Emirates signed a deal with Boeing for fourty 787-10 Dreamliners on November 12 at Dubai Airshow. The commitment for the aircraft and the equipment is for $15.1 billion at current prices.
The deal is of great importance for Boeing, since the Dubai-based carrier has previously chosen Airbus A350-900 and A350-1000 for its fleet renewal and expansion but cancelled the order back in 2014 due to delays in the program.
“We are excited that Emirates has selected the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner to power its fleet expansion and future growth. This is an airplane that will set a new benchmark for operating economics in the commercial aviation industry when it enters service next year,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & CEO Kevin McAllister. “Emirates’ endorsement of the 787 Dreamliner extends our long-standing partnership and will sustain many jobs in the United States.”
Emirates, who is the largest Boeing 777 operator in the world, will complement its fleet with the 787-10, which is a medium twin-isle jet offering 25% better fuel efficiency and less emissions than the aircradt it will replace.
“Emirates’ orders today will be delivered from 2022, taking the airline well into the 2030s. Some of these will be replacements so that we maintain a young and efficient fleet, and others will power our future network growth. We see the 787 as a great complement to our 777 and A380 fleet, providing us with more flexibility to serve a range of destinations as we develop our global route network,” said His Highness Sheik Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline and Group.