Emirates has announced a $40 billion deal to purchase 90 Boeing 777X jets, in a major boost for the aircraft manufacturer at the Dubai Airshow.
The deal, which includes options for 30 additional aircraft, is the largest order for the 777X program to date. It comes as Emirates is looking to expand its fleet and replace its aging A380 superjumbos.
The 777X is a new generation of twin-engine widebody aircraft that is designed to be more fuel-efficient and have a longer range than its predecessors.
It is also expected to be quieter and offer a more comfortable passenger experience.
The first deliveries of the 777X are expected to begin in 2025. Emirates said that it will use the aircraft to expand its network of long-haul destinations and to increase capacity on its existing routes.
The deal is a major victory for Boeing, which has been struggling to sell the 777X in recent years. The program has been delayed by several years, and Boeing has been forced to offer significant discounts to airlines in order to win orders.
The deal is also a sign of the growing importance of the Middle East aviation market. Emirates and other Gulf carriers have become major players in the global airline industry, and they are increasingly investing in new aircraft.
The Dubai Airshow is one of the world’s largest aerospace exhibitions, and it is a major showcase for new aircraft and technologies. The show is expected to attract over 100,000 visitors from around the world.sharemore_vert