At the Dubai Airshow 2019, Dubai-based Emirates announced the carrier will be placing a firm order for 50 Airbus A350-900 XWB aircraft worth a whopping US$16 billion at list prices. The deal was sealed by Emirates' Chairman and Chief Executive Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum and Airbus' Chief Executive Officer Guillaume Faury.

Earlier this year, Emirates made known its intention to purchase 30 Airbus A350-900's and 40 upgraded Airbus A330 neo's. However, that will not be happening - Emirates has made its decision to go with the order for 50 new Airbus A350-900 XWB aircraft instead.

The state-of-the-art widebody Airbus A350-900 XWB jet is built to be more efficient and lighter while also reducing its carbon footprint - a win-win for the carrier and the environment over long run. Plus, the aircraft type greatly complements Emirates' fleet of Airbus A380's and variants of the Boeing 777 when it comes to added operational flexibility in terms of capacity, deployment and range.

The A350-900 XWB will allow Emirates to serve an array of new markets in the region as well as long-haul destinations that take up to 15 hours of flight time from Dubai. Known for providing one of the best travel experiences in the skies, Emirates has revealed its new A350-900 XWB will feature its latest products, including Premium Cabin.

The first of Emirates' Airbus A350-900 XWB aircraft is poised to be delivered in May 2023, with delivery continuing until 2028.

For those who are wondering, The Airbus A350-900 XWB is the first aircraft type Emirates has placed firm orders for that isn't the iconic Airbus A380 or workhorse Boeing 777. At this time, Emirates operates its flights using the Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 jets in its fast-growing fleet.

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