His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, toured the Airbus plant in the German province of Hamburg.
Sheikh Mohammed’s four-stop tour of the giant factory premises started in the department dedicated to the assembly of the basic components of the short- and mid-range A320 commercial aircraft. The Hamburg plant is specialised in manufacturing this type of planes along with the double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner A380.
Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied during the tour with Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group, and Khalifa Saeed Soliman, Director General of the Dubai Protocol.
Sheikh Mohammed was shown around parts of the structure of this modern generation of Airbus dedicated to Emirates, the world’s first company to acquire 40 per cent of Airbus A380’s production. Sheikh Mohammed was posted during the third stop on the process of installing and executing the state-of-the-art interiors of the jumbo plane in terms of colours, and its classes designed with clean ivory palette, and bronze and wood grain accents.
In the fourth stop, Sheikh Mohammed got firsthand experience of the mechanism of work followed by the company’s specialists in painting the aircraft with the colors of Emirates, whose fleet now includes 96 A380s, and is expected to reach 100 by November this year. In 2025, the number of A380 planes at Emirates is set to reach 142 as part of the bilateral agreement between the two companies, which will make Emirates the world’s first to own this large number of the jumbo plane.
Sheikh Mohammed, during the visit, expressed his satisfaction with touring the Hamburg plant and with getting briefed on the latest technologies adopted in arranging and finishing A380s as well as on the giant company’s implementation of all that is needed in line with the agreement signed with Emirates. His Highness lauded the commitment displayed by the two companies to all terms and conditions related to the dates of delivery and provision of all means of comfort, luxury and safety for all passengers who prefer this unique type of planes. He hailed as well the efforts made by Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed and his close-follow up of all minute details related to the modernisation of Emirates’ fleet which carries along with each of its flights messages of love and peace from the people of the UAE to the whole world.