Emirates Orders 30 Boeing 777-300ERs

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Emirates has placed an order with Boeing for an additional 30 777-300ER aircraft, worth approximately US$9.1 billion (AED 33.4 billion) in list prices. The new order adds to the fleet of 71 777-300ERs previously ordered, of which 53 aircraft are currently in service.

Emirates is already the world's largest 777 operator with a fleet of 86 777s through direct purchase and lease, plus an additional 16 777-300ERs previously on order. It is also the only airline in the world to operate every model in the Boeing 777 family, including the 777 Freighter.

The 777-300ER will be operated in a three-class configuration with eight First class suites, 42 Business class seats and 310 Economy class seats and offers an additional cargo payload of 20.1 tonnes.

"Since we took delivery of our first 777 14 years ago, the airplane's reliability, performance and operating economics have firmly established it as the backbone of our fleet," said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates Airline and Group. "Our decision to further expand our 777 fleet reflects our plans to continue to build our fleet of the future and grow our expansive global network, which already spans six continents. It also demonstrates our commitment to operating a modern fleet that not only enhances the passenger experience but our operational efficiency as well."

Emirates took delivery of its first Boeing 777, a 777-200, in 1996, and since then the airline has deployed the 777 on short, medium and long-haul routes.

The 777-300ER extends the 777 family's span of capabilities. The airplane carries 365 passengers up to 7,930 nautical miles (14,685 km).

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