Emirates orders 50 aircraft

MIDDLE Eastern powerhouse Emirates has landed the biggest order in Boeing’s history – 50 777-300 ERs.

They will set the carrier back approximately US$18 billion. The order also includes 20 777-300 ER options valued at US$8 billion for a total of 70 aircraft valued at US$26 billion.

Emirates has the world’s largest fleet of 95 777s in service including nine 200 ERs, 10-200 LRs, 12 -300s, 61-300 ERs and three freighters. Emirates had 40 777-300 ERs already on the books. With the new agreement, that now stands at an order of 90 777-300 ERs.

The deal was signed at the Dubai Air Show in the UAE by Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chief executive of Emirates Airline, and Group and Jim Albaugh, chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

“With 61 777 300-ERs currently in service, this record breaking dollar value order is another milestone for Emirates and affirms our strategy to expand our long-haul destinations and continue to excel as a world leading carrier, connecting the world to Dubai and beyond,” Al-Maktoum commented.

The 777-300ER offers an additional cargo payload of 18.2 metric tonnes.

In addition to the 50 777-300 ERs announced, Emirates has 73 A380s, 70 A350s, 40 777-300 ERs and six Boeing freighters on order, for a total of 239 wide-body aircraft worth more than US$92 billion.

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