Sun, Aug 02, 2009
Emirates Becomes World's Largest 777 Airline Operator
Boeing delivered Emirates' 78th 777 this week, the airline's
45th 777-300ER (Extended Range). The Dubai-based carrier is now the
world's largest operator of the 777 and the only airline to operate
every model type.
Emirates also has an additional 28 Boeing 777s on order, valued
at more than $7 billion at current list prices. The airlines'
latest 777-300ER, shown here at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. prior
to departure for its home base in Dubai, is configured for
"The 777 is an excellent aircraft in terms of operating
economics, and importantly, the new technologies incorporated
within enable us to fit it out with the latest onboard systems and
passenger amenities," said Tim Clark, president Emirates Airlines.
"Emirates is committed to maintaining a young and modern fleet,
which enhances our passengers' comfort and safety and also makes
our aircraft some of the most environmentally-friendly in the
Emirates received its first Boeing 777 in 1996. The airline
recently completed an upgrade program on all its 777s that equipped
the airplanes with Emirates' award-winning ICE (Information,
Communication, Entertainment) system, offering passengers in every
cabin up to 1,000 channels of on-demand entertainment.
"The 777 is the world's most successful twin-engine, long-haul
airplane and Emirates has contributed significantly to the 777
program's success, both in becoming the now largest 777 airline
customer and through its continued feedback on quality step
improvements we've made to the airplane," said Marty Bentrott, vice
president of Sales for the Middle East, Central and South Asia,
Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "With suppliers around the world
contributing to and benefitting from 777 production, Emirates'
investment toward building the world's largest Boeing 777 fleet has
played a role in maintaining and strengthening the global aviation
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