Emirates has taken a lead at this year’s Dubai Airshow by securing order for an additional 95 wide-body aircraft, lifting its total order book to 295 aircraft.

Emirates has committed to the acquisition of more Boeing 777-9s, 777-8s, and 787s, with a total investment of $52 billion.

This move is aimed at fueling the airline’s expansion initiatives, maintaining a state-of-the-art and efficient fleet, and providing an exceptional flying experience for its clientele.

The orders were formalised by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive of Emirates airline and Group, alongside Stan Deal, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, and Larry Culp, Chairman and CEO for GE, and CEO of GE Aerospace.

 “Emirates’ business model has always centered around operating modern and efficient wide-body aircraft capable of comfortably and safely transporting large numbers of travelers over long distances to and via Dubai. Today’s aircraft orders align perfectly with that strategic vision,” said Sheikh Ahmed.

He further explained that these additional aircraft will enable Emirates to expand its connectivity to more cities, supporting the ambitious economic agenda outlined by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to add 400 cities to Dubai’s foreign trade map within the next decade.

Emirates A380 and Boeing 777 performing a flypast during Dubai Airshow 2023. Image Courtesy (Emirates).
Emirates A380 and Boeing 777 performing a flypast during Dubai Airshow 2023. Image Courtesy (Emirates).

Emirates anticipates having a fleet of approximately 350 aircraft by the early 2030s, connecting Dubai to an even broader global network.

Emirates, already holding the title of the world’s largest operator of Boeing 777 aircraft, solidified its position with firm orders for 55 additional 777-9s and 35 777-8s, bringing the total 777-X order to 205 units.

Additionally, the airline confirmed an order for 202 GE9X engines to power the newly ordered 777X aircraft, bringing the total GE9X engine order to 460 units.

The delivery of the first 777-9 from the previous order is expected in 2025, and with the latest additions, Emirates will continue to integrate new 777-9s into its fleet until 2035.

This order also positions Emirates as one of the initial customers for the 777-8 passenger variant, with deliveries scheduled to commence in 2030.

Stan Deal, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, describing the order as a “vote of confidence in the efficiency and versatility of the 777X family to meet Emirates’ needs for global long-haul travel.”

The new 777-9s and 777-8s are slated to replace retiring 777 aircraft, accommodating the airline’s future growth plans.

Emirates also adjusted its previous order for 30 Boeing 787-9s, increasing the commitment to a total of 35 Dreamliners, comprising 15 Boeing 787-10s and 20 Boeing 787-8s.

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