Emirates Airline has rewritten all records in civil aviation history with same-day orders for 150 Boeing 777Xs ‒ comprising 35 Boeing 777-8Xs and 115 Boeing 777-9Xs, plus purchase rights on 50 more aircraft ‒ and an additional 50 Airbus A380s.
Together, the Boeing and Airbus orders, excluding purchase rights, are valued by Emirates at an estimated US$99 billion at list prices. This is the largest-ever aircraft order in civil aviation and also Emirates’ largest order announced at any event to date.
The agreements were signed on November 17 at the Dubai Airshow 2013 by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates Airline and Group, with Jim McNerney, Boeing’s chairman, president and CEO; and with Fabrice Brégier, Airbus’ president and CEO.
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, witnessed the signings.
Emirates’ order for Boeing 777-8x and Boeing 777-9X jets is the single largest aircraft order by value in the history of U.S. commercial aviation, and the additional A380 order cements Emirates, already the largest operator of this aircraft type, as the principal customer for the A380 worldwide.
These latest orders bring Emirates’ total firm orderbook to 385 aircraft (excluding options or purchase rights). These comprise 214 Boeing 777s (including 61 Boeing 777-300ERs and three Boeing 777F freighters in addition to the 150 777Xs); 101 Airbus A380s; and 70 Airbus A350 XWB jets.
Together, the 385 aircraft have a combined, estimated list-price value of US$166 billion.
The Dubai-based carrier’s Boeing 777-8X and Boeing 777-9X widebodies will be in a combination of two- and three-class cabin configurations. Its 777-8Xs will potentially seat 342 passengers in three classes, and its 777-9Xs will potentially seat more than 440 passengers in two classes.
“Emirates today operates more than one in every 10 Boeing 777 aircraft built. It is the workhorse of our fleet,” said Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airline. “What the 777X does is offer us a flying range comparable with the [777-]200LRs and -300ERs, but with more passenger capacity at potentially up to 18 per cent more fuel efficiency.”
The airline’s commitment to the Boeing 777 dates back to 1996. Today, Emirates is the largest operator of the 777, with 131 in operation, and the only airline to fly all variants in the 777 family.
At the Dubai Airshow 2011, Emirates ordered 50 Boeing 777-300ER widebodies and optioned 20 more, at a total list-price value of US$26 billion. It was then a record-breaking aircraft order – the single largest order by any airline with Boeing in terms of dollar value.
Emirates’ November 17 order for 50 additional Airbus A380 superjumbos today brings Emirates’ outstanding A380 orderbook to 101 aircraft, worth US$45 billion at list prices. Additionally, Emirates has already taken delivery of another 39 A380s, the latest of which is in the static line at the Dubai Airshow 2013.
The first 25 of the 50 newly ordered A380s, specified in a combination of two- and three-class cabin configurations, are scheduled to be delivered to Emirates before the first quarter of 2018.