History in the making

DUBAI - The first day of the Dubai Airshow was truly one for the history books. There was a flurry of order activity in the first few hours as four of our great Middle East airline customers announced orders and commitments for 342 airplanes valued at $100 billion at list prices.

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What a beauty! The new 777X sporting a new livery.

The 777X, with its new burgundy livery, was also officially launched with 259 orders and commitments valued at more than $95 billion—the largest product launch in commercial jetliner history by dollar value. We thank Emirates, Etihad, Lufthansa and Qatar for their support in making the world’s next great airplane a reality.

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Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney (third from left) presents a 777X model in Emirates livery to His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Emirates Airline. To McNerney’s left is His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai. At far right is Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways.

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This giant 777X model is now proudly on display in Dubai.

The 787 also reached its 1,000th order with a 787-10 order from Etihad. It is a milestone reached faster than any other twin-aisle airplane in aviation history.

Also, flydubai announced a commitment for up to 100 737 MAX 8 airplanes and 11 Next-Generation 737-800s. That’s the largest ever Boeing single-aisle airplane purchase in the Middle East.

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Here’s an image of a 737 MAX in flydubai livery.

Be sure to check out our special 777X website for more photos and video. While we may not be able to top Day One in Dubai, we look forward to what the rest of the air show has to offer this week.

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The 777X at night.

Comments (5)

Abdul al-Hamim:

Wonderful to be at the press conference to see this launch!

Great day for Boeing and Emirates!

Marc A (Near JFK Airport (Springfield Gdns, NY)):

It is exceptional to see such orders for the Boeing Jets in Dubai, particularly the 777x. With performance guarantees, this will dominate the widebody market.

TO BOEING: A good idea is to get the 777-8 to fly the London/Sydney mission, since efficiencies will be better than the current model.

Still would like to see a few orders for the 747-8i (don't give up).
Lastly, congrats and keep up the orders rolling in.

Jeffrey Magnet (Newton Centre, MA 02459):

Hello and Congrats on a great Dubai show so far!

Can you please pass this information on to the folks at Boeing who approve 1/400 and 1/200 models. Please make sure that the model makers, when releasing the B777x-8, have folding wing tips so that they look more realistic.

I was also wondering if anyone could tell me what reg the AA B773ER One World will have. I am having a modeler convert a Gemini Jets AA B773ER for me but it has to be realistic too.

Thank you,

RICHARD CAMPBELL (NASSAU,NP,BAHAMAS):

THE 777-8-9 WILL CONTINUE TO SET THE STANDARD FOR THE FUTURE.BOEING AS MADE THE RIGHT DECISION TO BUILD THIS AIRCRAFT.EMIRATES CONTINUE TO BE THE LEADER IN BUYING THIS TYPE.AND IT AS JUST DONE SO AGAIN.
CONGRATULATION TO BOEING AND ALL THE GULF CARRIES THAT ORDER THIS AIRCRAFT.

Norman (Long Beach, CA):

What a great deal on 342 planes at a value of $100 billion. Congrats on the 777-9 launch.

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