Emirates has placed a firm order for five Boeing 777Fs in a deal worth over $1.7 billion at list prices.
Two aircraft will be delivered in 2024 and three in 2025, says Emirates. The deal pushes the carrier’s total orders to 200 widebody jets.
“Emirates is investing in new freighters so that we can continue to serve customer demand with the latest fuel-efficient aircraft,” says Emirates chairman and chief executive Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.
“This order reflects Emirates’ confidence in airfreight demand and overall aviation sector growth. It lays the ground for our continued growth, which is driven by the reach of our diverse global network, the advanced handling infrastructure at our Dubai hub, and the tailored transport solutions that Emirates has developed to serve our varied customers’ needs.”
The jets will add to the carrier’s freighter fleet, which now stands at 11 777Fs.
At the Dubai Airshow in November 2021, Emirates said it would beef up its air cargo capacity. This included the addition of two new 777Fs – which joined its fleet this year - and plans to convert 10 777-300ERs into freighters.
Emirates, the launch customer for the 777F, says the type is effective at transporting items ships that are sensitive to time and temperature, such as fresh products, medicines, pets, cars, and horses.
“We value the trust that Emirates has repeatedly placed in its all-Boeing freighter fleet,” says Stan Deal, president and chief executive of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
“The expansion of Emirates’ fleet with these additional fuel-efficient 777 Freighters will enable the airline to support its growing cargo market demand, transporting goods rapidly and efficiently from origin to destination in the Middle East and around the world.”