By Michael Garko, In Airline News
The Boeing 777 program reached a significant milestone Friday when Boeing delivered the 1000th 777 in Seattle, Washington during a special ceremony. With Friday’s delivery to Dubai-based Emirates, the 777 is the fastest twin-aisle aircraft to 1,000 deliveries in history.
“As the largest 777 customer, it’s very appropriate that Emirates is the recipient of our milestone 1,000th 777,” said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Emirates has set an industry high bar in providing excellent customer service and we’re honored that the 777 is central to its efforts to be a global airline leader.”
“The 777′s reliability, performance and operating economics have firmly established it as the backbone of our fleet,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates Airline & Group in a November press release at the Dubai Air Show announcing an order for 50 Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. “We have an ambitious and strategic plan to continue growing our international network and especially increasing our long-haul, non-stop routes.
At the time, the $18 billion Emirates order was the largest order in terms of dollar amount for Boeing.
“The ultimate measure of success in this business is when you reach the 1,000 mark,” said Larry Loftis, who until recently was vice president and general manager of the 777 program in the Boeing release. “Reaching this milestone puts the 777 in an exclusive club and I would like to thank all our employees, suppliers and customers who made it possible.”
Today’s aircraft delivery will bring the total number of Boeing 777 aircraft in Emirates fleet to 102. Emirates still has 93 Boeing 777s on order, and is the only airline to order and operate all six versions of the Boeing 777.