Emirates has retired the last Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft in its fleet from active service.
The decision to retire the smaller aircraft, according to the airline, is in line with its vision to offer a superior passenger experience through a modern and state of the art wide-body aircraft fleet.
This makes Emirates the first and only airline in the world to operate a fleet of all Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft for its passenger flights.
Emirates recently retired A6-EAK from operational service. The aircraft was the last of the 29 Airbus A330 aircraft that had been operating as part of its fleet.
A6-EAK joined Emirates in 2002 and had flown for over 60,000 hours travelling close to 45 million kilometres in 14.5 years.
That distance is equivalent to almost 60 return journeys between the Earth and the Moon.
Emirates has also phased out A6-ERN, the last serving Airbus A340 in the fleet which had joined the airline in 2004, originally manufactured in 1999.
Since January 2015, Emirates has retired 18 A330 and 5 A340 aircraft from its fleet. The average age of the Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft phased out from the fleet is 16.5 years- a figure which is well below the industry standard retirement age of 25 years.
In addition to the aircraft that have been retired from active service since January 2015, Emirates plans to further phase out some 25 aircraft over the course of 2017 and 2018 to ensure that the operating fleet remains modern and efficient while offering customers a higher level of comfort and safety.
Spokesman of Emirates, Sandy Barqawi told Daily Trust that by the end of 2016, Emirates would have taken delivery of 36 new aircraft comprising 20 Airbus A380s and 16 Boeing 777s.
This also includes the next generation Boeing 777-300ER aircraft – with upgraded business class seats and other features including a lower fuel burn ratio – to be delivered from November 2016.
She said, “We continually induct new aircraft into our fleet and retire the old ones, so that we can offer our customers the best possible flying experience, and also improve our operational and environmental performance.
“Emirates has just retired the last Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft in its fleet from active service. Today, Emirates operates a fleet of 247 aircraft which is one of the youngest fleets in the industry with an average age of 5.2 years.”