Emirates Airline (Dubai) and Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) are celebrating the delivery of the airline’s 100th 777-300 ER (Extended Range), marking another milestone in a partnership that began over two decades ago when the Dubai-based airline ordered its first 777. Boeing 777-31H ER A6-ENV (msn 41368) (above) was handed over to the carrier on October 28.
With this delivery, Emirates will have 142 777s in operation and is the only airline in the world to operate all the 777 variants. With a current direct backlog of 51 777-300 ERs, the 777 also comprises the largest part of Emirates’ 213-strong fleet.
At the 2013 Dubai Airshow, Emirates became one of the launch customers for the 777X by committing to 150 airplanes. The order was finalized in July of this year.
Boeing provides Emirates with essential support and services from its Boeing Edge portfolio of aviation services, including parts and components, Airplane Health Management to speed the detection and resolution of maintenance issues, Jeppesen Crew Rostering services to optimize flight crew scheduling, and AerData STREAM (Secure Technical Records for Electronic Asset Management) to manage aircraft and engine records.
Emirates also celebrated the delivery of the pictured A6-ENV with this announcement:
Emirates celebrated another milestone on Wednesday with the delivery of the airline’s 100th Boeing 777-300 ER, the world’s largest, long-range twin engine commercial aircraft.
The Boeing 777-300 ER forms the backbone of the Emirates fleet with the aircraft type currently operating to 77 destinations on the airline’s global network.
Delivery of Emirates’ first Boeing 777-300 ER took place in March 2005 and with a further 52 aircraft on order, the airline is the world’s largest operator of this aircraft type – in fact one in every five 777-300 ERs flying today is in Emirates’ livery.
It takes 47 days to build a 777-300 ER and each aircraft is made of three million parts. If you took all of the wiring contained within Emirates’ 100 777-300 ERs and placed it end-to-end it would stretch from Dubai to New York and back again.
Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline said, “The Boeing 777-300ER is one of the most remarkable aircraft ever built, and its combination of efficiency, range and payload is second to none. Our customers are equally excited by the aircraft and its on-board product, and to date over 108 million passengers have flown on an Emirates Boeing 777-300 ER.
“We have 204 more Boeing 777s on order, which supports over 400,000 jobs in the United States of America, including those from various suppliers such as General Electric which provides the GE90 engines that power all of our 777-300 ERs,” added Sir Tim.
“We are proud of our long-term relationship with Emirates and for the confidence they have in Boeing’s products and services beginning with the 777 and continuing with the 777X in the years to come,” said Ray Conner, president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The operating economics and long-range capability of the 777-300 ER have played a prominent role in the success of Emirates’ business strategy.”
The range of the Boeing 777-300 ER is 14,490 kilometers, and Emirates’ longest flight with this aircraft currently operates between Dubai and Houston which is a total distance of 13,120 kilometers.
The Boeing 777 is manufactured in Everett, Washington. The Everett plant is so large that it requires its own fire department, security force, fully equipped medical clinic, electrical substations and water-treatment plant. The site’s main assembly building, which the Guinness Book of World Records acknowledges as the largest building in the world by volume, its footprint covers 98.3 acres (39.9 hectares)
Timeline of the Emirates Boeing 777-300 ER:
June 16, 2003: Emirates announced an operating lease order for 26 Boeing 777-300 ERs at the 2003 Paris Air Show, worth $5.6 billion.
July 20, 2004: Emirates ordered 4 Boeing 777-300 ERs with 9 options at the 2004 Farnborough Air Show, worth $2.96 billion.
March 26, 2005: Emirates receives its first Boeing 777-300 ER.
November 20, 2005: At the Dubai 2005 – 9th International Aerospace Exhibition, Emirates announced an order for 24 Boeing 777-300 ERs. In all, Emirates ordered 42 Boeing 777s in a deal worth $9.7 billion, the largest Boeing 777 order then in history.
November 11, 2007: At the 2007 Dubai Air Show, Emirates ordered 12 Boeing 777-300 ERs, worth $3.2 billion.
In 2009, Emirates became the world’s largest operator of the Boeing 777 with the delivery of its 78th Boeing 777.
July 19, 2010: Emirates ordered another 30 Boeing 777-300 ERs at the 2010 Farnborough Air Show, worth $9.1 billion.
November 13, 2011: At the 2011 Dubai Air Show, a firm order was placed for 50 Boeing 777-300 ERs with options for another 20. The deal was worth $18 billion, the largest commercial order by value in Boeing’s history.
March 3, 2012: Emirates received the 1000th Boeing 777 which was a 777-300 ER variant.
November 17, 2013: In the 2013 Dubai Air Show , Emirates made aviation history with a record-breaking order of 150 Boeing 777X aircraft.
July 29, 2014: Boeing delivers its 500th 777-300 ER to Emirates. Emirates is the only airline in the world to operate all 6 variants of the 777 family.
October 29, 2014: Emirates receives its 100th Boeing 777-300 ER. Emirates operates one out of every five Boeing 777-300 ERs in the world.
Emirates destinations launched using Boeing 777-300 ER are:
Adelaide, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Geneva, Milan-New York JFK, Oslo, Rio De Janeiro, Seattle, Stockholm, Taipei and Tokyo (Narita)
All images by Emirates.