Emirates announced its commitment to order 95 additional widebody aircraft from Boeing at the Dubai Airshow on November 13, 2023.
The order, valued at $52 billion, brings Emirates’ order book from Boeing to a total of 295 aircraft.
The deal was announced at a signing event attended by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, and Stan Deal, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
“From day 1, Emirates’ business model has been to operate modern and efficient wide-body aircraft capable of carrying large numbers of travelers comfortably and safely, over long distances to and via Dubai. Today’s aircraft orders reflect that strategy,” Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said in a press statement.
He added: “These additional aircraft will enable Emirates to connect even more cities, supporting the Dubai economic agenda D33 set out by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to add 400 cities to Dubai’s foreign trade map over the next decade. By the early 2030s, we expect the Emirates fleet to be around 350-strong, connecting Dubai to even more cities around the world.”
“This order is an incredible vote of confidence in Boeing’s highly efficient widebody family and the versatility of our 777X and 787 airplanes to meet Emirates’ needs for global long-haul travel,” Deal said.
“The 777-9 and 777-8 are the perfect airplanes to support Emirates’ growth, improving environmental performance and unmatched payload capability along the way,” Deal added.
According to Boeing, the 777-9 will be the largest and most fuel-efficient twin-engine jet in the world, with the lowest operating cost per seat of any commercial airplane.
Emirates is the world’s largest operator of the B777 aircraft. The 777 remains the backbone of the carrier’s operations, capable of flights of up to 18 hours.
The new 777-9s and 777-8s will replace Emirates’ retiring 777 aircraft, and provision for the airline’s growth plans.
Emirates also updated its previous order of 30 Boeing 787-9s, increasing its commitment to a total of 35 Dreamliners comprising 15 Boeing 787-10s and 20 Boeing 787-8s.