The latest deal continues the close relationship between the two firms, with Emirates being the largest operator of Boeing's 777 fleet - something that will continue with Emirates set to be the first to receive the 777X in 2020. Emirates will buy 40 of Boeing's new 787-10, the largest model in the family of Dreamliner composite airliners, with deliveries planned to start in 2022.
Emirates Airline kicked off the 2017 Dubai Air Show on Sunday with the unveiling of its brand new first class suite. We have adjusted our capacity...it's only 2% growth, but does that mean to say Emirates is going to be stuck at 2% growth?
Emirates uses A380s on its services out of New Zealand. The carrier began its operations mimicking Southwest Airlines and flying shorter flights around the region with fewer frills.
The business class seat was inspired "by the interior of a modern sports vehicle", has a 72-inch seat which turns into a fully lie-flat bed, touchscreen controls for the seat and in-flight entertainment system, privacy panels between seats, a shoe storage area, and a personal mini-bar. "They (Airbus leaders) are all here", Clark said.
"I take guidance from my bosses, basically, if they want to take it on, we can do a lot of things", said Clark.
Sunday's Boeing deal comes after Emirates in 2014 canceled an agreement with Airbus for 70 long-range A350 jets after the plane maker chose to redesign parts of the airplane. The shift to higher seat-counts became more acute in 2016 when the last of its legacy fleet of A330-200s, A340-300s/500s and 777-200ERs retired.
However, Airbus no longer seemed to expect the order to come through at the Dubai Air Show.
The termination of the order for 50 A350-900s and 20 -1000s left nothing smaller than the 777-300ER on backlog - an aircraft that seats 354-428 passengers in Emirates' various configurations. "Throughout the aircraft, our customers will see modern and airy cabins, with painstaking attention to detail evident in design touches such as the textured wall and ceiling panels, lighting features, and more", Clark said. How Boeing and the engine manufacturers are proposing to tackle these concerns is not clear, but Emirates' decision to place a $15.1 billion commitment at Dubai indicates that Clark is satisfied now that solutions have been identified. The manufacturer hopes a new Emirates order will stimulate demand with other carriers for general demand to pick up over the years. That's more than double the 104.2 million passengers that used Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in 2016, the world's busiest airport.