At the opening of the Dubai Air Show, Emirates passed to the American aircraft manufacturer Boeing an order of 90 wide-body 777Xincluding 55 777-9 and 35 777-8, worth almost 40 billion dollars at list price.
This new order brings the order book for the Emirates 777X family to 205 units (115 777-9s ordered at the launch of the program in 2014). The first deliveries are currently expected for 2025 after a five-year delay. Additionally, Dubai Airlines has updated its 787 Dreamliner order book: taking on five additional 787 aircraft (taking its 787 order book to 35) while converting 30 787-9s into 20 787s -8 and 10 787-10.
Emirates is the world’s largest operator of wide-body aircraft, including Airbus A380 superjumbos and current-generation Boeing 777s. “ We have been closely involved with the 777 program from its inception through this latest generation of 777X aircraft. The 777 has played a central role in Emirates’ fleet and network strategy of connecting cities on all continents non-stop to Dubai. We are excited to expand our relationship with Boeing and look forward to the first 777-9 joining our fleet in 2025 said Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and CEO of Emirates Group.
According to Boeing, the 777-9 will be “ the world’s largest and most fuel-efficient jet, with the lowest operating cost per seat of any commercial aircraft “. It can accommodate 426 passengers in a typical two-class configuration, with a range of 13,510 km (7,295 nautical miles). As for the 777-8, it can accommodate 395 passengers with a range of up to 16,190 km (8,745 nautical miles).