Emirates is expanding its fleet of Airbus A380s with an order for an additional two superjumbos.

The Dubai-based carrier already operates the world’s largest fleet of A380s, with 75 in service and a further 65 on firm order.

The two new A380s are due to be delivered in at the end of 2017 with a two-class configuration including a lounge for business class passengers.

Prague, Taipei and Vienna will soon become destinations on the Emirates route network served by A380s, bringing the number up to 42.

The airline’s president, Sir Tim Clark, said: “From now until the end of 2017, Emirates will retire 30 older aircraft from our fleet.

“At the same time, to meet our growth expectations, we will receive delivery of 24 new Boeing 777, and 33 new A380 aircraft including these two additional A380 aircraft just ordered.

“This is in line with our strategy to operate a modern and efficient fleet and offer the best possible experience for our customers.”

He added: “We’ve always been open about how the A380 has been a big success for Emirates. It’s a boon for our operations to slot constrained airports and we get a lot of positive feedback from our customers.

“In fact, demand from customers for our A380 product is growing, as we expand our A380 network and more travellers have had the opportunity to experience it first-hand.”