17 Nov 2013 08:30
• Major purchase to accommodate growth, increase efficiency and refresh fleet.
• Launch customer for 777-8X and largest airline customer for 787 Dreamliner.
Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today announced a
firm order for 56 new Boeing wide-body aircraft, with options and purchase
rights for a further 26, to support its continued global expansion. The order represents an investment of up to
US$ 25.2 billion at list prices, including related engines.
unveiled at the Dubai Air Show, includes 25 next-generation Boeing 777X
aircraft of which 17 are 777-9X and eight are 777-8X aircraft. Etihad Airways
is the first airline to order the 777-8X and will be a launch customer for the
aircraft which is expected to enter service around the end of the decade.
also ordered 30 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners.Today’s announcement makes Etihad
Airways the largest airline customer for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, when
combined with previous orders for 41 of the Boeing 787-9 variant, and includes
the milestone 1,000th Boeing 787 Dreamliner to be ordered. It also ordered one
Boeing 777-200 freighter.
Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, said: “This is
a significant, timely and essential order for us, as we celebrate our tenth
anniversary and plan for our next decade and beyond.
“In just 10
years, we have grown from a start-up carrier to a global airline. This order
enables us to build upon our achievements, using the next generation of
aircraft to support our next generation of development.
been a long term strategic partner for Etihad Airways throughout that journey,
playing an integral role in our growth.
I am delighted we are extending our relationship, bringing
industry-leading aircraft into our modern fleet.”
aircraft will be used by Etihad Airways to launch flights to new destinations,
add capacity in existing markets and progressively replace existing,
He said the
deal would also provide direct economic benefits domestically and internationally.
is good for Etihad Airways, it is good for Boeing and it is also good for
economic development both in the UAE and in the USA. In the United States, this order translates
into a direct impact on America’s gross domestic product and supports
employment throughout the aerospace supply chain.”
aircraft in this order will be powered by General Electric GE9X, GEnx and GE90
President and Chief Executive Officer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said: “We are very proud of our relationship with
Etihad Airways, which began nine years ago with an order for five 777-300ERs.
gratifying that as one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, Etihad Airways
continues to have confidence in Boeing’s products by selecting the 777X and by
increasing its order for the 787 Dreamliner.
We look forward to further strengthening this partnership as Etihad
Airways continues to build its position as a forerunner in the global aviation
777-9X is a stretched, more fuel-efficient version of the airline’s largest
current aircraft, the Boeing 777-300ER.
Typically seating 400 passengers, the 777-9X will be capable of flying
the same distances as its predecessor, but with up to 40 more passengers, much
lower operating costs and reduced fuel consumption per seat.
777-8X is a smaller version but with even greater range, enabling Etihad
Airways to serve ultra-long haul routes such as Abu Dhabi – Los Angeles more
efficiently than any aircraft in service today. It replaces and improves upon
the existing Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, currently the longest range airliner in
787-10 is the largest and latest version of the Dreamliner family, typically
carrying more than 320 passengers, up to 50 more than the 787-9 which Etihad
Airways will introduce late in 2014.
10 aircraft will be capable of flying between Abu Dhabi and medium-haul
destinations such as Dublin or Johannesburg, again with more passengers and
lower fuel burn and emissions per seat than current generation aircraft.
of the new aircraft to join the Etihad Airways fleet will be the Boeing
787-10s, which will begin arriving in 2018, followed by the 777-9X from 2020
and the 777-8X from 2022.
Airways currently has 86 aircraft in operation, with more than 80 aircraft on
firm order. Its last major aircraft deal
was made at the Farnborough Air Show in 2008, where Etihad Airways announced
firm orders for 100 aircraft, including 45 Boeing aircraft, in a long-term
order which was at the time one of the largest in aviation history.
Group served as advisors in the conclusion of this deal.