Emirates kicked off Dubai Airshow 2023 today with a significant order for 95 additional wide-body aircraft, taking its total order book to 295 aircraft.
Already the world’s largest operator of wide-body passenger aircraft, Emirates has committed to additional Boeing 777-9s, 777-8s and 787s. The order is valued at US$52 billion and will bolster Emirates’ growth plans. This will enable the airline to maintain a modern efficient fleet, and provide the best flying experience to its customers.
In the presence of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the UAE and Deputy Ruler of Dubai. and HH Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council; The order was signed by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airlines and Group; with Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes; and Larry Culp, Chairman and CEO of GE and CEO of GE Aerospace.
HH Sheikh Ahmed said: “From day one, Emirates’ business model has been to operate modern and efficient wide-body aircraft capable of carrying large numbers of passengers comfortably and safely, over long distances to and from Dubai. Today’s aircraft orders reflect that strategy.
“These additional aircraft will enable Emirates to connect more cities, supporting the Dubai Economic Agenda D33 set by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, adding 400 cities to Dubai’s foreign trade map over the next decade. By the early 2030s, we expect Emirates’ fleet to be around 350-strong, connecting Dubai to more cities around the world.”
Emirates Boeing order
Emirates, already the world’s largest operator of Boeing 777 aircraft, has signed firm orders for 55 additional 777-9s and 35 777-8s. This takes the airline’s 777-X order book to a total of 205 units.
Emirates today confirmed an order for 202 GE9X engines to power the additional 777X aircraft it ordered, bringing its total GE9X engine order to 460 units.
From its previous order of 115 units, the first 777-9 is expected to join Emirates’ fleet in 2025. Today’s additional order means Emirates will add new 777-9s to its fleet until 2035.
With this latest order, Emirates is set to be one of the launch customers for the 777-8 passenger variant, with first deliveries expected in 2030.
HH Sheikh Ahmed said: “Emirates is the largest operator of the Boeing 777 aircraft and today’s order strengthens that position. We have been closely involved with the 777 program from its inception to this latest generation of the 777X aircraft. 777 is concentrated on Emirates’ fleet and network strategy of non-stop connections to Dubai to cities on all continents. We are pleased to expand our relationship with Boeing and look forward to the first 777-9 joining our fleet in 2025.”
“This order is an incredible vote of confidence in the efficiency and versatility of the 777X family,” said Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 777-9 and 777-8 are the perfect aircraft to support Emirates’ growth plans, improved environmental performance and unmatched payload capacity .”
The 777 remains the backbone of Emirates’ operations, capable of missions of up to 18 hours that enable the airline to connect Dubai non-stop to cities on six continents. The new 777-9 and 777-8 will replace Emirates’ retired 777 aircraft and accommodate the airline’s future growth plans.
Emirates has updated its previous order of 30 Boeing 787-9s, increasing its commitment to a total of 35 Dreamliners: 15 Boeing 787-10s, and 20 Boeing 787-8s.
Emirates currently operates an all wide-body fleet of efficient and modern aircraft comprising the iconic Airbus A380 and the popular Boeing 777. From its hub in Dubai, the airline serves more than 140 cities on six continents, offering award-winning inflight and ground connections. Service.
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