Emirates takes delivery of first A340-400

Emirates has received the first of the eight Airbus A340-300 aircraft that are to join its fleet this year.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  January 12, 2004

Emirates has received the first of the eight Airbus A340-300 aircraft that are to join its fleet this year. The aeroplanes, which have been leased for nine years from Boeing Aircraft Trading, will give Emirates much needed extra capacity on long haul routes. “Even with one of the world’s biggest order books, we urgently need more aircraft,” explains His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chairman of the Emirates Group. “Dubai is fast emerging as the new 21st century global airline hub, thanks in large part to our visionary government, and this move will help us meet ever-rising demand for our service, as even the 71 aircraft we have ordered for delivery by 2012 are not sufficient." “The new jets, similar in many respects to our future Airbus A340-500s and 600s, will fit seamlessly into our fleet and help us continue to give our passengers the very best value for money,” he adds. The aircraft was prepared for its conversion in Hamburg by Lufthansa Technik, which performed a number of major checks and repainted the aircraft. “Carrying out major checks and adding eight aircraft to our fleet in so short a time is a real challenge. In Lufthansa Technik we have a partner familiar with the jets and extremely experienced at projects such as this,” says Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airline. The cabins of the new A340 will now be converted to Emirates’ layout in France and Germany, before entering service on March 1st on routes to Shanghai, Casablanca, Johannesburg, Perth and Osaka. The aeroplane can seat up to 12 people in first class, 42 in business and 213 in the economy cabin. Its range, when full and carrying 10 tonnes of freight, is 10,200 km, enough to travel from Dubai to Japan.

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