Sunday, November 13, 2011
On Sunday, Boeing and Dubai-based Emirates Airline announced an order for 50 Boeing 777-300ERs planes. The order, worth $18 billion, makes this the single largest commercial airplane order in Boeing's history by dollar value. The deal also includes an options for 20 additional airplanes valued at $8 billion.
This new order makes 2011 the best-selling year for the 777 program. Over the year, Boeing has received orders for 182 of the popular twin-aisle commercial jetline.
Emirates is the world's largest 777 operator with a fleet of 94 777s through direct purchase and lease. It is also the only airline in the world to operate every model in the Boeing 777 family, including the 777 Freighter.
"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, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "As the largest operator of the 777 in the world, Emirates has played an important role in development of the airplane and its input over the years has been invaluable in the development of the 777 program."
The Boeing 777 is the world's most successful twin-engine, long-haul airplane. The 777-300ER carries 365 passengers up to 7,930 nautical miles.