Emirates takes delivery of its last Boeing 777-300ER aircraft
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The Emirates and Boeing delivery teams celebrate the delivery of the last Boeing 777-300ER A6-EQP
Dubai: Emirates celebrated an important fleet milestone with the delivery of the final Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on its order books on December 13,2018. It was the 146th delivery of a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to Emirates. The A6-EQP is the 190th Boeing 777 aircraft to be delivered to Emirates, the world’s largest operator of Boeing 777 aircraft.
Emirates is the only airline in the world to have operated all the six variants of the Boeing 777 family. One of out every eight 777 aircraft ever manufactured by Boeing has been delivered to Emirates. Emirates will also be one of the first airlines in the world to fly the two next generation models- the Boeing 777-8 and 777-9.
The airline welcomed the first Boeing 777-300ER aircraft into its fleet in March 2005 and over the last 13 years, the 777-300ER has become the backbone of Emirates’ fleet operating currently to over 119 destinations across the airline’s global network. The average age of a Boeing 777-3000ER in Emirates’ fleet is a mere 6.5 years.
Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline said: : “We’ve worked closely with Boeing on the 777 programme over the last three decades, and we will build on this partnership as we start taking delivery of the 777-8 and 777-9 aircraft from 2020.”
Emirates’ Boeing 777 fleet has carried close to 350 million passengers on more than 1.28 million flights and covered over 6.6 billion kilometres since 1996.
Since 2009, Emirates has also been operating the Boeing 777-F dedicated freighter aircraft and now the airline’s fleet comprises 13 Boeing 777-Fs each with a capacity of 100 tonnes per flight.
From 2020, the airline will start taking delivery of 35 Boeing 777-8s and 115 Boeing 777-9s. These next generation aircraft will have a more fuel efficient design and will feature larger windows, increased cabin pressure and humidity, higher ceilings, wider cabin and an advanced inflight entertainment system contributing to a superior customer experience.