Kicking off day four of the 2019 Dubai Airshow; Emirates has placed an order for 30 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, in a deal worth $8.8 billion at list prices.

The deal comes after an initial agreement for 40 787-10 Dreamliners was signed in 2017, which fell through due to supplier issues.

It is also worth noting that just two days ago the airline cancelled plans to purchase 40 Airbus A330-900neos, when placing an order for 50 A350-900s worth $16 billion.

“I am pleased to announce a firm order for 30 Boeing Dreamliners. This is an important investment and addition to our future fleet and it reflects Emirates’ continued efforts to provide the best quality air transport services to our customers.”

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates Chairman and Chief Executive

The 30 aircraft will be complimenting Emirates’ upcoming Boeing 777X jets, however they are part of a conversion right now that saw a reduction in the airline’s total 777X order.

As a result of delays and delivery uncertainty, Emirates opted to convert 30 777 aircraft into 30 787-9s. With this conversion Emirates remains the worlds largest 777X customer, with 126 on order. The original 777X order stood at 150 (115 777-9s and 35 777-8s).

Deliveries of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners are scheduled to take place from 2023, just like the Airbus A350s; launching a completely new fleet dynamic for the airline who only operates the Airbus A380 and Boeing 777.

Including the Airbus A350 order, this announcement takes the total value of Emirates’ firm aircraft commitments at the 2019 Dubai Airshow to $24.8 billion.

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