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Emirates takes delivery of its last Boeing 777-300ER aircraft

Posted 14 December 2018 · Add Comment

Emirates has received the final Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on its order books.

This aircraft is the 190th Boeing 777 to be delivered to Emirates, the world’s largest operator of Boeing 777 aircraft and also the only airline in the world to have operated all the six variants of the Boeing 777 family. One of out every eight 777 aircraft ever manufactured by Boeing has been delivered to Emirates. Emirates will also be one of the first airlines in the world to fly the two next generation models- the Boeing 777-8 and 777-9.

It was also the 146th delivery of a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to Emirates. The airline welcomed the first Boeing 777-300ER aircraft into its fleet in March 2005 and over the last 13 years, the 777-300ER has become the backbone of Emirates’ fleet operating currently to over 119 destinations across the airline’s global network. Emirates has operated one out of every five Boeing 777-300ER aircraft produced to date and the average age of a Boeing 777-3000ER in Emirates’ fleet is a mere 6.5 years.

Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline said: “The Boeing 777-300ER has been a cornerstone of Emirates’ success story as the world’s largest international airline. The aircraft’s efficiency, range and payload capabilities have enabled us to connect our customers across six continents to and through Dubai, and offer them a flight experience that is second to none. With 140 of these aircraft in our fleet, the Boeing 777-300ER will continue to play an integral role in our operations and facilitating global tourism and trade opportunities in the years to come.”

On the partnership with Boeing, Sir Tim said: “We’ve worked closely with Boeing on the 777 programme over the last three decades, and we will build on this partnership as we start taking delivery of the 777-8 and 777-9 aircraft from 2020.”

Anaylst Saj Ahmad remarked: “Emirates' links to the 777 are as synonymous as it is with the massive fleet of Airbus A380s that it operates.

“As the only customer to have operated all six current variants of the 777, Emirates has built its global network alongside the 777 family to open, expand and dominate markets where services either never existed or weren't possible due to airplanes lacking performance capabilities. 

“In investing in the 777X family, Emirates is gearing up to replace the older 777s in its fleet and it stands to reason that they'll capitalise on their 50 options for 777X and grow that fleet to beyond 200 units, which in turn will allow them to replace some of its aging A380s too.”


Ahmad added: “Emirates would not be where they are today had it not been for the 777 and its no surprised that they were the driving force behind the development of 777X to further enhance their organic growth strategy. And this is why Emirates plans for expansion become vital to its future success as it plans for its move late next decade to Dubai World Central.”

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