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Emirates takes delivery of Two Boeing 777s

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Emirates has taken delivery of two Boeing 777 aircraft. The arrival of both long-range models, a Boeing 777-200LR and 777-300ER, brings Emirates all-wide bodied passenger fleet to 111 aircraft, and adds a further 620 seats to the fast-growing airlines capacity.

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group said, Our latest two 777s are a welcome addition to the fleet. It is not often an airline receives delivery of two wide-bodied aircraft, together worth over US$500 million, in a single day. The 777s are the mainstay of our ultra long-range operations, allowing Emirates to expand our global route network and connect Dubai with non-stop flights to almost anywhere in the world.

The two new jets will be deployed on Emirates long-haul routes, and have already been earmarked for its first journeys to North and South America.

Emirates received its first 777, a Boeing 777-200, in 1996. Today, the airline has 63 Boeing 777s in its modern fleet, and it is set to become the worlds largest 777 operator with another 39 of these jets, worth US$ 10.1 billion at list prices, on order.

Both brand-new 777s have been equipped with Emirates award-winning ice Digital Widescreen system in all classes, which delivers over 1,000 channels of on-demand entertainment on personal digital TV screens.

In a three-class cabin configuration, Emirates 777-200LR offers eight private suites in First Class, 42 lie-flat massage seats in Business Class, and 216 ergonomically designed seats in Economy Class. The 777-300ER also features private suites and lie-flat seats in the premium classes, in addition to 304 seats in Economy.

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