Emirates has formalised an agreement with Boeing covering
the purchase of 10 747-8 freighters and taken purchase rights on another 10.
The Dubai-based carrier says in a statement that the deal firms
up a heads of agreement signed at the Farnborough air show earlier this year.
Deliveries of the General Electric GEnx-powered aircraft are
due to begin in 2010.
“Our order for the 747-8Fs will be essential in helping us
service our rapidly growing network of 28 freighter destinations which include
exclusive freighter services in Bangalore, Lilongwe, Gothenburg, Amsterdam and
Taipei,” says Emirates chairman and CEO Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum.
Emirates currently operates nine 747Fs and Airbus A310Fs. It
also has eight Boeing 777Fs on order.