Emirates Airline acquires Airbus A380 for a bargain

Dubai-based carrier only paid £25.3m for lessor Doric’s aircraft

It’s not cheap, but it’s certainly a bargain. Carrier Emirates Airline bought an Airbus A380 for £25.3 million, or about $30 million.

The aircraft is the A380 with registration A6-EDC, which was already operated by the Dubai airline on a leasing basis. The previous owner of the model was the British lessor Doric Nimrod Air One, which confirmed this week the sale of the plane to Emirates, although the transaction took place in July last year.

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The A380 now owned by Emirates can also be considered a historic aircraft. The widebody has serial number MSN6 and was delivered to the company in November 2008. It is the oldest “superjumbo” in the Emirates fleet, which has more than 90 widebodies of the type in service currently.

Emirates did not say why it decided to acquire the aircraft, which has been in storage since June 2020. The plane is most likely to serve as a source of parts for the company’s other A380s that remain active.

Perhaps the purpose of the purchase of Emirates is to dismantle it to serve as a source of parts (Erik Ritterbach)

When it was still produced by Airbus, a brand new A380 had a list price of around $445 million. For that amount, the European aerospace group’s four-engine was the most expensive commercial plane in the world.

With the $30 million paid by Emirates it is not possible to acquire any new commercial jets. An E175, Embraer’s cheapest jetliner, has a list price of approximately $50 million.

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