The first Airbus aircraft joined the Emirates fleet in 1987.
The relationship between Emirates and Airbus has continued to strengthen since then; we are currently the biggest buyer of the Airbus A380. At the Dubai Air Show in November 2013, Emirates ordered an additional 50 A380 aircraft worth USD 23 billion at list prices. In April 2016, Emirates placed an order for an additional two A380 aircraft, taking the total A380 order book to 142.
A 2015 study by Frontier Economics estimated that Emirates’ A380 deliveries in 2013 directly supported 14,500 direct, indirect and induced jobs in Germany alone. These jobs were equal to a GDP impact of EUR 1.2 billion.