Boeing gets bulk order from Emirates, GE Capital Aviation Services

Boeing announced yesterday that Dubai-based Emirates Airlines has placed an order for 30 Boeing 777-300ERs (Extended Range) and GE Capital Aviation Services ordered for 40 Next-Generation 737-800s at the 2010 Farnborough International Airshow in the UK.

Emirates is already the world's largest 777 operator with a fleet of 86 777s through direct purchase and lease, plus having placed an additional order previously for 16 777-300ERs.

It is also the only airline in the world to operate every model in the Boeing 777 family, including the 777 Freighter.

Boeing did not disclose the value of the order, but going by average list prices, the order would be worth $9.1 billion although for bulk order, the cost will be less.

Emirates took delivery of its first Boeing 777, a 777-200, in 1996, and since then the airline has deployed the 777 on short-, medium- and long-haul routes.

The Boeing 777 is the world's most successful twin-engine, long-haul airplane. The 777-300ER extends the 777 family's span of capabilities, bringing twin-engine efficiency and reliability to the long-range market. The airplane carries 365 passengers up to 7,930 nautical miles (14,685km).