In yet another sign that the airline industry is rebounding post-pandemic, Emirates has placed a $52 billion order for new aircraft.
Already the world’s biggest operator of wide-body passenger aircraft, the company has ordered an additional 95 planes, taking its total order book to 295.
The order includes 55 additional 777-9s and 35 777-8s. This takes the airline’s 777-X order book to a total of 205 units.
The airline stated the additional planes will power its growth plans, maintain a modern efficient fleet and deliver the best flying experience to its customers.
Speaking at the Dubai airshow, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates airline and Group, said the order would help 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,” he added.
“"From day one, Emirates’ business model has been to operate modern and efficient wide-body aircraft capable of carrying large numbers of travellers comfortably and safely, over long distances to and via Dubai. Today’s aircraft orders reflect that strategy.”
With this latest order, Emirates is also set to be one of the launch customers of the 777-8 passenger variant, with first deliveries expected in 2030.
Emirates has 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.
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