In 24 hours Emirates has put into service its 150th ever Boeing 777, after taking two more -300ERs, and its 66th Airbus A380, and a 777 freighter.
The four new wide bodies take its fleet, as of today to 238 large to very large airliners with an average age of 6.5 years.
Of those 147 are various models of the 777, with Emirates having already had three net retirements of the big twin engined Boeings, which it has been acquiring since 1996. If are having trouble with the arithmetic so is the airline’s web site, from which the original press release has disappeared, no doubt temporarily while it fixes up for those who worry about those things, the flow, and occasional ebb, of 777s in its fleet, as well as the average age stuff.
Those issues aside, the message is clear. Emirates is continuing to grow at a staggering rate, and something is going to give unless it sorts out the current Dubai airport, and determines how it will actually work with the potentially much larger and already operating 2nd airport within the also massive Dubai World Central project.
This is part of what Emirates as the largest operator of the Boeing 777-300ER and Airbus A380 says in its initial press release:
Sir Tim Clark, President, Emirates Airline said, “The Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 are two of the most advanced, efficient, and spacious commercial aircraft in the skies today. They are the mainstay of the Emirates fleet, giving us versatility in our route planning, and also the ability to offer our customers the latest features and comforts onboard.
The four new aircraft are valued at $1.5 billion and underwent pre-service maintenance checks before being put into regular service. The maiden flights for the two B777-300ERs took passengers from Dubai to Kuwait and Mumbai, while the first flight for the new A380 took off from Dubai to Dusseldorf. The B777 freighter was scheduled to fly directly from the Seattle area, where it was manufactured, to Hong Kong to pick up 103,000 kg of cargo.
Emirates has received 14 new aircraft so far in 2015, which include nine A380s, four B777-300ERs and one B777 Freighter. During the same period, the airline retired eight aircraft, comprised of four A340-500s, three A330-200s and one B777-200.
The airline has 270 additional aircraft on order, worth a total of $129 billion at list prices. Its order book includes 46 B777-300ERs, 115 B777-9Xs, 35 B777-8Xs and 74 Airbus A380s.
Emirates says that in the 2020s it will not just grow further, but begin replacing large parts of its current 777 and A380 fleets with new improved versions of both types. It wants to buy 100 NEO or new engine technology A380s in the 2020s, during which it will as the lead customer, also take 150 Boeing 777-X series airliners featuring improved wings and engines. It is also considering orders for Airbus A350s or Boeing 787-10s.
Which means the Dubai Air Show this November could be a very exciting place to be for Airbus and Boeing.