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Emirates orders 30 Boeing 777-300ERs worth Dh33.4b

Emirates orders 30 Boeing 777-300ERs worth Dh33.4b

19-07-2010

Emirates order for 30 Boeing 777-300ER is a key feature of the opening day of the Farnborough Air Show

Farnborough: Emirates has placed an order with Boeing for an additional 30 777-300ER aircraft, worth approximately $9.1 billion (Dh33.4 billion) in list prices.

The new order adds to the fleet of 71 777-300ERs previously ordered, of which 53 aircraft are currently in service.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, witnessed the signing at the Farnborough Air Show.

The agreement was signed between Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, and Jim Albaugh, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Emirates Group senior executives, including Maurice Flanagan, Executive Vice Chairman Emirates Airline and Group; Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline and Gary Chapman, President Group Services and Dnata, were also present at the event.

"Emirates is the world's largest operator of 777s and this latest order, adding to 71 777-300ERs previously ordered, affirms Emirates' strategy to become a world leading carrier and to further establish Dubai as a central gateway to worldwide air travel," said Shaikh Ahmad.

"Our latest deal signals Emirates' confidence in the growth of the thriving aviation sector and our commitment to building a modern, environmentally efficient fleet for tomorrow," he added.

Fact file: Farnborough air show 

The last edition of the UK show broke records with $88.7 billion worth of orders announced.

The Farnborough Air Show, which takes place biennially over a week in July, comes a month after the ILA Berlin Air Show.The highlight of the German air show was an $11 billion surprise order for 32 Airbus 380s by Emirates.