Record Boeing 777X Order is Placed in Dubai


Boeing Co.’s planned 777X long-haul plane stole the show on the first day of the Dubai Airshow, with at least 225 planes ordered in an open demonstration of the expansion plans of the Gulf airlines.

Boeing reports that it recieved at least 367 orders in deals at the Dubai Airshow.

Two variants of the 777x

Variations on a theme

Airbus faired well, opening the five-day airshow with an order for 50 A380s by Dubai-based Emirates.

For Boeing and Airbus, the Dubai Airshow, which is one of the biggest in the world, has become an important marker for future years, as orders placed at the show can affect the future of the companies for years.

Boeing describes the orders as representing the largest product launch in commercial jetliner history by dollar value, 777X orders and commitments include Lufthansa with 34 airplanes; Etihad Airways with 25; Qatar Airways with 50 and Emirates with 150 airplanes. The combined value of the agreements is more than $95 billion at list prices.

“We are proud to partner with each of these esteemed airlines to launch the 777X – the largest and most-efficient twin-engine jetliner in the world,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “Its ground-breaking engine technologies and all-new composite wing will deliver unsurpassed value and growth potential to our customers.”

777x in the snow

Cold weather

The long-range 777 holds about 365 passengers, making it Boeing’s second-biggest plane, smaller only to the aged, but still loved 747. The 777 has been onew of Boeing’s best sellers and it has sold more 777s than any of its other current large planes. The 777x which is still not finalised will be bigger and more fuel efficient than the current models.

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Emirates Orders Additional 50 Airbus A380s to Expand Fleet

Emirates said it will purchase an additional 50 Airbus SAS A380 superjumbos, which is the biggest single deal so far for the largest commercial jetliner.

The order which is valued at about $20 billion at the list price (but we don’t know the actual purchase price) was signed today as the Dubai Air Show. Emirates, which is the world’s largest international airline, said that the aircraft will serve both to replace existing fleet and to grow the airline.

Emirates a380

50 more of these please

Emirates Airlines is currently the biggest customer for the A380 having taken delivery of 38 already and with with orders for 90 A380.

The deal is a record for the A380, and comes as a boost to Airbus, which had been considering reducing A380 output, and instead finishes the year strongly.

The UK Guardian has reported that UK aviation authorities deny US investigators’ claim that one engine shut down and one was on fire before Heathrow emergency landing.

Apparently, information from the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) which is assisting the UK Air Accident Investigation Board (AAIB) suggests that last week’s incident may have been more serious than so far revealed.

The NTSB, which is involved because the engines on the plane were manufactured in the US, has claimed that the engine cowls on both engines were torn from the plane or or after take off. Footage taken from on board the plan which you can see here clearly shows one engine at least missing a cowl.

The US authorities have reported that one engine was shut down and the other on fire at the time of the emergency landing.  This report is apparently denied by the AAIB which is expected to publish an interim report tomorrow.  At the time of writing this, the writer could find no mention of the reported disagreement between the two agencies on either of their websites or twitter feeds, but if further information comes to light we will update the report.