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End of an Era: Emirates Takes Delivery of Final Airbus A380

Emirates yesterday took delivery of its 123rd and final Airbus A380 aircraft. The aircraft, registered as A6-EVS, is also the last ever Airbus A380 aircraft to be built by Airbus.

Watch a video of Emirates' 123rd Airbus A380 as it readies for departure to its home in Dubai.

Emirates was the first airline to announce an order for the A380 at the 2000 Farnborough Air Show when the aircraft was still marketed as the A3XX. This was followed with a firm commitment and additional order for 15 more units at the 2001 Dubai Air Show.

Since it first took to the sky, the A380 has continued to capture imaginations, generate excitement wherever it operates, and attract traveller preference for its quiet, spacious and comfortable interiors.

The last A380 features Emirates latest signature onboard products, including First Class Private Suites, Shower Spas, Onboard Bar, new Premium Economy cabin, and the latest inflight entertainment systems offering the best-in-sky personal screens and unmatched choice of content.

At the 2021 Dubai Airshow in November, Emirates announced a major retrofit programme which will see 52 of its existing A380s fitted with Premium Economy cabins and other enhancements.

The Airbus A380 is the world’s largest passenger aircraft. It was launched on 19 December 2000, and entered commercial service on October 25, 2007, with Singapore Airlines. Only 251 A380s were ever built.

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