Emirates expands 777 fleet

Boeing and Emirates today said the Dubai-based airline will order up to 13 Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) aeroplanes valued at $2.96 billion dollars.

Boeing and Emirates today said the Dubai-based airline will order up to 13 Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) aeroplanes valued at $2.96 billion dollars at list price.

Four of the aeroplanes are on firm order and will be delivered during 2006. The rest are covered by purchase rights that extend through to 2012.

“The 777-300ER sets the standard in its class for performance and comfort, making it the natural fit for Emirates as they expand their service across the globe,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally. “We’re honoured that Emirates is making the 777 a foundation of its significant fleet expansion.”

Emirates, which now operates 21 Boeing 777s, next year begins receiving a separate group of 777-300ERs from leasing companies. At that point it will operate the 777-200, 777-200ER, 777-300, and the 777-300ER, becoming the third airline to operate the four 777 models.

Boeing says Emirates, which currently serves 77 destinations, will use the 777-300ER to extend routes to key European and Asian cities.

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