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Emirates Orders 30 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners With a List Value of $8.8 Billion

Updated: Jan 11, 2020

At the 2019 Dubai Airshow on Wednesday, Boeing received a substantial order from Emirates for 30 787-9 Dreamliners. The new order complements Emirates’ previous Boeing 777X family orders.

Emirates Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner - Courtesy Emirates

On Wednesday, Boeing and Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, announced an order for 30 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners with a list value of $8.8B. While Emirates initially signed an agreement for the larger 787-10 Dreamliner variant, today they selected the 787-9, adding a medium-sized widebody to complement the larger Boeing 777X aircraft in their future fleet. The Boeing widebody aircraft models selected by Emirates lead the industry for range and fuel efficiency in their respective classes. In Wednesday’s announcement, Emirates’ Chairman and Chief Executive, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, said,

“I am pleased to announce a firm order for 30 Boeing Dreamliners. This is an important investment and addition to our future fleet and it reflects Emirates’ continued efforts to provide the best quality air transport services to our customers. The 787s will complement our fleet mix by expanding our operational flexibility in terms of capacity, range and deployment. We are also pleased to reaffirm our commitment to the Boeing 777X programme and look forward to its entry into service. Our Boeing fleet is key to our business model to serve international demand for travel to and through our Dubai hub, as we continue to contribute to UAE’s strategy to become a global destination for business and tourism by providing high quality air connectivity.”

In Wednesday’s agreement, Emirates updated their large Boeing order book by converting 30 of their 126 777Xs on order to 787-9 Dreamliners. Emirates is the largest Boeing 777 operator in the world with a fleet of 155 currently in service. Also commenting on Wednesday’s order, Boeing President and CEO – Commercial Airplanes, Stan Deal said,

“We are excited to finalize this important order from one of the world’s leading airlines. Our agreement solidifies Emirates’ plan to operate the 787 Dreamliner and the 777X, which make up the most efficient and most capable widebody combination in the industry. It is an honor to build on our successful partnership with Emirates and continue to sustain many jobs at Boeing and our supplier partners.”

As explained in a separate Emirates Press Release, deliveries for the 787-9 Dreamliners will begin in May 2023 and continue through 2028. Over the next few weeks, Emirates will be in discussions with Boeing regarding the delivery status of their 777Xs. Emirates operates an all-widebody fleet of modern efficient aircraft, including the world’s largest fleet of Boeing 777s and iconic Airbus A380s. The award-winning airline serves 150 cities on six continents from its Dubai hub.

Source(s): Boeing, Emirates


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