Emirates Orders Extra Airbuses

10th Jun 2002

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Emirates, has confirmed that the airline has placed an order for two extra Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which have a list price of US$279 million, to be delivered in 2003.

Emirates already operates 22 A330-200s and has existing orders for a further five. Two of scheduled for delivery in August and September this year and three in March, April and May next year.

The two extra A330-200s are scheduled for delivery in June and October 2003. They will bring the airline`s A330-200 fleet to 29 aircraft, all powered by Rolls Royce Trent 772 engines.

Sheikh Ahmed said: “These new orders have been placed to service the airline`s expansion with new destinations and more flights to existing destinations planned for 2003, subject to the necessary government approvals.”

The two extra A330s will include one in a two-class configuration providing 34 Business and 251 Economy class seats, and one in a three-class configuration with 18 First, 42 Business and 183 Economy class seats.


Emirates announced massive aircraft orders worth US$15 billion, on top of its existing orders, at the Dubai 2001 Air Show last November. The total orders will give Emirates 22 Airbus A380s, 37 Boeing 777s, six A340-500s, eight A340-600s and 29 A330s with deliveries ongoing between now and 2010.

Emirates fleet, one of the world`s youngest with an average age of three years, currently numbers 39 Airbus and Boeing aircraft. Given the current fleet plus existing orders, it will comprise 102 of the world`s most technologically-advanced and luxurious jetliners by the end of the decade.

This year alone, the airline is adding five new destinations to its network - Casablanca and Khartoum already launched and Perth, Mauritius and Osaka due in August, September and October respectively.




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