Emirates begins retiring Airbus A340-500 fleet: one stored, one scrapped

A6-ERG Airbus A340-541 (MSN 608) of Emirates at Perth Airport - 13 October 2008.
A6-ERG Airbus A340-541 (MSN 608) of Emirates at Perth Airport – 13 October 2008.
After takeoff from runway 21 at Perth Airport, as flight EK425 to Dubai at 06:07.
First flight 4.11.2004 as F-WWTX with Airbus.
Delivered as A6-ERG to Emirates on 30.11.2004.
Photo © David Eyre

25 Sep 2013 © David Eyre

Emirates has commenced the withdrawal of its Airbus A340-500 fleet, a type which previously operated Emirates services to Perth.

Although the fleet is fairly young – the oldest Emirates example was introduced in 2003 – ongoing high fuel prices have rendered these four-engined aircraft uneconomic to operate.

A6-ERF, an A340-500 which had been stored at Dubai since May 2013, was flown from Dubai to Ras al-Khaimah on 27 August 2013, to be broken up for spare parts, to support the other eight A340-500s remaining in service.

Another A340-500 is now stored at Dubai, but may be used as a back-up aircraft.

Emirates wishes to accelerate the sale of the remaining eight aircraft, but the airline’s CEO Tim Clark has said that these will also be scrapped if a buyer is not found.

Emirates received ten A340-500 aircraft, the largest fleet of the type worldwide. A total of only 32 A340-500s were produced and delivered from 2003 until 2010.  Emirates originally ordered the type as it was the world’s longest-range airliner at the time, and the only aircraft that could fly non-stop from Dubai to the west coast of the USA or the east coast of Australia.

David Eyre

President, Aviation Association of WA Inc

One thought on “Emirates begins retiring Airbus A340-500 fleet: one stored, one scrapped

  • November 25, 2014 at 5:35 pm
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    Who would have thought we’d be seeing A340-500’s getting scrapped already! It seems like such a waste!

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