Gulf based carrier Emirates has announced plans to retire a total of 52 jetliners by 2018. The airline will commence by retiring 26 long-haul jetliners in 2016. Plans call for a further 13 jetliners to be retired each year in 2017 and 2018. Emirates will add 36 new aircraft in 2016, across 20 A380s and 16 Boeing 777-300ERs. The new aircraft will not only be more fuel efficient but also on an average emit 12% less carbon dioxide than the aircraft being retired. The combination of the retired aircraft and new aircraft inductions will lower the average fleet age of the Emirates fleet to 5.6 years by end 2016.
Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said, “We are fully committed to flying a modern fleet that is better for the environment, and provides our customers with a superior level of comfort and safety. With the retirement of older aircraft and the introduction of new, more fuel efficient aircraft in 2016, Emirates will continue to lead the industry in reducing the age of our fleet, while at the same time defining new levels of service that our customers have come to expect."
12 A330-300s, 4 A340-300s, 1 A340-500, 6 Boeing 777-200ERs, 2 Boeing 777-300s and a single Boeing 777-300ER, will be retired in 2016. The average age of the aircraft being retired by Emirates in 2016 will be 15.7 years. The airline took delivery of 26 new jetliners in 2016, including 15 A380s, 10 Boeing 777-300ERs and 1 Boeing 777 Freighter. While its current aircraft fleet totals 243, the airline has 263 more aircraft on order. The orders are worth in excess of $120 billion for 71 Airbus A380s, 42 Boeing 777-300ERs, 115 Boeing 777-9Xs and 35 Boeing 777-8Xs.