in response to the global aviation industry’s call for skilled commercial pilots. Earlier this week, the academy received its first entry-level jet in Dubai, the Embraer Phenom 100EV aircraft, registered A6-DWC - one of five that will make up its training fleet.

Sheikh Ahmed said: "We are particularly pleased to showcase our state-of-the-art training aircraft for the Emirates Flight Training Academy. These investments will help set new benchmarks in pilot training, and reinforce Dubai’s position as a global aviation hub.”

Meanwhile, airshow visitors to the indoor Emirates exhibition will have access to divisions such as Emirates Engineering, Emirates SkyCargo, Emirates Aviation University and Emirates Official Store, which will be selling limited editor aircraft models.