Emirates recieves first Airbus A340-500

Emirates has become the first airline in the world to receive an ultra-long range Airbus A340-500. The first of EK’s planned order of eight landed in Dubai on Friday.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  October 26, 2003

Emirates has become the first airline in the world to receive an ultra-long range Airbus A340-500. The first of EK’s planned order of eight landed in Dubai on Friday.

The A340-500 can fly non-stop for more than 17 hours. Emirates’s aircraft cruised at 475 knots over Italy, Egypt and Saudi Arabia at up to 41,000 feet on its six hour 10 minute, 3208 nautical mile flight from Airbus’ Toulouse HQ, using 47,000 kilos of fuel.

The plane has four Rolls-Royce Trent 500 engines, and it is able to fly between any two places on the globe with no more than a single stop. This will open up new non-stop routes for Emirates, such as Dubai/Australia or Dubai/North America.

“At a stroke, this makes journeys shorter, more convenient and more comfortable for our passengers, and to complement this we are transforming our onboard service - in all three classes,” says Maurice Flanagan, Emirates’ vice chairman & group president.

“This remarkable aircraft will also set a new benchmark in air travel and offer our customers new standards in comfort, and we are proud to be the world’s first airline to introduce it to our fleet,” he continues.

Emirates engineers are now making final touches to the seating inside in the A340-500, which will be divided up 12 First, 42 Business and 204 economy class. Intensive pilot training will also take place before the A340 leaves on 1st December for its first non-stop commercial service to Sydney.

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