Emirates, Dubai’s state-owned airline, said on Monday it had formally ordered 50 Airbus A350 aircraft worth $16bn at a price. “Together with the A380, the A350 will provide us with greater capacity and flexibility. We will be able to use these aircraft to open up new markets,” Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates’ chief executive, said at the Dubai AirShow.
The agreement signed at the air show marks the final version and revision of the interim agreement for 40 A330neo aircraft and 30 A350 aircraft, which have been pending since the beginning of the year.
“The new aircraft is less noisy and gives us a lower carbon footprint,” says Al Maktoum. He added that he expected the first A350 sons to be delivered by 2023.
Guillaume Faury, Airbus’s chief executive, said: “This order is a strong endorsement of the A350 aircraft with the latest technology. “
However, Emirates said it would not consider the A330neo at this time.
In addition, Emirates said it was still in talks with Boeing about a temporary order for 40 787 Dreamliners.