On Wednesday morning at the Dubai Airshow, Emirates Airline closed a deal with Boeing for 30 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
Although the Dubai-based carrier previously signed an agreement for the higher-capacity 787-10 sub-model, it likely switched to the smaller variant in consideration of its near-simultaneous order with Airbus. On Monday, Emirates kicked off the week by signing a purchase agreement with Airbus for 50 A350-900 XWB aircraft.
“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.”His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Emirates Group
This agreement substitutes a tentative order for 30 777 aircraft. Nevertheless, the operator will fly the world’s largest fleet of 777X aircraft, with 126 remaining on its orderbook.
Emirates follows three other airlines that signed agreements related to the 787-9 during the Dubai Airshow. On Monday, Biman Bangladesh ordered two aircraft, and EgyptAir agreed to lease two additional aircraft from AerCap. Yesterday, the Republic of Ghana signed a Memorandum of Understanding for three aircraft of that type.