The Dubai Airshow is upon us, which means many jets will be ordered in the week ahead. One of the announcements that is expected is from the UAE major, Emirates, which has been a long-standing Boeing customer.
Emirates expected to top up with more Boeing 777X aircraft orders.
The Emirates fleet currently operates with only two aircraft types: the Boeing 777 and the Airbus A380, with the airline being the largest customer of the A380s around the globe. Emirates still has 115 A380s in its fleet and expects to keep them in service till 2041.
But for the next wave of fleet renewals, Emirates has three sets of aircraft ordered:
- 50 Airbus A350-900s on order, expected to be delivered from 2024 onwards
- 30 Boeing 787-9s on order, expected to be delivered from 2025 onwards
- 115 Boeing 777Xs on order, expected to be delivered from 2025 onwards
Emirates announced an order for 150 Boeing 777X in 2013, finalising it in 2014 with 115 of the 777-9X variant and 35 of the 777-8X, plus purchase rights on another 50. Further, Emirates converted six orders of the 777-300ER to the 777X later, making an outstanding order of 156 Boeing 777X aircraft. At the Dubai Airshow 2017, Boeing also started discussions for 40 Boeing 787-10 aircraft.
At the Dubai Airshow 2019, Emirates and Boeing signed a purchase agreement for 30 Boeing 787-9 aircraft. Under the agreement, Emirates substituted some outstanding Boeing 777x orders with Boeing 787s. Per the deal, 787-9s would be delivered from May 2023 through 2028.
Now, despite the delays of the 777X, Emirates is coming around with the prospect of ordering more of these aircraft as it may not see any more new widebody aircraft on the horizon anytime soon. Emirates was earlier not happy with the delays with the 777X.
Bloomberg reports that Boeing will receive a larger deal for the 777X widebody model from Emirates as the Dubai Airshow opens today. The 787, which the airline ordered four years ago, might just be handed over to regional carrier FlyDubai, which only operates the 737-800 and MAX narrowbody aircraft.
Emirates is stated to order more of the Boeing 777X aircraft at the start of the Dubai Airshow while letting go of their 787-9 aircraft on order, which city-based FlyDubai might take up instead. This will mark the doubling down of Boeing to find their next big plane to replace the A380 when it’s gone, apart from the replacements for the 777s, some of which will last another 15-20 years only.
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