Emirates (EK, Dubai Int'l) has announced it has signed a contract with Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) for twenty additional A380-800s, along with sixteen options, thereby firming up the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was announced in January. Deliveries of the firm order aircraft are to start in 2020.

Together with its existing fleet of 101 A380s and its current order backlog for 41 aircraft, this new order brings Emirates’ commitment to the A380 programme to 178 aircraft.