Emirates orders nearly 100 Boeing widebody jets

As the Dubai Airshow 2023 started, Boeing and Emirates announced the Dubai-based airline will order 95 more widebody jets from the US-based aircraft manufacturer.

In a deal worth around USD $52 billion, Emirates has placed an order for 90 777X widebody jets including 55 777-9s and 35 777-8s. The new order will bring the airline’s 777X order book to a total of 205 planes.

With the new order, Emirates is set to be one of the launch customers of the 777-8 passenger variant. Deliveries for the 777-8s are scheduled to take place from 2030.

From its previous order of 115 of the 777-9s scheduled to be delivered from 2025, the additional orders will be delivered through 2035.

To support the additional 777X aircraft, Emirates also confirmed an order for 202 GE9X engines. The order will bring the total of engines ordered to 460 units.

In addition to the 777X orders, Emirates also updated its previous order for 30 787-9s – increasing its total commitment for Dreamliners to 35. Emirates order book for the 787s include 15 787-10s and 20 787-8s.

Emirates, Boeing, and the 777

For Emirates, the 777 has been an important part of the Dubai-based carrier’s operations. The new 777-9s and 777-9s will replace the airline’s 777s that will be retired from the fleet.

“Emirates is the biggest operator of Boeing 777 aircraft, and today’s order cements that position,” said HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group. “We’ve been closely involved in the 777 program since its start up until this latest generation of 777X aircraft. The 777 has been central to Emirates’ fleet and network strategy of connecting cities on all continents non-stop to Dubai. We are pleased to extend 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 to meet Emirates’ needs for global long-haul travel,” said Stan Deal, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 777-9 and 777-8 are the perfect airplanes to support Emirates’ growth plans, improving environmental performance and unmatched payload capability.”

With the newly ordered aircraft, Emirates plans to connect to more cities and support Dubai’s future economic plans.

“These additional aircraft will enable Emirates to connect even more cities, supporting the Dubai economic agenda D33 set out by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to add 400 cities to Dubai’s foreign trade map over the next decade. By the early 2030s, we expect the Emirates fleet to be around 350-strong, connecting Dubai to even more cities around the world.”

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