Emirates Airline, based in Dubai, has announced plans to enhance its long-haul fleet by acquiring 95 widebody jets from Boeing. This move comes as a response to the growing demand for global travel in the upcoming years.
According to the statement made by both Boeing and Emirates on Monday, the airline has placed orders for 55 of Boeing's 777-9 jets, 35 of their 777-8 jets, and an additional five 787 Dreamliner jets. Although the financial details have not been publicly disclosed, it is common for buyers to enjoy significant discounts with such substantial orders.
Emirates' order will effectively increase their 777X backlog to a total of 205 jets, and their 787 order book will now consist of 35 jets. With almost 150 Boeing 777 aircraft currently in their fleet, Emirates proudly holds the title of the largest operator of these planes worldwide.
Boeing's 777-9 jet boasts a typical seating capacity of 426 passengers and can cover a range of up to 13,510 kilometers. On the other hand, the 777-8 accommodates 395 passengers and can reach distances of up to 16,190 kilometers. It is interesting to note that this aircraft model, first flown in 1994, has faced multiple challenges and delays but remains a best-selling option for buyers.
The news about this substantial purchase was officially announced during a signing event at the Dubai Airshow.
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