By Tom Arnold
Arrival of the Dubai-based carrier's 78th plane puts it in top operator slot.
Emirates announced it was now the world’s largest airline operator of Boeing 777 aircraft after taking delivery of its 78th plane on Thursday.Another 28 Boeing 777s, valued at $7bn, were pending delivery, it said in a release.
The latest arrival - a Boeing 777-300ER configured for long distance journeys - brought Emirates’ total fleet to 137 wide-body Boeing and Airbus aircraft.
Emirates was the only airline to operate every model in the Boeing 777 family including 200s, 200ERs, 200LRS, 300s, 300ERs and freighters, it said.
The airline took delivery of its first 777, a Boeing 777-200, in 1996.
Emirates’ investment in building the world’s largest Boeing 777 fleet had played a role in maintaining and strengthening the global aviation manufacturing industry, said Marty Bentrott, Boeing commercial airplanes' vice president of sales for the Middle East, Central and South Asia.