Emirates have kicked off the Dubai Airshow in style, with an order from Boeing for a grand total of 50 (Yes, 50) Boeing 777-300ER’s
At list, the order is worth $18 Billion. Knowing Emirates, they probably got a knock-down on that price.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and CEO of Emirates states
“The 777’s reliability, performance and operating economics have firmly established it as the backbone of our fleet,”
The order makes it the largest order it has made for Boeing Aircraft. Emirates state that they wish to
“expand our long haul destinations and continue to excel as a world leading carrier, connecting the world to Dubai and beyond”.
So yes, I think we can guess what Emirates is going to do with these birds – replace older birds when their time comes, and swap out with newer aircraft when ready.
And again – this stamps the solidity of the 777-300ER programme, and how it competes against it’s own 747-8I programme.