Boeing received a blockbuster order from Dubai-based Emirates Airlines. Today Middle East carrier Emirates Airlines announced an order for 30 Boeing 777-300ERs at Farnborough International Airshow.
Already Emirates is the world’s largest 777 operator, with a fleet of 86 777s through direct purchase and lease. Chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airlines Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said, “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.”
Bloomberg News notes, “Middle Eastern carriers including Emirates and Qatar Airways have become major buyers of commercial aircraft as they seek to use their geographical advantage to build a global network. Emirates can reach 95% of the world’s population from Dubai on an A380, according to Airbus.”
Emirates has signed a 12-year OnPoint(SM) solution services agreement for the maintenance and overhaul of its GE90-115B engines. The contract is worth more than $1 billion (USD).