Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, has announced its order for 50 A350-900 XWB aircrafts. The order is worth more than US$16 billion (AED 58.7 billion).
The order took place at the Dubai Airshow this year, it is expected the crafts will first be delivered in May 2023 and will continue usage till 2028.
H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates chairman and chief executive, signed the deal with Guillaume Faury, CEO from Airbus.
The multi-billion dollar deal expands the airline’s fleet of A380s and 777s, the new sized aircraft means Emirates shall give the airline more options in terms of flights, range and capacity. Airbus explains the craft can accommodate between 300 and 350 passengers.
It is explained, according to the Government of Dubai, that the crafts have a flying-time of up to 15 hours, will be equipped with the latest products and offer different cabin configurations such as premium economy.
The deal at the airshow replaces an agreement signed in February of this year to purchase only 30 A350s and 40 A33Neos.
Sheikh Ahmed said: “we are pleased to sign a firm order for 50 A350 XWBs, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. This follows a thorough review of various aircraft options and of our own fleet plans. It is Emirates’ long-standing strategy to invest in modern and efficient aircraft, and we are confident in the performance of the A350 XWB.”
“Complementing our A380s and 777s, the A350s will give us added operational flexibility in terms of capacity, range and deployment. In effect, we are strengthening our business model to provide efficient and comfortable air transport services to, and through, our Dubai hub.”
Sheikh Ahmed added: “This $16 billion deal reflects our confidence in the future of the UAE’s aviation sector, and is a strong affirmation of Dubai’s strategy to be a global nexus connected to cities, communities and economies via a world-class and modern aviation sector.”
“We are honoured by Emirates’ strong vote of confidence in our newest widebody aircraft, taking our partnership to the next level. The A350 will bring unbeatable economics and environmental benefits to their fleet,” said Faury. “We look forward to seeing the A350 flying in Emirates colours!"