Emirates 777X & A350 Updates

A Boeing 777-9 arriving into Dubai for the 2021 Dubai Airshow

Emirates has announced updates surrounding its future long-haul aircraft from Airbus and Boeing at the 2023 Dubai Airshow.

New Agreement For Seats

As part of an investment in future fleet, Emirates has signed a USD 1 billion deal for the latest generation of Safran seats.

These seats will be deployed towards the next generation of the fleet, including the Airbus A350 and 777-9 from the 777X program.

Additionally, the company says it’ll add these to its existing 777-300s, which are hugely important to its current fleet.

As part of the deal, Business, Premium and Economy class seats will be present onboard the Emirates A350s in the future. Meanwhile, Business, Premium and Economy are also for the 777-9s.

Emirates says that when the seats are installed, they’ll come with a new standard of comfort for customers set to board the next-generation planes.

There’ll be generous levels of space, privacy and convenience, luxurious features, and stylish finishes in every cabin class.

Emirates’ Commitment To Next-Generation Aircraft

During the early stages of the 2023 Dubai Airshow, Emirates committed to the next generation of Boeing aircraft in large numbers.

Emirates ordered 90 Boeing 777Xs to reaffirm its position as the aircraft’s most significant customer thus far. A deal comprised of 55 777-9s and 35 777-8s.

The Boeing 777-9s, as part of this deal, are expected to enter service from 2025 onwards, while deliveries for the 777-8 will commence from 2030.

Away from the 777X, Boeing has also committed to 35 Boeing 787 Dreamliners. As part of a deal with the Dreamliner, the airline will acquire 15 787-10s and 20 787-8s.

This deal also sees the Boeing 787-10 return to the airline’s orderbook. The most significant variant was subject to Emirates’ rigorous fleet review over recent years that saw future fleet types axed and adjusted.

Emirates says it’s converting 30 787-9s to 20 787-8s and 10 787-10s as part of the continued order adjustments seen at the company. At the same time, it’ll also add five new orders to boost its fleet.

Comments From Executives

Safran is a key partner for Emirates and we’re working closely to reimagine and elevate our future cabins with smart design and the latest technologies. These have been decisive factors in our selection of seat types which will be customized for Emirates.  Today’s announcement is significant not only because it cements the partnership between Emirates and Safran, but also because it supports aviation manufacturing and the wider value chain in France and across Europe.

Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline

The continuation of our 30-year partnership underscores Safran’s commitment to innovative solutions for aircraft interiors, critical aircraft equipment and services to ensure the best possible passenger experience. Today’s agreements set the stage for Safran’s continued growth along with our customer, a leader in the global market. More than ever, we are looking ahead to the future.

Safran CEO Olivier Andriès

Retrofitting Other Aircraft

As part of a continued commitment to enhancing passenger comfort levels, Safran will support Emirates in retrofitting its fleet.

This will include providing new seats for the Boeing 777 and Airbus A380, the two current active aircraft families.

The Emirates Fleet

Emirates’ fleet currently consists of only two aircraft families, the Boeing 777 and Airbus A380.

Per Cirium, 243 aircraft remain in service, with 26 units currently in storage. However, in the coming decades, this will change drastically.

Emirates will move from operating the 777 and A380 to operating also the 777X, 787 and A350 as part of its future fleet.

The Dubai-based carrier cites these aircraft’s opportunities to serve new and existing markets as a critical reason why orders have been made.

A commitment to the A380 until the early stages of 2040. However, the company will also need aircraft to replace these units.

Daniel Fowkes
16 Nov 2023
· Aircraft 
· Airlines 

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