Emirates airline has announced an order for 40 A330-900 aircraft and 30 A350-900 aircraft during an agreement signed with Airbus. The deal is worth $21.4 billion at list prices.
The latest generation Airbus A330neo and A350 aircraft will be delivered to Emirates starting from 2021 and 2024, respectively.
In addition, Airbus and Emirates reached an agreement on outstanding A380 deliveries.
The airline will receive 14 more A380s from 2019 until the end of 2021, taking its total A380 order book to 123 units.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates Group and airline, said: “After many months of discussions, we have come to an agreement with Airbus and Rolls-Royce.
“Emirates has been a staunch supporter of the A380 since its very inception. While we are disappointed to have to give up our order, and sad that the program could not be sustained, we accept that this is the reality of the situation. For us, the A380 is a wonderful aircraft loved by our customers and our crew. It is a differentiator for Emirates.”
“We have shown how people can truly fly better on the A380, and Emirates has set the standards for that by introducing customer experiences that are unique to the A380 like our shower spas and onboard lounge. The A380 will remain a pillar of our fleet well into the 2030s, and as we have always done, Emirates will continue to invest in our onboard products and services so our customers can be assured that the Emirates A380 experience will always be top-notch.”
On the decision to purchase A330Neos and A350s, Sheikh Ahmed said: “Emirates’ fleet strategy to operate a young, modern, and efficient all-wide body fleet remains unchanged.
The 40 A330neos and 30 A350s that we are ordering today will complement Emirates’ fleet mix, support our network growth, and give us more flexibility to better serve seasonal or opportunistic demand. Both the A330neos and A350s will play an important role in our future fleet and network plans.”