Etihad Airways has announced an order at the Dubai Airshow for 56 Boeing widebody jets, with options and purchase rights for 26 additional aircraft.
Boeing values the November 17 order, announced on the first day of the Dubai Airshow 2013, at $25.2 billion at list prices.
The Abu Dhabi-based carrier’s order includes 25 Boeing 777Xs, among them 17 Boeing 777-9X widebodies and eight Boeing 777-8Xs.
In addition, Etihad Airways has ordered 30 Boeing 787-10s, the 787-10 being the newest and largest member of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner family.
Etihad’s order also includes one additional Boeing 777 Freighter for its cargo fleet, with options for two additional 777 Freighters.
Etihad Airways is the first airline to order the Boeing 777-8X and will be a launch customer of the aircraft, which is expected to enter service around the end of the decade. The order includes options and purchase rights for 12 additional 777X jets.
When Etihad Airways’ November 17 order is combined with the carrier’s previous order for 41 787-9s, it becomes the world’s largest airline customer for the Dreamliner family, with a total of 71 Boeing 787 widebodies on order. The order includes options and purchase rights for an additional 12 Boeing 787-10s.
The November 17 announcement also marks the 1,000th Dreamliner ordered since the launch of the Boeing 787 family in 2004. The 787 has reached this milestone faster than any other twin-aisle aircraft in aviation history, according to Boeing.
“Boeing has been a long-term strategic partner for Etihad throughout that journey, playing an integral role in our growth,” said James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ president and CEO.
“We are very proud of our relationship with Etihad Airways which began nine years ago with an order for five 777-300ERs,” said Ray Conner, Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ president and CEO .
Advanced technology including a new composite wing, all-new engines and superior aerodynamics will result in what Boeing calls “incredible fuel efficiency” in the 777X family, according to the manufacturer.
The 777-9X, with around 400 seats, will have the lowest operating cost per seat of any commercial aircraft and no competitor in its market segment, Boeing claims.
Meanwhile, according to Boeing, the 777-8X will offer breakthrough economics and greater range capability than today’s 777s.
The 787-10 is the third and longest member of the Boeing 787 family. The 787-10 will be 25 per cent more efficient than aircraft of its size today (meaning the Airbus A330-300), Boeing claims.
Final assembly and flight-testing of the Boeing 787-10 are set to begin in 2017, with first delivery targeted for 2018.
Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, Etihad Airways is expanding its fleet and network across the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific and North and South America.
Etihad’s fleet today includes 17 Boeing 777-300ER widebodies and three 777 Freighters.