Emirates places an order for 5 Boeing 777 freighters

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Emirates has committed to purchasing additional Boeing 777 freighters as it plans to expand its fleet of freighters in the upcoming years. This year, the airline took delivery of two brand-new 777Fs and beginning in 2023, it aims to convert several passenger 777F variants to freighters.

The two companies said on Tuesday, November 8, that the long-haul carrier Emirates will spend more than $1.7 billion to purchase five Boeing 777 freighters, considerably increasing its cargo flying capacity. It will receive two of these aircraft in 2024, while the remaining three will arrive in 2025.

“Emirates is investing in new freighters so that we can continue to serve customer demand with the latest fuel-efficient aircraft. This order reflects Emirates’ confidence in airfreight demand and overall aviation sector growth. It lays the ground for our continued growth, which is driven by the reach of our diverse global network, the advanced handling infrastructure at our Dubai hub, and the tailored transport solutions that Emirates has developed to serve our varied customers’ needs.”

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and CEO, Emirates

Emirates already operates 11 Boeing 777 freighters. According to the airline, this deal brought its overall number of wide-body aircraft orders to 200. 

The airline disclosed a $1 billion investment at the Dubai Airshow last year to add two new 777Fs, demonstrating its continued commitment to freight operations. This year has already seen the delivery of these aircraft. The arrangement to convert four Boeing 777-300ER passenger planes into complete freighters was also revealed. It was signed with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum stated that the order reflects Emirates’ confidence in airfreight demand and overall aviation sector growth

In comparison to the 777F, the modified freighters will offer up to 10 more pallet places, enabling the transportation of more low-density cargo, including items for online sales. Emirates committed to converting six more of its own Boeing 777-300ERs into freighters earlier this year, bringing the total number of the type to 10. The conversion of the aircraft will start in 2023.

The airline has grown to rely nearly exclusively on Boeing 777 freighters for its cargo operations. Emirates, which was the 777F’s debut client, operates scheduled and charter flights to locations on all six continents with its current fleet of 777F aircraft. The airline has grown to rely nearly exclusively on Boeing 777 freighters for its cargo operations. 

Emirates was the Boeing 777 freighter’s debut client. Since then, the adaptable aircraft has evolved into the backbone of the airline’s operations, flying scheduled and charter flights to locations on all seven continents.

Emirates has committed to purchasing additional Boeing 777 freighters as it plans to expand its fleet of freighters in the upcoming years

Emirates can easily transport time-sensitive cargo, fresh goods, pharmaceuticals, pets, vehicles, and champion racehorses from the point of origin to the point of destination because of the 777-F’s range and payload abilities.

Emirates currently has a fleet of 11 Boeing 777 freighters in operation in addition to its widebody 777 and A380 passenger fleet, which both have belly-hold cargo space.

Following the COVID-19 epidemic, the demand for cargo services has increased globally, and Emirates wants a bigger piece of the pie. It has made it clear that it intends to be prepared to meet the constantly increasing demand for air cargo by developing its fleet and network and entering strategic partnerships.

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