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.