Flag carrier of United Arab Emirates – Emirates & its sister airline – FlyDubai has opted for more Boeing widebody aircraft. FlyDubai, which used to operate only narrowbody Boeing 737 jets has now placed an order for widebody jets as well.
More Boeing widebodies for Emirates
Emirates has placed a follow up order for the Boeing 777x aircraft. However, the huge widebody jet has been certified yet but Emirates continues to rely on it for its future operations. The airline has placed an order of 90 Boeing 777X aircraft, which includes 55 Boeing 777-9s & 35 Boeing 777-8 jets. The Boeing 777X order has been valued at $52 billion.
The Boeing 777X is a super big and efficient aircraft made by Boeing. It has two types: the 777-8 and the even bigger 777-9. The 777-9 is one of the longest planes ever. The cool thing about it is the wings. They can fold, which helps the plane be super efficient.
GE9X powers this big aircraft. It’s the biggest and one of the most powerful engine for planes ever made.
Boeing 787 order
Apart from the ultra long haul Boeing 777X, Emirates has also opted for currently in production Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets. The airline has placed an order for 35 Boeing 787 Dreamliner. This order consists of 20 Boeing 787-8 & 15 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner aircraft.
Earlier, the airline had 30 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner jets on order but that order now stands cancelled. Choosing the Boeing 787 can also serve as a stopgap measure in case the Boeing 777X program becomes messier in the future.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a super cool airplane. It’s really good for long trips and is very fuel efficient. Special carbon composite materials make it awesome by ensuring it’s super fuel-efficient and comfy for passengers. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet has big windows, not-too-noisy engines, and a really smart design to save money for airlines. It can carry 242-330 passengers.
It will be interesting to see if the airline opts for Airbus A350 as well as rumours say that the airline is in talks with Airbus for a follow up order for Airbus widebody as well.