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After sensationally dumping the A350-900 and A350-1000, Airbus knew it had a massive task to try and win back business from Emirates. The airline has canned orders before and never re-orders jets it ditches – like the A340-600, Emirates is not going back to the A350 family either.
Detailed intelligence states that the 787 will be Emirates’ smaller widebody airplane choice. Snaring Emirates is a massive coup for Boeing – something we’ve predicted for over three years now.
The 30 unidentified orders for 787s on Boeing’s books this year are not the long awaited Emirates order. The majority of these are for Singapore Airlines and a slew of Chinese airlines.
With Sir Tim Clark confirming that Airbus has killed the A380neo, Emirates’ fleet of existing A380s will start to be withdrawn when the 777-9 fleet reaches double digits.
Emirates’ new 777-9 will replace both A380 and 777-300ER fleets. Beneath that, Emirates has selected the 787-9 and 787-10 for its smaller twin-aisle, medium-to-long haul route network to provide it with better competitive capabilities on thinner city pairs where the A380 and 777-300ER are too much airplane.
In tandem with its new focus and relationship with sister airline flydubai, Emirates will forgo buying narrowbody airplanes and instead deploy 787s on routes where flydubai’s 737 MAX 8s aren’t big enough.
Emirates is equipped with all the data it needs and to those in the know, the Chairman and Chief Executive of this bellwether airline, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum has long since been an admirer of the 787s vaunted capabilities – now he’s on the verge of gaining a true game-changing airplane family to help turn around Emirates’ fortunes in the face of recent economic and financial challenges.
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