Aircraft News - Africa / Middle East.


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Boeing Emirates Group

Emirates signed a Heads of Agreement at the Farnborough Airshow for 10 of Boeing's new 747-8F aircraft, to be powered by General Electric's GEnx jet engines, in a deal worth $3.3 billion becoming the third customer for the freighter version behind Cargolux and Nippon Cargo Airlines, which launched the program last year with combined firm orders for 18. The engine component of this deal is valued at more than $600 million. The 10 747-8F aircraft, scheduled for delivery from 2010, will support Emirates' long-term growth plans by providing additional capacity and operational flexibility for its air cargo services. Emirates also announced it will add another two 747-400Fs to its leased fleet next year. The freighter orders have led to speculation that the carrier may order the passenger version to replace its order for 18 A340-600HGWs, which is on hold, although it does not operate any 747 passenger aircraft. To date, no airline has ordered the 747-8 Intercontinental. Emirates currently operates nine wide-bodied Boeing 747Fs and Airbus A310Fs, and also has eight 777Fs on its order books. Jul 18, 2006

Boeing, Emirates Group

Emirates Group Chairman and CEO Sheikh Ahmed Al-Maktoum only would say at the Farnborough Airshow that the carrier is "always looking at something new and we are very pleased with our Boeing aircraft we have in service. We will be looking at the 747-8 [Intercontinental]." The airline, which is doubling in size every four years, is targeting the projected 6% annual growth in air cargo. "The 747-8 freighters that we are ordering today will put Emirates in a strong position to tap into the growth of cargo traffic and reinforce Dubai's standing as a growing international hub for air cargo and logistics," it said in a statement. Jul 17, 2006

Boeing, Load Air Cargo

Load Air Cargo ordered two 747-400ERs for delivery in 2009. The recently launched Kuwait-based carrier holds an exclusive license to carry freight to and from Kuwait. Jul 17, 2006

Boeing, Qatar Airways

Qatar Behind USD$4.9 Bln Boeing 777 Order. Qatar Airways is the airline behind a USD$4.9 billion order for 20 Boeing 777 long-range planes listed as an unidentified customer on the planemaker's order book, industry sources said on Monday. Boeing released a statement saying a final deal had been signed worth USD$4.9 billion...

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