Emirates places order for 40 787-10 aircraft


By: Theo Nichols

November 15, 2017




Emirates 787-10, Credit: Emirates


Emirates Airlines has placed an order for 40 Boeing 787-10 aircraft dealing a blow to Airbus and the A350 program. The deal, announced at the Dubai Airshow, is worth $15.1 billion at list prices.

The 787-10 is the highest capacity variant of the 787 family with the ability to seat 242 passengers in a three-class configuration and up to 330 passengers in a two-class configuration. Emirates is planning on deploying a mixture of two-class and three-class configured 787-10s throughout its route network.

Emirates’ 787-10 order comes as a major disappointment for Airbus. In 2014, Emirates cancelled an order for 50 A350-900s and 25 A350-1000s. However, Emirates was still deciding between the A350 and the 787 for the order announced today.


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With 150 777X aircraft already on order, not to mention the 140 plus A380s in-service and on order, Emirates already has its long-haul and ultra long-haul needs met. The A350 family (max range of 8,100 nautical miles for the non-ULR variant) is built for ultra-long-haul travel while the 787-10 has a much shorter range at 6,430 nautical miles and is more efficient on medium-haul flights.

“We see the 787 as a great complement to our 777 and A380 fleet, providing us with more flexibility to serve a range of destinations as we develop our global route network,” said Emirates Group Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

The 787-10 will both add capacity to Emirates’ network and replace older aircraft. Deliveries are projected to begin in 2022. Additionally, Emirates has the right to convert any 787-10 orders to the 787-9.


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