After a decade of delays, Airbus completes final A380 delivery to Emirates

Your day off just got a little less magical.

After the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A380 were delivered their final high-profile jets, Dubai-based Emirates Airline finalized the sale of a new Airbus A380 to Chinese airline Vistara, creating the long-awaited last truly wide-body plane Boeing and Airbus can build, according to CNN.

The plane is not yet expected to hit the skies — it will be parked in at Airbus’s Hamburg site this week — but it was already the company’s target for 2020, according to its manufacturing schedule.

Unlike the 787 and A380 that’s seen delays and cost overruns, the A380 has been in production since 2007 and started flying about six years later, with the first Emirates version in 2008.

“We are delighted to achieve this milestone with such a world-class, technologically advanced and unique aircraft,” Anwaar Amro, executive vice president of Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ passenger airplanes, said in a statement.

As CNN notes, the A380 brought “numbers to a cultural resurgence at Emirates.”

With 343 passengers onboard and a four-engine powerplant, the first ever Airbus model was able to carry passengers into even the highest business class and first class cabins where they could share with others. It can travel 12,000 pounds over speed with the slide up systems for that 4,000 pounds added. The double-decker design keeps its mostly 600 seats spread around the cabin for multiple boarding groups without the need for a central atrium.

The final delivery to Vistara follows complaints about what Emirates said were safety delays and aircraft delays.

“We are satisfied that the delivery of our last Airbus A380 has been achieved on schedule without any further major elements of any inherent safety deficiencies,” the airline said in a statement.

Vistara partnered with Airbus in September 2017 to purchase three A380s worth about $1.6 billion.

Both airlines are keen to incorporate the new A380 into their schedules. Vistara has a fleet of seven jets in total and plans to make room for new A380 flights from Mumbai to Abu Dhabi and onward to the United Arab Emirates’ other cities.

“Vistara continues to expand and improve our connectivity to airports around the world and provides seamless aviation connectivity that makes flying an affordable option for more of our customers to many destinations,” Vistara CEO Phee Teik Yeoh said in a statement.

In a statement, Emirates called the A380 one of the “most technologically advanced” aircraft and added that it was excited to work with “another internationally-recognized airline like Vistara that supports this special aircraft.”

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