Emirates takes delivery of its sixth A380

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DUBAI – Dubai-based Emirates Airline has taken delivery of its sixth Airbus A380.

The aircraft landed late Saturday night after travelling from the Jurgen Thomas Delivery Centre in Hamburg, Germany.

“The delivery of our sixth A380 aircraft is testament to Emirates Airline’s resilience amid the global economic crisis,” Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ executive vice-president for engineering and operations, said in a statement.

Al Redha said the A380 would support the carrier’s operational needs and meet passenger demand, with international load levels looking positive over the next few months.

In the past four weeks alone, Emirates has announced plans to start services to Tokyo and Amsterdam in 2010 and has also taken delivery of n ew aircraft, including two Boeing 777-300ER, in addition to the new A380.

The carrier’s seventh A380 plane is due for delivery later this month.