In another large order for Airbus, Dubai-based Emirates announced it has placed an order for 50 Airbus A350-900 XWB worth around AED 58.7 Billion (USD $16 Billion) in list prices.
Emirates announcement was made during the Dubai Airshow and follows an original plan made public earlier this year to acquire a mix of 70 aircraft including 40 A350s and 30 A330-900neos. The airline expects the new jet orders would join the Emirates fleet currently made up of Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 aircraft starting May 2023.
While the airline will be adding more Airbus aircraft, Emirates has previously ordered 150 Boeing 777x (-8/-9), which has faced delays due to engine issues.
With a range of 15,000 kilometers (8,100 miles) and a capacity of over 300 passengers, the A350-900s' fuel efficiency and long range could be used as a substitute for the Boeing 777s on Emirates' global network which makes up majority of the airline's fleet.
The aircraft will also help Emirates in its expansion plans as it has recently announced plans to expand its presence in Africa, and the Dubai-based carrier recently got permission to launch flights between Dubai and Mexico City.