Emirates began the first day of the 2023 Dubai Airshow by ordering an additional 95 wide-body aircraft, bringing its total orders to 295 aircraft.
Emirates Airlines is the largest wide-body passenger aircraft operator in the world, and has committed to purchasing additional Boeing 777-9, 777-8 and 787 aircraft worth US$52 billion (about AED 191 billion) to support its growth plans, maintain a modern and efficient fleet, and provide the best Aviation experience for its customers.
The aircraft orders were signed by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and CEO of Emirates Airline and Group, with Stan Deal, President and CEO of Emirates Airline and Group. Boeing Commercial Airplanes, and Larry Culp, CEO of General Electric and CEO of GE Aerospace.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said: “Emirates Airlines’ business model, from day one, has been to operate modern, efficient wide-body aircraft, capable of transporting large numbers of passengers in comfort and safety, over long distances to, from and through Dubai. Today, our orders are confirmed.” Buying planes again on this strategy.”
His Highness added: “These additional aircraft will enable Emirates Airlines to connect more cities to Dubai, which supports the Dubai Economic Agenda D33 set by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, which includes adding 400 cities to Dubai’s foreign trade map over the next decade. We expect “By the beginning of the 1930s, the Emirates fleet will include about 350 aircraft, and will connect Dubai to more cities in the world.”
Emirates, the world’s largest Boeing 777 operator, has placed firm orders for an additional 55 777-9s and 35 777-8s powered by GE-9X engines. This brings the carrier’s total orders for 777X aircraft to 205 aircraft.
Emirates also signed an order for 202 GE-9X engines to power the additional 777X aircraft it ordered today, bringing the total order for GE-9X engines to 460 units.
The first 777-9 from the previous order is expected to join the Emirates fleet in 2025. Today’s additional orders mean that Emirates will continue to take delivery of new 777-9 aircraft and introduce them into its fleet until 2035.
With the new order, Emirates Airlines also becomes the first customer for Boeing 777-8 passenger aircraft, and it is expected to receive the first of these aircraft in 2030.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said: “Emirates Airlines is the largest operator of Boeing 777 aircraft, and today’s order reinforces this position. We have been closely involved in the 777 program from its inception until the latest generation of 777X aircraft. The 777 aircraft has played, and continues to play, a pivotal role in “Emirates’ fleet and network strategy is to connect the world’s cities with Dubai non-stop. We are pleased to expand our relationship with Boeing and look forward to the first 777-9 aircraft joining our fleet in 2025.”
For his part, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Stan Deal, said: “We see this order as an amazing vote of confidence in the efficiency and versatility of the 777X family to meet Emirates’ requirements for global long-haul travel. The Boeing 777-9 and 777-8 are ideal to support the airline’s plans to “Emirates’ growth, improved environmental performance and unrivaled payload capabilities.”
The Boeing 777 aircraft forms the backbone of Emirates Airlines’ operations, as it is capable of performing missions of up to 18 hours, allowing the carrier to connect Dubai non-stop to cities on six continents. The new Boeing 777-9 and 777-8 aircraft will replace Emirates’ 777 aircraft that will be retired later, and will serve the carrier’s future growth plans.
Emirates Airlines expanded its previous order to purchase 30 Boeing 787-9 aircraft, and increased its commitment to a total of 35 Dreamliner aircraft, including: 15 787-10 aircraft, and 20 787-8 aircraft.
Emirates currently operates a full fleet of wide-body aircraft, which are efficient and modern, consisting of Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft. From its main hub in Dubai, the carrier serves more than 140 cities on six continents, providing its customers with award-winning services on the ground and in the air.
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