17th November, 2013
Emirates Airline placed an order on Sunday for 150 Boeing 777X long-haul aircraft on Sunday, in a contract the Dubai-based carrier said was valued at $76 billion. Emirates also ordered 50 Airbus A380 superjumbos for $23 billion
The Boeing order is accompanied with an option for 50 more units, Emirates chief executive Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum announced at the Dubai Airshow.
Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways also placed an order for 56 Boeing aircraft, including 25 yet-to-be launched long-haul 777X passenger jets.
The order was part of a deal including options for 26 planes, with a total value of $25.2 billion, Etihad chief executive James Hogan said in a joint news conference at the airshow.
The order includes also 30 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners, making Etihad the largest customer for the plane with 41 previous orders.
It also includes an order for one 777-200 freighter.
Etihad’s order for the future 777X airliner, a long-range jet capable of handling 350 to 400 passengers, includes 17 of the larger 777-9X model and eight 777-8Xs.
“Today is an important day in the history of Etihad,” said Hogan.