Shaikh Mohammed inspects new Emirates A340-500 jet

DUBAI - Emirates' newest aircraft, the Airbus A340-500, was inspected in its hangar at Dubai International Airport yesterday by General Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Sun 26 Oct 2003, 12:05 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 9:45 PM

Gen. Shaikh Mohammed, escorted by Emirates' Chairman, Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, made his visit less than 24 hours after the A340 arrived from Airbus' Toulouse, France HQ.

Shaikh Ahmed briefed Gen. Shaikh Mohammed on its remarkable range and the host of benefits it will offer travellers. These include private suites with massage chairs in place of First Class seats, and the world's most advanced entertainment system, with more than 500 channels of in-flight movies, music and games.

The delivery makes Emirates the world's first airline to operate the new ultra-long range Airbus, the first of a planned order of eight.

The remarkable aircraft, able to fly non-stop for more than 17 hours, cruised at 475 knots over Italy, Egypt and Saudi Arabia at up to 41,000 feet on its 3,208 nautical mile flight, using 47,000 kilos of fuel.

It was met on touchdown by Maurice Flanagan CBE, Emirates' Vice Chairman and Group President; Adel Al Redha, Executive Vice-President, Engineering & Operations; and Mike Simon, Senior Vice-President Corporate Communications.

Later Gen. Shaikh Mohammed and Shaikh Ahmed went on board to view the flight deck and as-yet unfinished passenger cabins of the jet, which will fly between any two places on the globe with no more than a single stop.

Powered by four Rolls-Royce Trent 500 engines, it will enter commercial service in early December, with non-stop flights to Sydney and Melbourne, and, from next year, North America.

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