Airbus and Boeing vie for major new order from Emirates

Airbus and Boeing vie for major new order from Emirates

Emirates management considers three specific models for a new order. These are the Airbus A350, the Boeing 777–9 and most likely the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. This became known on the sidelines of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) conference in Istanbul.

How many aircraft of each brand the carrier from the UAE intends to order is unknown, as well as the total number of aircraft. Experts agree that to implement the fleet renewal program, which will last until the 2030s, Emirates will need 100 to 150 new aircraft.

The airline already has an order for 200 passenger aircraft, including 50 Airbus A350-900s, 115 Boeing 777X and 30 Boeing 787–9 Dreamliner. 

Note. That no Airbus A330neo appears on Emirates' list. The airline ordered it in 2019 for use as a regional aircraft, but then the deal was amended and the A330neo was abandoned in favor of the A350.

Emirates is expected to receive its first A350 next year, while the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and 777X are due to join its fleet in 2025.

The 777X is actually the 777–8 and 777–9 , is the most controversial part of the contract, because it was originally assumed that their deliveries would begin as early as 2020. Boeing has run into major certification issues, much to the carrier's dismay, but now both sides seem confident that shipping will begin in late 2025.

However, Emirates actually has some time before it needs to worries about the future without its flagship A380 aircraft, Emirates intends to start phasing out its A380s only in 2032. Especially since Superjumbo has done a great job of cementing the ultra-luxury airline's reputation in the minds of many travelers.

It's very interesting what Emirates has up its sleeve to get customers on board with its new generation of aircraft. Will they have unique showers and full-sized bars, for example.

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