Emirates Airline has placed an order for 50 Boeing 777-300ERs, plus options for an additional 20 of the twin-aisle passenger plane. The order, with a value of US$18 billion (INR899 billion), is the single largest commercial airplane order in Boeing’s history by dollar value. With the Emirates order, the 2011 net order book for the 777 currently stands at 182, while the options for 20 additional aircraft are valued at US$8 billion.
“The 777’s reliability, performance and operating economics have firmly established it as the backbone of our fleet,” said HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al Maktoum, Chairman & Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group. “We have an ambitious and strategic plan to continue growing our international network and especially increasing our long-haul, non-stop routes. 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.”