Emirates Announces Commitment for 40 Boeing 787-10s

Emirati visitors pass U.S. Airforce planes during the Dubai Air Show United Arab Emirates Monday Nov. 13 2017

Emirati visitors pass U.S. Airforce planes during the Dubai Air Show United Arab Emirates Monday Nov. 13 2017

Emirates also announced on Sunday a commitment to buy 40 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners with a market value of $15.1 billion.

However, the order for the jets whose production helps support thousands of jobs at Airbus's United Kingdom plants has so failed to materialise.

Emirates' partnership with Boeing spans decades.

The United Arab Emirates-based carrier will also become the first to receive the new Boeing 777X in 2020.

Emirates' agreement includes conversion rights to switch the aircraft to 787-9s, offering the airline additional flexibility for its future fleet and global network.

"It has always been Emirates' strategy to invest in the most advanced and efficient aircraft, and today's orders reflect that", Al Maktoum continued.

A desperately needed order from Emirates for A380 "superjumbos" that would help keep alive the programme hangs on Airbus being able to secure orders for the giant airliner from other customers.

Boeing has delivered more than 600 787s since deliveries began in 2011.

"This is an airplane that will set a new benchmark for operating economics in the commercial aviation industry when it enters service next year".