MIAMI — Boeing and Emirates have celebrated today the simultaneous delivery of three 777 wide-body aircraft. Two of them correspond to the -300ER variant while the third is a freighter.
The milestone not only marks the first time in 15 years that Boeing delivers three 777 at one time to a single customer, but also marks the entry of the 150th triple seven into Emirates’ fleet.
“We are pleased to mark the delivery of our 150th 777 aircraft, and will continue to work closely with the Boeing team on the next generation 777X for the Emirates fleet” said Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates airline. “We have enjoyed a strong and long-standing relationship with Boeing on the 777 program.”
Boeing also provides Emirates with essential support and services related to the maintenance of its vast 777 fleet. Also, provides support to optimize flight crew scheduling and AerData STREAM to manage both aircraft and engine records.
The Gulf carrier not only has the distinction of being the world’s largest triple seven operator, but also happens to be the sole airline ever to operate all six 777 variants introduced into service by Boeing.
“As Emirates takes delivery of its 150th 777, it underlines the remarkable track record of this aircraft, undiminished as the leading long-haul passenger and cargo carrier. We are proud of this relationship and the confidence that Emirates has shown in Boeing airplanes over the years” said Ray Conner, Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO.
Back in 1992, the carrier placed an initial order for the Boeing 777, with deliveries in June 1996. The order book for the 777 continued to grow over the years, including a record-breaking order for 50 777-300ERs at the 2011 Dubai Air Show, which was later shadowed by a larger 150 aircraft order placed two years later. In March 2012, the airline took delivery of the 1,000th 777 built, a breakthrough reached at a faster pace than any other twin-aisle aircraft built.
Today, Emirates relies on its triple seven fleet to continue with its expansion plans and set new records. Yesterday, the airline opened its Dubai – Orlando service, and has announced its plans to operate to Panama City, which is set to become the world’s longest air route in February 2016.