This is from this week's Flight International (Oct 22-28, 2002).
According to the report, Emirates is finalising major deals with Airbus and Boeing for 50+ aircraft orders. These will include additional A380-800, A340-600ER, plus a large order of B777-300ER.
The airline plans to expand from current 44 widebodies jet to 110 in 2010. Chief director of the airline Tim Clark says the deal will be announced in the next 3-6 months.
Emirates currently operates 18 B777s (all RR-powered), 3+ on order. The airline planned to acquire additional 25 plus 8 A340-600ER (If Airbus launched such program) since 2001.
Clark says the airline is evaluating RR and PW version for the baseline of 773, as well as the GE90-powered -300ER. "If we choose the -300ER, then we will take all 25 as this variant," he adds.
Clark says that Boeing and GE are evaluating an increased thrust version of the 115,000lb-thrust (512kN) GE90-115B, rated at 120,000lb, to try to meet Emirates' requirement for year-round operations from its Dubai hub. Although General Electric GE90 advanced product integration manager Dick Ostrom says that the formal requirement for additional thrust "has not surfaced, and Boeing hasn't asked for that capability yet", he adds. "We have always felt there is growth capability beyond 115,000lb."
Meanwhile, Clark says that the A340-600 model "is now offerable and we are talking to Airbus about an order". This aircraft will have maximum take-off weight increased by 8,000kg (17,620lb) to 376,000kg and the thrust of its Trent 500s increased slightly to around 58,000-60,000lb, he says.
Emirates plans to introduce A340-600ER in mid-2005 for flights to Australia and Eastern US. First US and Australia non-stop service is due 2003, when the airline begins receiving A340-500.
Clark also mentioned that the airline will add additional A380 order, with unspecified number.
In 2003, Emirates will begin to reduce its capacity, due to the introduction of major upgrades to its cabins. This will see the increasing seat pitch. From 2003, 380-seat B777-300 will be dropped to 330-seat. "which is why we need so many more aircraft," says Clark.