Dubai-based Emirates Airlines has announced an order for 30 Boeing 777-300ERs (Extended Range) at the 2010 Farnborough International Airshow.
Eighteen of the 777-300ERs ordered by Emirates were previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website.
Emirates is already the world’s largest 777 operator with a fleet of 86 777s through direct purchase and lease, plus an additional 16 777-300ERs already on order before the latest announcement. It is also the only airline in the world to operate every model in the Boeing 777 family, including the 777 Freighter. The new order brings Emirates’ total order and lease commitments for 777s to 132 aircraft.
“Since we took delivery of our first 777 14 years ago, the airplane’s reliability, performance and operating economics have firmly established it as the backbone of our fleet,” says His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates Airline and Group. “Our decision to further expand our 777 fleet reflects our plans to continue to build our fleet of the future and grow our expansive global network, which already spans six continents. It also demonstrates our commitment to operating a modern fleet that not only enhances the passenger experience but our operational efficiency as well.”
Emirates took delivery of its first Boeing 777, a 777-200, in 1996, and since then the airline has deployed the 777 on short-, medium- and long-haul routes.
“Emirates is today one of the world’s leading airlines. Its growth over the years has established it as a truly global force in the aviation industry,” says Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Emirates has played an important role in the success of the 777 with its strong support and valuable feedback over the years. Today’s order underscores the airline’s confidence in the airplane which forms the backbone of its fleet. For that we are very grateful.”
Though it is hard-pressed by the Airbus A330, the Boeing 777 remains the world’s most successful twin-engine, long-haul aircraft in terms of orders. The 777-300ER – which is powered by ther world’s most powerful jet engine, the GE90-115B – extends the 777 family’s span of capabilities, carrying 365 passengers up to 7,930 nautical miles (14,685 km).
Boeing incorporated several performance enhancements for the 777-300ER, extending its range and payload capabilities. The company says that excellent performance during flight testing, combined with engine efficiency improvements and design changes that reduce drag and aircraft weight, contributed to the 777-300ER’s increased capability.
Boeing incorporated several of the design changes – such as the use of raked wingtips, a stronger structure (allowing a heavier fuel load) and a very slightly derated version of the GE90-115B called the GE90-110B– in designing the 777-200LR, its longest-range aircraft to date. The Boeing 777 Freighter is based on the design of the 777-200LR and also uses the GE90-110B or GE90-115B engine (depending on customer preference).