Emirates orders 30 777-300ERs

EMIRATES, the Dubai-based carrier, today placed an order with Boeing for an additional 30 777-300ERs, worth approximately US$9.1 billion in list prices. The new order adds to the fleet of 71 777-300ERs previously ordered, of which 53 aircraft are currently in service.

“Emirates is the world’s largest operator of 777s and this latest order, adding to 71 777-300ERs previously ordered, affirms Emirates’ strategy to become a world leading carrier and to further establish Dubai as a central gateway to worldwide air travel,” said HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum. “Our latest deal signals Emirates’ confidence in the growth of the thriving aviation sector and our commitment to building a modern, environmentally efficient fleet for tomorrow,” he added.

The 777-300ER will be operated in a three-class configuration with eight First class suites, 42 Business class seats and 310 Economy class seats and offers an additional cargo payload of 20.1 tonnes. Emirates has 86 777s in service – three -200s, six -200ERs, 10 -200LRs, 12 -300s, 53 -300ERs and two freighters.

Emirates is apparently determined to become one of the largest airlines in the world. In addition to the order placed today, it has 79 A380s, 70 A350s and seven Boeing freighters on order totalling 204 wide-body aircraft worth more than US$67 billion.

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