Emirates has quietly taken delivery of another Airbus A380 aircraft. The delivery of A6-EVP means that only four more of the gentle giant will ever be delivered before Airbus wraps the program up for good. All remaining orders for the giant of the sky will go to the Dubai-based Emirates.
Sadly, the Airbus A380 program never lived up to its full potential. Airbus revealed the end of the program long before the current crisis began, showing that it was unrelated. However, the pandemic is doing no favors for the world’s largest passenger airliner, with more and more airlines looking to scrap the giant. The latest airline to announce such a move was Malaysia Airlines.
While most of the fleet remains grounded in Dubai, Emirates’ A380 tally got one aircraft bigger late just under a week ago. It seems as though A6-EVP was delivered to the Dubai giant, landing at its new home on Thursday morning.
FlightRadar24.com picked up the aircraft as registered as A6-EVP, operating the flight UAE5GT. RadarBox.com lists the same flight, albeit with the registration E6-EVP. Interestingly, neither tracker shows the aircraft while searching for “A6-EVP”.
According to RadarBox’s data, the aircraft departed from Airbus’ Hamburg Finkenwerder plant at 21:01 on Wednesday, May 12th. The aircraft cruised at an altitude of 41,000 feet before landing in Dubai six hours and 46 minutes later at 05:48 the next day. The flight covered 2640 nautical miles (4891km).
According to data from Planespotters.net, the aircraft is 0.8 years old, having first flown on August 12th, 2020, under the test registration F-WWSS. AIBFamily reports that the aircraft completed seven flights before delivery, including three customer acceptance flights.
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