In the largest aircraft order ever placed, the Emirates fleet is set to expand by 200 aircraft – including the Boeing 777X and Airbus A380.
Comprised of 35 Boeing 777-8Xs, 115 Boeing 777-9Xs and 50 Airbus A380 aircraft, the orders are worth an estimated US$99 billion at list prices, excluding the value of 50 purchase rights that the airline has also acquired for the Boeing 777X.
The single largest aircraft order by value in the history of U.S. commercial aviation, Emirates' purchase order joins that of Etihad earlier today.
"Emirates’ aircraft orders today, with deliveries of the 777X scheduled to start in 2020, will take us to 2025 and beyond – replacing aircraft due for retirement and providing the foundation for future growth,” said HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group.
"Emirates today operates more than one in every 10 Boeing 777 aircraft built" observed Emirates Airline President Tim Clark. "It is the workhorse of our fleet."
"What the 777X does, is offer us a flying range comparable with the 200LRs and 300ERs, but with more passenger capacity at potentially up to 18% more fuel efficiency.”
The first 25 of the A380 aircraft on order are scheduled to be delivered before the first quarter of 2018, notably in a mix of two and three-class cabin configurations.
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