Dubai airline Emirates has announced it is to buy 30 new Boeing crafts to add to its fleet.

Airline Emirates has announced it has made an order for a number of new Boeing crafts, as part of the expansion of its fleet.The Dubai-based luxury airline has ordered 30 777-300ER aircraft from Boeing, worth a total of more than $9 billion (£5.8 billion). The airline already runs more than 50 of the Boeing liners.

Commenting on the new order, chairman and chief executive of the airline Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum said: “Our latest deal signals Emirates’ confidence in the growth of the thriving aviation sector and our commitment to building a modern, environmentally efficient fleet for tomorrow.”

The signing for the new aircraft took place at the recent Farnborough Air Show, which also saw the first landing on UK soil of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, a tech-heavy new craft designed to give optimum comfort to economy customers as well as business class travellers.

The Dreamliner boasts LED lighting technology aimed at helping passengers avoid jet lag on long-haul flights.

Written by Alex Cochrane

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