Qantas gives Emirates the contract for A380 maintenance & repaint

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If anyone should know how to maintain an A380, it’s got to be Emirates, but as far as I’m aware it’s the first time they’ve gained a foreign customer. It’s a little limited and I’m surprised QANTAS haven’t done the work in-house or in Australia, but there we go. Even BA contracts its A380 servicing out, usually to Singapore Airlines if they don’t have space in the UK.

Under the terms of the agreement, Emirates Engineering will strip and repaint eight QANTAS A380 aircraft starting in March 2018. The aircraft will be repainted with the latest QANTAS livery at the state of the art Emirates Aircraft Appearance Centre in Dubai. The agreement also covers the replacement of landing gears for one QANTAS A380 aircraft by Emirates Engineering in February 2018.

Now if only 8 are being stripped and repainted…what’s happening to the rest?