Emirates has announced its fleet plans for 2016. In total, the airline will retire 26 aircraft. The average age of the Emirates aircraft slated for retirement will be 15.7 years, well-below the average industry retirement age of 25. Balancing its aircraft retirement programme, Emirates will take delivery of 36 new aircraft in 2016, including 20 A380s and 16 Boeing 777-300ERs. These aircraft types are recognised as some of the most efficient and quiet commercial airplanes available, emitting on average 12% less carbon dioxide than the aircraft being retired. At the end of 2016, the aircraft retirements and new deliveries will put Emirates’ average fleet age at 5.6 years, dramatically younger than the global average.