Emirates’ restructuring plans and new built schedule for deliveries in 2016 will result in an increase of its cargo carrying capacity.

The Dubai-headquartered airline will pull out 26 aircrafts in 216 next year whereof 12 planes type A330-300s, four planes type A340-300s, one plane type A340-500 together with six Boeing 777-200ERs, two Boeing 777-300s and one Boeing 777-300ER. Supplementary 13 more aircrafts will be retired during 2017 adding another 13 in 2018.

Nevertheless, Emirates’ fleet will continue to increase as they will take delivery of 20 aircrafts type A380s and 16 aircrafts type Boeing 777-300ERs. This means that while 6,906 m3 of potential cargo carrying capacity will be joining its fleet next year, 4,574 m3 will be leaving, resulting in an increase of 2,332 m3. Currently, the total number of aircraft in the Emirates fleet stands at 244.

Emirates said its new arrivals are recognized as some of the most efficient and quiet commercial airplanes available, emitting on average 12% less carbon dioxide than the aircraft being retired. Emirates stated “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,”

Recent figures showed that the average fleet age for the top five airlines in North America is 13.6 years, while the average fleet age for the top five airlines in Europe is only 10.7 years.”

The airline has announced it was currently considering a new round of freighter orders.