Emirates has signed a $15.1 billion deal with Boeing for 40 new Dreamliners.
Speaking at the Dubai Airshow 2017 where the deal was signed, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates airline and group said delivery of the 787-10 aircraft will start in 2022 and last well into the 2030s.
The aircraft will be used to replace existing aircraft while also further developing the airline’s route strategy.
Sheikh Ahmed said: “We see the 787 as a great complement to our 777 and A380 fleet, providing us with more flexibility to serve a range of destinations as we develop our global route network.
“It has always been Emirates’ strategy to invest in the most advanced and efficient aircraft, and today’s orders reflect that. Today’s announcement is also speaks to our confidence in the future of aviation in the UAE and the region.”
Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and chief executive Kevin McAllister added: “We are excited that Emirates has selected the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner to power its fleet expansion and future growth.
“This is an airplane that will set a new benchmark for operating economics in the commercial aviation industry when it enters service next year.
“Emirates’ endorsement of the 787 Dreamliner extends our long-standing partnership and will sustain many jobs in the US.”
Emirates is evaluating engine options for its Dreamliner order.
Emirates’ agreement includes conversion rights to switch the aircraft to 787-9s, offering the airline additional flexibility for its future fleet and global network.
Emirates’ Dreamliners will be delivered in a mix of two and three-cabin class configurations, potentially seating between 240 and 330 passengers.