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Emirates inks largest biggest aircraft order in aviation history

Emirates Airline has said it has placed a request for 150 Boeing Co 777x planes worth $56bn, the largest single order in aviation history, to expand what is already the world’s largest wide-body fleet, Bloomberg has reported. The deal for 115 400-seat 777-9Xs and 35 smaller 777-8Xs firms up a commitment announced in 2013, and has an option for 50 more aircraft that would boost the value to $75bn, the carrier said. “The 777X will offer us operational flexibility in terms of range, more passenger capacity and fuel efficiency,” Emirates President, Tim Clark, said. The first aircraft are due for delivery in 2020, he said.