Emirates Airline signs a purchase agreement with Airbus for 50 A350-900s and Boeing for 30 B787-9 aircraft following “thorough” fleet review by the carrier.
The A350-900 order, worth USD 16 billion at list prices, supercedes an agreement signed in February where Emirates announced its intent to purchase 30 A350s and 40 A330Neos, which are no longer in the cards. Deliveries of the A350-900s are scheduled between May 2023 and 2028.
The B787-9 order, worth USD 8.8 billion at list prices, sees Emirates pare back its B777X order from 150 to 126 as delays in the development of the new B777 variant continue to frustrate the Dubai-based carrier. Deliveries of the B787-9s will start in May 2023 until 2028.
“Today, we are pleased to sign a firm order for 50 A350 XWBs, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines,” says Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of the Emirates Group. “This follows a thorough review of various aircraft options and of our own fleet plans. It is Emirates’ long-standing strategy to invest in modern and efficient aircraft, and we are confident in the performance of the A350 XWB.
“Complementing our A380s and B777s, the A350s will give us added operational flexibility in terms of capacity, range and deployment. In effect, we are strengthening our business model to provide efficient and comfortable air transport services to, and through, our Dubai hub.”
“The 787s will complement our fleet mix by expanding our operational flexibility in terms of capacity, range and deployment to connect new city pairs and expand frequencies,” he adds in reference to the Boeing order.
Sheikh Ahmed adds: “This deal reflects our confidence in the future of the UAE’s aviation sector, and is a strong affirmation of Dubai’s strategy to be a global nexus connected to cities, communities and economies via a world-class and modern aviation sector.”
Guillaume Faury, Airbus CEO comments: “We are honoured by Emirates’ strong vote of confidence in our newest widebody aircraft, taking our partnership to the next level. The A350 will bring unbeatable economics and environmental benefits to their fleet.”