Seattle confirms that Emirates will be the first airline to take delivery of B777X aircraft in mid 2020.
The order placed by Emirates for the value of $76 billion for 150 Boeing 777X aircraft was the single largest aircraft order by value in the history of US commercial aviation. It comprises of 35 Boeing 777-8Xs and 115 Boeing 777-9Xs, plus 50 purchase rights.
“Emirates is now actually ahead of its original mid-2020 schedule to receive its first 777X aircraft,” said Marty Bentrott, Boeing’s Vice-President, Sales for Middle East, Turkey, Russia and Central Asia.
Though Emirates did not comment on it being the first receiver of the 777X or say how the airline plans to deploy the aircraft in its fleet, Mr. Bentrott mentioned that the 350 to 425-seater Boeing 777x aircraft will eventually replace Emirates’ existing fleet of 777s.
US-based analyst Addison Schonland, Partner at AirInsight, commented that in his view 777-9X could replace the Airbus A380 and the 777-8X would be a good replacement for older 777 300ERs. He added that all the 777Xs will be used on long hauls “as that is the speciality of this plane.”