FIRST HULL LOSS FOR ONE OF THE SAFEST AIRLINES
The emergency landing of Flight EK521 marks the first time that Emirates - which has one of the world’s best aviation safety records - has lost an aircraft hull. To date, the airline has only encountered minor incidents. Emirates has a fleet of more than 251 aircraft altogether, and is the world’s largest operator of the 777 variants, with about 150. Boeing’s 777 series is the world’s largest twin-jet engine, the most ordered wide-body airliner in production and the most-used wide-body plane today. The aircraft is one of the safest jets in the world. Among the few 777’s hull losses was an Asiana Airlines Flight 214 accident in July 2013. Three people lost their lives when it crashed in San Francisco. No technical fault was found and pilot error was blamed. When Emirates took delivery of its 150th Boeing 777 last year, airline president Sir Tim Clark said the carrier has “enjoyed a strong and long-standing relationship with Boeing on the 777 programme”.