Emirates has celebrated the delivery of its 100th Boeing 777-300ER (extended range) aircraft.
The Dubai-based carrier placed its first order for the long-haul aircraft 20 years ago, and the model now forms the backbone of the Emirates fleet. And Emirates also has outstanding orders for a further 50 B777-300ERs, which will cement its position as the aircraft’s largest operator.
To date, more than 108 million passengers have flown on an Emirates B777-300ER.
“The Boeing 777-300ER is one of the most remarkable aircraft ever built, and its combination of efficiency, range and payload is second to none,” said Emirates’ president, Sir Tim Clark.
“We have 204 more Boeing 777s on order, which supports over 400,000 jobs in the United States of America, including those from various suppliers such as General Electric which provides the GE90 engines that power all of our 777-300ERs,” he added.
Emirates now operates a total of 142 B777s and is the only airline in the world to have a fleet containing all the different 777 types. And at the 2013 Dubai Airshow, Emirates became one of the launch customers for the new B777-X, purchasing 150 of the aircraft.
This new fuel-efficient aircraft will eventually be the successor to the existing B777 series, ensuring the relationship between Boeing and Emirates continues well into the future.
“We are proud of our long-term relationship with Emirates and for the confidence they have in Boeing’s products and services beginning with the 777 and continuing with the 777-X in the years to come,” said Boeing’s president & CEO, Ray Conner. “The operating economics and long-range capability of the 777-300ER have played a prominent role in the success of Emirates’ business strategy.”