Emirates orders 787-9s reduces 777X commitment

November 20, 2019

Emirates has ordered 30 787-9s, valued at $8.8 billion at list prices firming up an early commitment.

The deal signed at the Dubai Airshow, culminates discussions between the two companies on the best 787 model to meet the requirements of one of the world’s leading airlines.

It had previously signed an initial agreement for the larger 787-10 variant.

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HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates Chairman and Chief Executive said: “I am pleased to announce a 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.”

Emirates / Boeing press conference. Credit: Updesh Kapur @updeshkapur

Sheikh Ahmed added: “Our Boeing fleet is key to our business model to serve international demand for travel to and through our Dubai hub, as we continue to contribute to the UAE’s strategy to become a global destination for business and tourism by providing high quality air connectivity.”

As part of the agreement, the airline will exercise substitution rights and converting 30 777X aircraft into 30 787-9s.

With this conversion, Emirates remains the world’s biggest 777X customer with 126 aircraft on order and the largest 777 operator with 155 aircraft today.

“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,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & CEO Stan Deal.

“It is an honor to build on our successful partnership with Emirates and continue to sustain many jobs at Boeing and our supplier partners.”