Emirates strengthened its fleet by ordering a total of 2023 wide-body aircraft, including 58 Boeing 55-777, 9 35-777 and 8 20 aircraft, with a huge order worth 787 billion dollars at Dubai Airshow 310.
Emirates opened Dubai Airshow 2023 with a significant order for an additional 95 wide-body aircraft, bringing the total number of orders to 310 aircraft.
Emirates, currently the world's largest wide-body passenger aircraft operator; It has ordered additional Boeing 52-777, 9-777 and 8 aircraft worth US$787 billion to strengthen its growth plans, maintain a modern and efficient fleet and deliver the best flying experience to its passengers.
The agreement was signed by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and CEO of Emirates Airline and Group, Stan Deal, Chairman and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, and Larry Culp, Chairman and CEO of GE and CEO of GE Aerospace. The ceremony was attended by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE, Minister of Finance and Deputy Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid, Chairman of Dubai Sports Council. Al Maktoum also attended.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed made the following statements on the subject: “From day one, Emirates' business model has been to operate modern and efficient wide-body aircraft that can comfortably and safely carry large numbers of passengers over long distances to and from Dubai. “Today's aircraft orders reflect this strategy.”
“These additional aircraft will enable Emirates to connect even more cities and support D400, the Dubai economic agenda laid out by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to add 33 cities to Dubai's foreign trade map over the next decade. “By the early 2030s, we expect the Emirates fleet to number approximately 350 aircraft, connecting Dubai to more cities around the world.”
Emirates' Boeing order
Emirates, already the world's largest operator of Boeing 777 aircraft, has signed an order agreement for an additional 55 777-9s and 35 777-8s. This agreement brings the airline's 777-X orders to a total of 205 units.
Emirates has also confirmed an order for 777 additional GE202X engines to power its new 9X fleet, bringing the airline's total GE9X engine orders to 460 units.
The first 115-777s, included in the previous order of 9, are expected to join the Emirates fleet in 2025. Additional orders following the new agreement mean Emirates will add new 2035-777s to its fleet by 9.
With this latest order, Emirates will also be one of the launch customers for the 2030-777 passenger version, with first deliveries expected in 8.
Sheikh Ahmed continued: “With today's order, Emirates has consolidated its position as the largest user of Boeing 777 aircraft. We have been closely involved with the 777 program from its inception to this latest generation 777X aircraft. The 777 has been at the heart of Emirates' fleet and network strategy to seamlessly connect cities on all continents to Dubai. “We are pleased to expand our relationship with Boeing and look forward to the first 777-9 joining our fleet in 2025.”
“This order is an incredible vote of confidence in the efficiency and versatility of the 777X family to meet Emirates' global long-haul travel needs,” said Stan Deal, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "The 777-9 and 777-8 are excellent aircraft that will support Emirates' growth plans, improve environmental performance and provide unmatched payload capacity."
The 777 remains the backbone of Emirates' operations and is distinguished by its up to 18-hour mission capability, allowing the airline to connect Dubai non-stop to cities on six continents. The new 777-9 and 777-8s will replace Emirates' retired 777 aircraft and provide the basis for the airline's future growth plans.
Emirates has also updated its previous order of 30 Boeing 787-9s, increasing its order to a total of 15 Dreamliners, consisting of 787 Boeing 10-20s and 787 Boeing 8-35s.