Emi­rates places largest 777 or­der

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Emi­rates, one of the world’s fastest grow­ing air­lines, placed the sin­gle largest air­craft or­der in dol­lar value in Boe­ing’s his­tory for an additional 50 777- 300 ER air­craft, worth ap­prox­i­mately US $ 18 bil­lion ( AED 66 bil­lion). The or­der in­cludes 20 777- 300 ER op­tions val­ued at US $ 8 bil­lion ( AED 29.4 bil­lion), for a to­tal of 70 air­craft val­ued at US $ 26 bil­lion ( AED 95.4 bil­lion).

This record break­ing lon­grange air­craft or­der adds to Emi­rates’ fleet which is al­ready the world’s largest op­er­at­ing 95 777s in­clud­ing nine 200 ERS, 10- 200 LRS, 12 - 300s, 61- 300 ERS and three freighters. Emi­rates had 40 777- 300 ERS al­ready on the or­der books, so with the new or­der, the tally now stands at a firm or­der of 90 777- 300 ERS.

The agree­ment was signed dur­ing a cer­e­mony at the Dubai Air Show by H. H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al- Mak­toum, Chair­man and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, Emi­rates Air­line and Group and Jim Al­baugh, Pres­i­dent and CEO of Boe­ing Com­mer­cial Air­planes. The sign­ing was also wit­nessed by Emi­rates’ se­nior ex­ec­u­tives, Tim Clark, Pres­i­dent, Emi­rates Air­line and Adel Al Redha, Emi­rates Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent, En­gi­neer­ing and Op­er­a­tions as well as David Joyce, Pres­i­dent and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of GE Avi­a­tion, whose GE 90- 115B en­gine will power the 777300 ER air­craft.

“With 61 777 300- ERS cur­rently in ser­vice, this record break­ing dol­lar value or­der is an­other mile­stone for Emi­rates and af­firms our strat­egy to ex­pand our long haul des­ti­na­tions and con­tinue to ex­cel as a world lead­ing car­rier, con­nect­ing the world to Dubai and be­yond,” said H. H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed AlMak­toum, Chair­man and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, Emi­rates Air­line and Group. “The Boe­ing 777- 300 ER air­craft plays a piv­otal role in Emi­rates de­vel­op­ment of a modern fleet to meet the de­mand for global air travel for the fu­ture.”

The 777- 300ER will be op­er­ated in a three- class con­fig­u­ra­tion with eight First Class suites, 42 Busi­ness Class seats and 310 Econ­omy Class seats and of­fers an additional cargo pay­load of 20.1 tonnes.

“This is an ex­tremely proud mo­ment for us as it not only un­der­scores Emi­rates’ on­go­ing con­fi­dence in the 777 but also makes this the sin­gle largest or­der in dol­lar value in Boe­ing’s his­tory,” said Jim Al­baugh, Pres­i­dent and CEO of Boe­ing Com­mer­cial Air­planes. “As the largest op­er­a­tor of the 777 in the world, Emi­rates has played an im­por­tant role in de­vel­op­ment of the air­plane and its in­put over the years has been in­valu­able in the de­vel­op­ment of the 777 pro­gram.”

Tim Clark, Pres­i­dent, Emi­rates said the 777- 300 ER or­der gave Emi­rates the abil­ity to re­place some of their older ex­ist­ing air­craft al­low­ing the air­line to main­tain its lead­er­ship in fuel ef­fi­ciency as well as pro­vid­ing cus­tomers with an up­dated su­pe­rior prod­uct. He said pas­sen­gers could look for­ward to con­tin­ued in­no­va­tions in air­craft com­fort, en­ter­tain­ment and ser­vice for which Emi­rates is renowned.

Cur­rently, Emi­rates has a fleet of 162 wide­bod­ied air­craft, fly­ing to 115 des­ti­na­tions in 67 coun­tries. The air­line is on track to be­come one of the largest air­lines in the world. In ad­di­tion to the an­nounced 50 777-300 ERS, Emi­rates has 73 Air­bus A380s, 70 Air­bus A350s, 40 777-300 ERS and six Boe­ing freighters on or­der, for a to­tal of 239 wide-body air­craft worth more than US $92 bil­lion (AED 337.6 bil­lion)

Emi­rates has or­dered an additional 50 Boe­ing 777- 300 ER air­craft.

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