Emirates airlines scores a century

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Dubai, Nov 9 (UNI) Dubai-owned Emirates Airline has received its 100th passenger aircraft, a long-range Boeing 777-300ER which brings its all wide-body fleet to a total of 111 aircraft and is all set to become the largest Boeing 777 operator in the world with another 45 of this aircraft type on order.

Emirates' fast-expanding fleet, which has added one new aircraft per month on average, now comprises of 53 Boeing 777s (two Boeing 777-200LRs, nine 777-200s, 12 777-300s, and 30 777-300ERs).

Shaikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group said ''way back in 2003, when Emirates had 52 aircraft in our fleet, our plan was to grow to 100 aircraft by 2010.'' ''We've reached that mark three years earlier, but this is not enough as it was based on predictions that Dubai will have six million visitors by 2010.'' informed the Chairman and Chief Executive of the Emirates Airline.

Emirates' latest Boeing 777-300ER offers eight luxurious private suites in First Class, 42 lie-flat seats in Business and can hold 304 Economy class passengers.

Emirates has 111 aircraft pending delivery, worth over billion. Its order book includes 55 Airbus A380s, 45 Boeing 777s and 11 Boeing 747 freighters.

UNI

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