03 / 08 / 2008
EMIRATES Airline showcased its new Airbus A380 in San Francisco and Los Angeles over the last two days, as part of a number of exclusive tours of the aircraft that were planned for the US.
In his address to media and guests in both cities, Adel Al Redha, Emirates executive vice-president, engineering and operations, said: “We are very confident these flights are a symbol of a strong future relationship between Emirates and the state of California and we are very appreciate of the support we receive from our many friends here at local, state and federal levels.”
Delivering a message from California State Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Barbara Kaufman, director of Schwarzenegger’s San Francisco office, said: “I applaud all those who have worked hard to make today a reality. This event is not only a momentous occasion for Emirates and for our Golden State, but it is also an historic moment in the history of aviation. My congratulations go to Emirates on your accomplishment and your beautiful A380, as you help mark a new era in technological advancements, environmental consciousness and passenger comfort. I’m excited for what the future holds for all those involved in this endeavour and for the friendships strengthened between our two lands.”