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Boeing Wins $26B Order From Emirates Airlines

Sunday, 13 Nov 2011 05:33 PM

Boeing Co. secured the biggest order yet in its almost 100-year history after signing a $26 billion agreement with Emirates for as many as 70 777 aircraft that extends the Middle East carrier’s already dominant fleet.

The accord, signed at the Dubai Air Show today, includes firm orders for 50 aircraft valued at $18 billion, and the rest as options, Emirates Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said. Deliveries will start in 2015, and the Dubai-based carrier will retire some older aircraft, he said.

“We have an ambitious and strategic plan to continue growing our international network and especially increasing our long-haul, non-stop routes,” Sheikh Ahmed said.

Emirates is already the largest operator of the 777, which seats about 365 people, with 94 aircraft in its fleet and an order backlog of another 41. The carrier is also the biggest buyer of the Airbus SAS A380 double-decker jumbo, with 90 on order. Emirates has turned itself into the world’s leading airline by international traffic, using its location in Dubai as a multi-directional hub to service global destinations.

The 777 is Boing’s most profitable program, and the company is increasing monthly production to keep up with demand. Boeing said the accord with Emirates contributed to the best year yet for the 777, surpassing a record of 154 units ordered in 2005.

‘Extremely Proud’

“This is an extremely proud moment for us as it not only underscores Emirates’ ongoing confidence in the 777 but also makes this the single largest order by dollar value in Boeing’s history,” said Jim Albaugh, the head of Boeing’s commercial-jet subsidiary.

The airline is considering a variety of financing options, including export credit, Sheikh Ahmed said. The carrier remains committed to the Airbus A350, which will compete with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner as well as the 777, Emirates said at the press briefing today.

Airbus said last week that entry into service of the mid- sized variant of the 350 will be as much as six months late and come in the first half of 2014, after already delaying the largest variant, the A350-1000 earlier this year to add more thrust.

Emirates will also study if it requires more A380s, Sheikh Ahmed said. The carrier now has 17 of its 90 A380s in service.

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