Emirates has taken delivery of its 146th and final B777-300ER aircraft, having operated the aircraft type since 2005.
The Gulf carrier is the world’s largest operator of the B777, with Emirates having operated one in five of all B777-300ERs manufactured to date.
The carrier said that its B777-300ERs currently operate to over 119 destinations, with its B777 fleet having carried nearly 350 million passengers on 1.28 million flights since 1996. Emirates also operates ten B777-200LRs, and has previously flown the B777-200, B777-200ER and B777-300 models.
The airline has ordered a total of 150 of the next-generation B777-8 and B777-9 aircraft, with deliveries set to start in 2020.
Commenting on the milestone delivery Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline said:
“The Boeing 777-300ER has been a cornerstone of Emirates’ success story as the world’s largest international airline. The aircraft’s efficiency, range and payload capabilities have enabled us to connect our customers across six continents to and through Dubai, and offer them a flight experience that is second to none.
“With 140 of these aircraft in our fleet, the Boeing 777-300ER will continue to play an integral role in our operations and facilitating global tourism and trade opportunities in the years to come.”
“We’ve worked closely with Boeing on the 777 programme over the last three decades, and we will build on this partnership as we start taking delivery of the 777-8 and 777-9 aircraft from 2020.”
In 2016 Emirates moved to an all-A380 and B777 fleet, having retired the last of its A330 and A340 aircraft.