By Kenneth Ehigiator
Emirates has become the worldâ€™s largest airline operator of Boeing 777 aircraft with the arrival of its 78th Boeing 777 at present..
Emirates has another 28 Boeing 777s pending delivery, worth over $7 billion at list prices, and it is also the only airline to operate every model in the Boeing 777 family: -200s, -200ERs, -200LRs, -300s, -300ERs and freighters.
The newest addition to the Emirates fleet is a Boeing 777-300ER configured for long distance journeys.
Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline, said:Â Â â€œThe 777s form the backbone of our fleet, and we have configured these aircraft to give us maximum flexibility in terms of route deployment. Emiratesâ€™ 777s today fly to six continents from our Dubai hub, operating routes within a two-hour distance to long-range journeys of 16 hours non-stop.
â€œThe 777 is an excellent aircraft in terms of operating economics, and importantly, the new technologies incorporated within enable us to fit it out with the latest onboard systems and passenger amenities.
â€œEmirates is committed to maintaining a young and modern fleet, which enhances our passengersâ€™ comfort and safety and also makes our aircraft some of the most environmentally-friendly in the skies.
â€œThe 777 is the worldâ€™s most successful twin-engine, long-haul airplane and Emirates has contributed significantly to the programmeâ€™s success, both in becoming the now largest 777 airline customer and through its continued feedback on quality step improvements weâ€™ve made to the airplane,â€ said Marty Bentrott, Boeing Commercial Airplanesâ€™ Vice President of Sales for the Middle East, Central and South Asia.
Continuing, he said â€œwith suppliers around the world contributing to and benefitting from 777 production, Emiratesâ€™ investment toward building the worldâ€™s largest Boeing 777 fleet has played a role in maintaining and strengthening the global aviation manufacturing industry.â€
Emirates recently completed an upgrading programme for its existing 777 fleet, and now all of its 777 aircraft boast its award-winning ice (information, communication, entertainment) system, which offers passengers in all cabin classes an unrivalled choice ofÂ up to 1,200 channels of the latest movies, TV programming, music and games on demand.
The airlineâ€™s long-range 777s have also been equipped with its very latest onboard products, including private suites in First Class, lie-flat massage seats in Business Class, and ergonomically designed seats in Economy Class.
Emirates received its first 777, a Boeing 777-200, in 1996.Â Its current 777 fleet comprises: three -200s, six -200ERs, 10 -200LRs, 12 -300s, 45 -300ERs, and two 777 freighters.In total, Emirates operates an all-wide body fleet of 137 Boeing and Airbus aircraft to 99 cities in 60 countries on six continents.