Dubai Air Show 2023 edition is over & Emirates order was one of ths biggest highlights in this season. The airline placed a total order of 140 jets with both major manufacturers.
Dubai : Emirates Air Show
In terms of orders placed, one can also say that this was not Dubai Air Show, it was Emirates Air Show. The airline signed purchase agreements for 140 widebody jets. This includes agreements with both major manufacturers – Boeing & Airbus.
Talking about the deals, the airline placed orders for following jets :
- 15 Airbus A350-900
- 55 Boeing 777-9X
- 35 Boeing 777-8X
- 20 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
- 15 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner
Apart from this, the sister airline FlyDubai also ordered 30 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner jets marking its first ever venture into the widebody market.
Emirates Chied Executive Officer Tim Clark earlier hinted that the airline will not go for the Airbus A350 order as the engine used in the Airbus A350-1000 series is facing some technical issues. However, by surprise, the airline also placed an Airbus A350 order. But this order is of Airbus A350-900 jets, which is not facing any problems.
Emirates already had 50 Airbus A350-900 jets on order, With this additional 15 A359 order, the airline’s total orderbook for the Airbus A350 series is 65. We all know that Airbus has stopped publishing the prices of the order. But in its press release, Emirates said that this order has a value of $6 billion. First Airbus A350-900 jet delivery expected in August 2024.
With this agreement, we mark another significant advancement in the long-standing relationship between Emirates and Airbus, said Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International at Airbus. This is a partnership built on the pursuit of operational excellence, efficiency, and innovation. We are just as proud of what the A350 will accomplish in the years to come as we were of the A380’s establishment as the centerpiece of Emirates operations.
Enough talks about the Airbus order, now lets talk about the biggie. Of course, Boeing bagged the biggest deal in this Dubai Air Show. Emirates placed an order of 125 widebody jets with Boeing. This includes the currently not certified Boeing 777X jet as well as Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
The airline has placed an order for 55 Boeing 777-9, 35 Boeing 777-8, 20 Boeing 787-8 & 15 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner jets. While the airline is constantly banking on the Boeing 777X order, the Boeing 788 order comes surprisingly. The airline is anticipating delivery of first Boeing 777X in 2025.
This order solidifies Emirates’ position as the largest operator of Boeing 777 aircraft, according to HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and CEO of Emirates Airline and Group. He said – From the beginning of the 777 program until the most recent generation of 777X aircraft, we have been actively involved. Emirates’ fleet and network strategy, which connects cities on every continent nonstop to Dubai, has revolved around the 777. We are happy to continue working with Boeing, and we anticipate having the first 777-9 in our fleet in 2025.