Emirates has signed a heads of agreement with
Airbus for 40 A330-900s and 30 A350-900 aircraft worth US$ 21.4
billion at list prices.
The A330neos and A350s will be delivered to
Emirates starting from 2021 and 2024 respectively.
In addition, Emirates
has reduced its outstanding A380 order from 162 to 123 aircraft. The airline will receive
14 more A380s from 2019 until the end of 2021. After which,
Airbus has decided to end production of the passenger-pleasing
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum,
Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, said, “Emirates’ fleet strategy to operate
a young, modern, and efficient all-widebody fleet remains
unchanged. The 40 A330neos and 30 A350s that we are ordering today
will complement Emirates’ fleet mix, support our network growth,
and give us more flexibility to better serve seasonal or
opportunistic demand. Both the A330neos and A350s will play an
important role in our future fleet and network plans.”
A330neos will be deployed on Emirates’ regional destinations, and
also enable the airline to serve smaller airports and thereby open
new routes and connectivity for its global network.
The A350s will
supplement Emirates’ long-haul operations, providing the carrier
with added flexibility in terms of capacity deployment on 8 to 12
hour missions from its Dubai hub.