After making a deal with Airbus for 50 A350s, Dubai-based Emirates announced another order with US aircraft manufacturer Boeing.
As part of a new deal announced at the Dubai Airshow, Emirates will acquire 30 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and reduce its initially planned order of over 150 777x aircraft to 126. At list prices, the order is estimated to be worth around USD $8.8 Billion.
Emirates is opting for substitution rights as the 777x program has experienced delays including engine problems and technical issues found during testing.
With the Airbus order, Emirates' orders during the Dubai Airshow is valued at around USD $24.8 Billion.
“I am pleased to announce firm order for 30 Boeing Dreamliners. This is an important investment and addition to our future fleet and it reflects Emirates’ continued efforts to provide the best quality air transport services to our customers. The 787s will complement our fleet mix by expanding our operational flexibility in terms of capacity, range and deployment. We are also pleased to reaffirm our commitment to the Boeing 777X programme and look forward to its entry into service," said Emirates CEO Shiekh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.
The 787s will be deployed on medium and long-haul routes with the first of the aircraft expected to be delivered in 2023.
The new 787/777x deal at the Dubai Airshow is more good news for Boeing as it has spent the year facing scrutiny over the 737 MAX program. During the airshow, Boeing secured orders for 787s and 737 MAX jets.
“We are excited to finalize this important order from one of the world’s leading airlines. Our agreement solidifies Emirates’ plan to operate the 787 Dreamliner and the 777X, which make up the most efficient and most capable widebody combination in the industry. It is an honor to build on our successful partnership with Emirates and continue to sustain many jobs at Boeing and our supplier partners," said Boeing Commercial Aircraft Chief Stanley Deal.