Dubai Air Show 2011: Emirates Airlines orders 50 Boeing 777 planes, option of 20 more, worth $26 billion

By on Nov 14, 2011 in Asia, Business, Travel Comments

Emirates Airlines ordered 50 Boeing 777 planes with an option of 20 more aircrafts, worth $26 billion, which was announced during the opening of the Dubai Air Show 2011.



Arrival of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al
Maktoum, during Day 1 of Dubai Air Show 2011

Image Credit: DubaiAirShow.aero

As noted by Dubai Air Show on its official website on Sunday, November 13, 2011, Dubai-based Emirates Airlines placed an initial order of 50 Boeing 777-300ER aircraft worth $18 billion.

According to the report, the order has an option of 20 more planes and if pursued will cost a total of $26 billion, with Emirates Airlines Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum noting it as the largest single dollar-value order in their history.

“This order represents a milestone,” Sheikh Ahmed was quoted in a press conference that day at during the opening of 12th Dubai Air Show, which will last until Thursday, November 17, noting that they will be delivered from 2015 onwards.

The Dubai Air Show 2011 was opened by UAE Prime Minister and Vice President HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and Dubai Ruler and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

They were accompanied by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid All Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, and His Majesty Juan Carlos of Spain.

“The fact the royal tour had taken time to view the C17 and the 787 Dreamliner shows the great partnership between the UAE and the USA, as well the good relationship that Boeing has with the UAE.” Boeing Middle East President Jeff Johnson reportedly said.

“The UAE has received four C17s this year, providing it with new strategic capabilities in both defense and humanitarian operations and the presence of the C17 and the 787 for the first time in the Middle East reflect the importance of the Dubai Airshow.” Johnson added.



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