Emirates Airlines Places The Order Valued At $9.1 Billion
Dubai-based Emirates airline placed an order with Boeing Monday
for an additional 30 777-300ER aircraft, worth approximately $9.1
billion in list prices. The new order adds to the fleet of 71
777-300ERs previously ordered, of which 53 aircraft are currently
His Highness (H.H.) Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Prime
Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and
Ruler of Dubai, witnessed the signing at the Farnborough Air Show.
The agreement was signed between H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed
Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and
Group and Jim Albaugh, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial
Airplanes. Emirates Group senior executives, including Maurice
Flanagan, Executive Vice Chairman Emirates Airline & Group; Tim
Clark, President Emirates Airline and Gary Chapman, President Group
Services and Dnata, were also present at the event.
"Emirates is the world's largest operator of 777s and this
latest order, adding to 71 777-300ERs previously ordered, affirms
Emirates' strategy to become a world leading carrier and to further
establish Dubai as a central gateway to worldwide air travel," said
H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum. "Our latest deal signals
Emirates' confidence in the growth of the thriving aviation sector
and our commitment to building a modern, environmentally efficient
fleet for tomorrow," he added.
The 777-300ER will be operated in a three-class configuration
with eight First class suites, 42 Business class seats and 310
Economy class seats and offers an additional cargo payload of 20.1
tons. Emirates has 86 777s in service - three -200s, six -200ERs,
10 -200LRs, 12 -300s, 53 -300ERs and two freighters.
"Emirates is today one of the world's leading airlines thanks in
part to the 777. Its ambitious expansion plans have established
itself as a global force in the aviation sector," said Jim Albaugh,
president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "Emirates has
played an important role in the 777's success with its significant
support of the program and valuable feedback over the years.
Today's order serves to underscore the airline's confidence in the
airplane, which forms the mainstay of its fleet."