Emirates Expands Fleet with Historic Boeing 777X and 787 Dreamliner Order
Dubai, UAE – In a groundbreaking development for the aviation industry, Emirates, the world's largest operator of Boeing 777 aircraft, has announced a massive order for 90 Boeing 777X airplanes, including 55 777-9 and 35 777-8 jets. This order, increasing Emirates' 777X family backlog to 205 planes, was revealed at the Dubai Airshow in a signing event attended by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, and Stan Deal, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
A New Era of Fleet Expansion
Emirates' latest order cements its position as the biggest operator of Boeing 777 aircraft. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum expressed pride in Emirates' long-standing involvement with the 777 program, highlighting the aircraft's central role in the airline's fleet and network strategy. The first 777-9 is expected to join Emirates' fleet in 2025, marking a significant step in the airline's ongoing commitment to connecting cities globally to Dubai.
The 777X Family: Efficiency and Performance
The 777X family, building on the success of the 777, is designed to maximize efficiency and environmental performance by 25%, while offering an exceptional onboard experience. The 777-9, the largest and most fuel-efficient twin-engine jet in the world, boasts the lowest operating cost per seat of any commercial airplane. It can seat 426 passengers in a typical two-class configuration, with a range of 13,510 km (7,295 nautical miles). The 777-8, seating 395 passengers, offers a range capability of up to 16,190 km (8,745 nautical miles), providing airlines with more revenue potential through increased payload and improved fuel efficiency.
Enhancing the 787 Dreamliner Fleet
In addition to the 777X order, Emirates has updated its 787 Dreamliner order book, purchasing five more 787 jets and growing its 787 backlog to 35. The airline is also converting 30 787-9s to 20 787-8 and 10 787-10 airplanes, aligning future capacity with demand. The 787 family is known for its versatility, superior efficiency, and comfort, reducing fuel use and emissions by up to 25% compared to today's similarly sized airplanes.
Boeing's Commitment to the Middle East
Boeing's 2023 Commercial Market Outlook forecasts that widebody airplanes will comprise 45% of deliveries to Middle East airlines over the next 20 years, the highest regional percentage worldwide. This trend reflects the region's role as a major global air transit hub, necessitating a higher proportion of widebody aircraft to carry larger passenger volumes.
Emirates' order for nearly 100 more Boeing widebody airplanes is a testament to the airline's ambitious growth strategy and commitment to offering an enhanced travel experience. As Emirates prepares to welcome these new aircraft into its fleet, the airline continues to set the standard for long-haul travel, reinforcing its position as a global aviation leader.