That link is full of interesting information. Thank you, Kronus ! As regards the fleet, the airline is retiring seven 777s while taking six more A380s. The trend seems to be adaptation to airport constraints, and a sort of stabilisation, rather than growth. As regards the network, EK announces many changes and details how it intends to fly through the runway refurbishment period.
So we have 8 to be delivered this year, will be at least 2 for ANA, and then 6 for Emirates, probably up to what is built now, the MSN260. No trace though about the 2 full frames unknown MSNs, complete at TLS yet.
That will leaves 8 to be delivered for Emirates and maybe 1 for ANA (if not planned for 2019), in 2020 or 2020+2021.
Last Edit: Feb 14, 2019 10:11:49 GMT 1 by FabienA380
So we have 6 EK planned for this year, with 3 delivered already and 3 coming, Airbus will have to coordinate things smoothly to get MSN261 outfitted on time. MSN259 and MSN260 will be ready for sure, but if MSN260 takes as much time as the few last EK frames, it might not be finished by Sept, and moreover if MSN261 does the same, it might not start outfitting before end/Dec, this assuming that we still now only have 1 OF station running.
So then to be on time for MSN261, either Airbus would reopen a 2nd OF station, either Airbus (re)shortens the OF frame.
My feeling also is that the one frame on storage MSN258, would be one of the last ones to be delivered if not the last. Airbus might just do like with the A320s, keep the flow moving and finish the late frames later on.
Unless though (edit), I am wrong thinking that there is only 1 OF station running. Could there be still 2 of them, and MSN258 be in OF as I write, since it arrived at XFW?.. If that's the case it would roll out shortly (almost 16 weeks since arrival), making it then up to 6 for this year and MSN261 wouldn't be needed until 2020.
Last Edit: Jul 21, 2019 15:40:31 GMT 1 by FabienA380