Emirates Airline has taken delivery of two new 777-300ERs and one 777 Freighter simultaneously, bringing its total fleet of 777s to 150 aircraft.
The September 3 triple delivery marks the first time in 15 years that Boeing has delivered three 777s at one time to a single customer.
Emirates is the world’s largest operator of the 777 and also the only airline ever to operate all six 777 models Boeing has introduced into service to date.
Dubai-based Emirates has also placed very large orders for Boeing’s two planned new 777-family models, the 777-8 and the 777-9.
“As the world’s largest 777 operator, our multi-billion dollar commitment to the programme continues to support jobs and innovation across the aerospace manufacturing supply chain,” says Sir Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airline.
“The 777s give Emirates the range, reliability, and flexibility to efficiently serve close to 100 destinations on six continents with non-stop flights from our hub in Dubai,” adds Clark.
Emirates ordered its first Boeing 777s (777-200s) in 1992 and took delivery of its first 777 in June 1996.
The airline’s orderbook for the 777 continued to grow rapidly over the following years, Emirates announcing a then record-breaking order for 50 777-300ERs at the 2011 Dubai Airshow and following this up with an even bigger order for 150 777Xs (115 777-9s and 35 777-8s) at the 2013 incarnation of the show.
According to Boeing, the 777-300ER has the largest cargo-uplift capability of any passenger aircraft. Emirates currently has 46 additional 777-300ERs on order from Boeing.
Its September 3 delivery increases Emirates SkyCargo’s fleet of Boeing 777 Freighters to 13 aircraft.
The 777F is the world’s largest and longest range twin-engine freighter, capable of flying 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a full payload at general cargo market densities.
Emirates has two more Boeing 777Fs on order.