Emirates orders 15 Airbus A350-900s worth AED22.08 billion
Order confirmed at ongoing Dubai Airshow 2023
Dubai-based Emirates Airline has signed an order for 15 A350-900s at the Dubai Airshow 2023, taking its total order for the A350 version to 65 aircraft.
The deal, worth AED22.08 ($6 billion) at list price, was signed on November 16, 2023.
The first A350 is scheduled to join Emirates’ fleet in August 2024. The supercarrier will receive A350 deliveries until early 2028.
At the end of October, the A350 had won over 1,000 orders from leading carriers from around the globe. Including its order for 95 additional Boeing aircraft at the Dubai Airshow 2023, Emirates will have a total order book of 310 wide-body aircraft.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairperson and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, said: “The A350-900s will add to our fleet mix, and we are pleased to announce additional orders for this aircraft type.
“We plan to deploy our A350s to serve a range of new markets, including long-haul missions of up to 15 hours flying time from Dubai. We will work closely with Airbus and Rolls-Royce to ensure our aircraft deliver the best operating efficiency and flying experience for our customers.”
Christian Scherer, Airbus’s Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International, stated: “With this agreement, we mark another solid step forward in the long-standing relationship agreement between Emirates and Airbus.
“A relationship founded on a pursuit of innovation, efficiency and operational excellence. Just as the A380 established itself at the heart of Emirates operations, we are equally proud of what the A350 will do in the years to come.”
The A350 is the world’s most modern and efficient widebody aircraft and the long-range leader in the 300-410 seater category, flying efficiently on any sector from short-haul to ultra-long-haul routes up to 9,700nm.
Its clean sheet design includes state-of-the-art technologies, aerodynamics, lightweight materials and latest-generation engines that deliver a 25% advantage in fuel burn, operating costs and CO₂ emissions, as well as 50% noise reduction compared to previous-generation competitor aircraft.
Emirates currently operates an all-wide-body fleet of aircraft comprising the A380 and the Boeing 777. From its hub in Dubai, the airline serves over 140 cities on six continents.
The Dubai Airshow runs from November 13-17, 2023, at Dubai World Central, Dubai Airshow site.
Featured image: An Airbus A350 aircraft in Emirates livery. Image: Airbus