(Posted 17th November 2023)
Emirates has signed an order for an additional 15 A350-900s at the Dubai Airshow, taking its total order to 65 aircraft.
HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group said, “The A350-900s will add to our fleet mix and we are pleased to announce additional orders for this aircraft type. We plan to deploy our A350s to serve a range of new markets including long-haul missions of up to 15 hours flying time from Dubai. We will work closely with Airbus and Rolls-Royce to ensure our aircraft deliver the best possible operating efficiency and flying experience for our customers. Emirates’ orders this week are all carefully planned to support our future growth and the Dubai economic vision set out by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The Emirates experience is often the first visitor experience of Dubai – and we want it to be the best.”
Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International said, “With this agreement we mark another solid step forward in the long standing relationship agreement between Emirates and Airbus. A relationship founded on a pursuit of innovation, efficiency and operational excellence. Just as the A380 established itself at the heart of Emirates operations, we are equally proud of what the A350 will do in the years to come.”
The A350 is the world’s most modern and efficient widebody aircraft and the long range leader in the 300-410 seater category, flying efficiently on any sector from short-haul to ultra-long-haul routes up to 9,700nm. Its clean sheet design includes state-of-the-art technologies, aerodynamics, lightweight materials and latest generation engines that together deliver 25% advantage in fuel burn, operating costs and CO? emissions, as well as 50% noise reduction compared to previous generation competitor aircraft.
At the end of October, the A350 had won over 1,000 orders from leading carriers from around the globe.
Meanwhile did Rolls Royce announce that it welcomes Emirates’ order for 15 Trent XWB-84 powered A350-900s. This takes its total order for the Trent XWB family to 130 engines, which will start to deliver in 2025.
The order confirms the airline’s confidence in this winning aircraft/engine combination, which has set an industry benchmark for efficiency and reliability.
This order will add to Emirates’ existing Rolls-Royce fleet of 132 Trent 900s.
Rob Watson, President, Rolls-Royce – Civil Aerospace, said:
“Today’s announcement proves once again that our customers have confidence in the power of the Trent XWB to support their expanding operations.
With proven reliability and versatility, the Trent XWB – the world’s most efficient large aero-engine in service – is the ideal platform to support Emirates as it continues to expand its network.
Rolls-Royce’s relationship with Emirates began in 1996 with selection of Trent power and we look forward to continuing this valuable partnership far into the future.”
More than 56 customers have chosen to order and/or operate the Trent XWB, which is the world’s most efficient large aero-engine in service.