Dubai Airshow: Etihad Orders 56 Boeing Widebody Jets; Launch Customer for 777X; Adds 87 Airbus Jets

  • Nov 16, 2013 11:57pm GMT

Updated November 17 @ 9:20pm GMT

Etihad continued their impressive fleet enhancements with the addition of 87 new Airbus aircraft, including 50 Airbus A350XWB widebodies, 36 A320NEO narrow-body jets and one A330-200F freighter.

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Abu Dhabi based airline Etihad Airways kicked off the Dubai Airshow with an order for 56 widebody aircraft, with options for an additional 26 aircraft. The airline is the launch customer for Boeing's new 777X aircraft, with firm orders for 17 777-9Xs and eight 777-8Xs.

The airline also ordered 30 787-10 aircraft, which will bring their 787 fleet to 71 total aircraft once all are delivered, making Etihad the largest 787 operator in the world. They placed options for an additional 12 787-10s. The order also pushed Boeing past the 1,000 aircraft mark for total 787 orders among all airlines worldwide.

The final order in the widebody tally was for one additional 777F freighter, with an option for 2 additional freighters.

"Boeing has been a long-term strategic partner for Etihad throughout that journey, playing an integral role in our growth, said Etihad Airways President and CEO James Hogan. "I am delighted we are extending our relationship, bringing industry-leading aircraft into our modern fleet."

"We are very proud of our relationship with Etihad Airways which began nine years ago with an order for five 777-300ERs," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. "It is gratifying that as one of the world's fastest growing airlines, Etihad continues to have confidence in Boeing's products by ordering the 777X as well as by increasing its order for the 787. We look forward to further strengthening this partnership as Etihad continues to build its position as a forerunner in the global aviation industry."

The Dubai Airshow continues through Thursday.