Emirates signs largest ever aircraft order in civil aviation

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Dubai, Nov 11 (UNI) Dubai-based Emirates Airline today announced that it has signed contract for 120 Airbus A350s, 11 A380s, and 12 Boeing 777-300ERs, pegged at 34.9 billion dollars in list prices, marking the biggest ever aircraft order in the civil aviation sector.

''Emirates is committing close to 35 billion dollars today for new aircraft. Our total order includes 93 aircraft on firm order and 50 on option,'' Emirates' Chairman and Chief Executive Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum said during the Dubai Air Show here today.

Mr Ahmed signed the deals with Airbus President and CEO Tom Enders, and Boeing Commercial Airplanes Vice President (West Asia and Africa Sales) Lee Monson.

The first A350 will be delivered to Emirates in 2014.

Emirates also firmed up orders on the eight A380s for which it had signed letters of intent earlier this year, and placed firm orders for an additional three of the double-decker aircraft, bringing its total firm order for the A380s to 58.

The contract with Boeing is for 12 firm orders of the 777-300ERs, valued at 3.2 billion dollars. With this new order, Emirates now has 57 Boeing 777s pending delivery and is set to become the world's largest 777 operator over the next few years.

Mr Ahmed also inked agreements today with Sir John Rose, Chief Executive of Rolls Royce for the Trent XWB engines to power the Emirates' new A350s; with Bruce Hughes, President of the Engine Alliance for the GP7200 to power its additional A380s; and with Scott Donnelly, President and CEO of GE Aviation for GE90 engines to power Emirates' 777-300ERs.


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