Emirates has signed a purchase agreement for 50
A350-900s, worth US$ 16 billion (AED 58.7 billion) at list prices.
The deal replaces the heads of agreement signed
in February where Emirates announced its intent to purchase 30
A350s and 40 A330neos.
Powered by two Rolls-Royce Trent XWB
engines, the Airbus A350-900 has a range of up to 15,000 km that will enable Emirates to serve a range of new markets, not
only in region but also on long-haul missions of up to 15 hours of
flying time from Dubai.
Emirates intends to equip its A350s with
its latest products, and offer different cabin configurations
including Premium Economy.
agreement was signed at the Dubai Airshow 2019 by His Highness Sheikh
Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and Guillaume Faury, Airbus Chief
Guillaume Faury, Airbus Chief Executive Officer,
said, “We are honoured by
Emirates’ strong vote of confidence in our newest widebody
aircraft, taking our partnership to the next level. The A350 will
bring unbeatable economics and environmental benefits to their
look forward to seeing the A350 flying in Emirates colours!”
Emirates currently operates an all wide-body
fleet comprising the iconic
Airbus A380 and Boeing 777.
From its hub in Dubai, the airline serves over
150 cities on six continents.
HH Sheikh Ahmed, said, “Today, we are pleased
to sign a firm order for 50 A350 XWBs, powered by Rolls-Royce
Trent XWB engines. This follows a thorough review of various
aircraft options and of our own fleet plans. It is Emirates’
long-standing strategy to invest in modern and efficient aircraft,
and we are confident in the performance of the A350 XWB. Complementing our A380s and 777s, the A350s will give us added
operational flexibility in terms of capacity, range and
deployment. In effect, we are strengthening our business model to
provide efficient and comfortable air transport services to, and
through, our Dubai hub.”