The current Dubai International Airshow kicks-off well for Boeing. Etihad Airways has placed an order for 56 widebody airplanes with options and purchase rights for 26 additional airplanes, valued at a total of $25.2 billion at list prices. And the 2013 Dubai Airshow is just beginning.
The Abu Dhabi-based carrier’s order consists of 17 Boeing 777-9Xs and eight B777-8Xs. Etihad Airways is the first airline to order the 777-8X and will be a launch customer of the airplane, which is expected to enter service around the end of the decade. The order includes options and purchase rights for 12 additional B777X airplanes.
In addition, the airline ordered 30 Boeing 787-10s, the newest and largest member of the 787 Dreamliner family. When today’s order is combined with the carrier’s previous order for 41 787-9s, Etihad Airways becomes the world’s largest airline customer for the Dreamliner family with a total of 71 B787s on order. The order includes options and purchase rights for an additional 12 B787-10s. With the Etihad orders the Dreamliner order list of Boeing has now more than 1,000 airplanes.