Consequently, thanks to the firm order – valued at more than US$1.7 billion at list prices – two 777Fs are poised for hand over in 2024, while the remaining trio are scheduled to follow the year after.
The new jets will be operated by Emirates SkyCargo – the airfreight division of Emirates.
HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline and Group, said: “Emirates is investing in new freighters so that we can continue to serve customer demand with the latest fuel-efficient aircraft. This order reflects Emirates’ confidence in airfreight demand and overall aviation sector growth. It lays the ground for our continued growth, which is driven by the reach of our diverse global network, the advanced handling infrastructure at our Dubai hub, and the tailored transport solutions that Emirates has developed to serve our varied customers’ needs.”
At the time of writing, Emirates already fields an 11-strong 777F fleet. The carrier was a launch customer for the widebody type after its first example, A6-EFD (c/n 35606), joined in March 2009 – this particular airframe has since left the fleet and today flies for Atlas Air.
Meanwhile, as part of efforts to boost its air cargo capability, the UAE carrier has already added a brand-new pair of 777Fs – A6-EFT (c/n 67462) and A6-EFU (c/n 67463) – in mid-2022; this order was initially announced at the Dubai Airshow 2021. Elsewhere, in a further boost, Emirates plans to convert ten 777-300ERs into freighters, with conversion work scheduled to begin from next year.