Emirates adds 10 purchase rights to 747-8F order

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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.