Emirates makes record order for Boeing 777-300ER aircraft

Boeing and Dubai-based airline Emirates have announced an order for 50 Boeing 777-300ER (extended range) aircraft, plus options for an additional 20 jetliners.

According to a statement, the order — worth $18bn (£11bn) — is the single largest commercial aircraft order in Boeing’s history by dollar value. It also makes 2011 the best-selling year for the 777 programme, surpassing the previous record of 154 orders set in 2005.

With the Emirates order, the 2011 net order book for the 777 currently stands at 182. The options for 20 additional aircraft are valued at $8bn.

‘We have an ambitious and strategic plan to continue growing our international network and especially increasing our long-haul, non-stop routes,’ said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive of the Emirates Group. ‘This order supports our fleet expansion and reiterates our commitment to operating a modern fleet for the benefit of our passengers and to ensure operational efficiency as well.’

Emirates is the world’s largest 777 operator with a fleet of 94 777s through direct purchase and lease, plus additional unfilled orders on backlog for 41 777-300ERs previously on order. It is also the only airline in the world to operate every model in the Boeing 777 series, including the 777 Freighter.