Boeing and Emirates, one of the world’s largest airlines, announced a commitment to purchase 40 787-10 Dreamliners at the 2017 Dubai Airshow yesterday. The deal, including airplanes and related equipment, is valued at $15.1 billion at current list prices.
Emirates is the world’s largest Boeing 777 operator and will be the first to receive the new 777X in 2020. In selecting the 787-10, Emirates complements their 777 fleet with a medium twin-aisle airplane that offers 25 percent better fuel efficiency per seat and emissions than the airplanes it replaces.
“Emirates’ orders today will be delivered from 2022, taking the airline well into the 2030s. Some of these will be replacements so that we maintain a young and efficient fleet, and others will power our future network growth. We see the 787 as a great complement to our 777 and A380 fleet, providing us with more flexibility to serve a range of destinations as we develop our global route network,” said Sheik Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline and Group.
The 787-10 is the largest member of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner family. More than 65 customers have ordered more than 1,275 Dreamliners to date. Emirates’ commitment pushes the total number of new 787 orders and commitments this year to more than 180; and more than 210 orders and commitments for the 787-10 overall. The 787-10 Dreamliner is 5.5 meters longer than the 787-9 yet shares more than 95% commonality with its smaller sibling.