Airlines Emirates shows keen interest in 7E7 project November 2003 359 Emirates is very interested in the development of Boeing 7E7 — the super-efficient aircraft — as it may play a role in the expansion of the airline’s future global service plans, said a top official. The announcement came as Boeing Commercial Airplanes today briefed Emirates on the new super-efficient airplane, the 7E7 Dreamliner.The airline has displayed a keen interest in the 7E7 - the next demonstration of Boeing’s technology innovation that will revolutionise the way people travel by making it more convenient and affordable, and with less impact on the environment. A team of Boeing executives led by John Feren, vice-president-customers, 7E7 Program, updated Maurice Flanagan, vice-chairman and group president, Emirates Group and other top Emirates officials on the development progress of the 7E7. “Emirates is very interested in the development of the Boeing 7E7 as it may play a role in the expansion of our future global service plan,” said Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman, Emirates and President, Dubai Department of Civil Aviation. “Emirates is a leader in cutting edge developments for passenger service and we see the Boeing 7E7 as a potential means to enable us to maintain our advantage in the market place. We will continue to work closely with Boeing on this project.” Said Feren: “We are excited at the interest that Emirates has in the 7E7.“In fact, we are now working with over 50 airlines around the world to understand their requirements and to share the development progress. “Emirates is one of the world’s most progressive airlines and their contribution to the development of the 7E7 will be invaluable.The 7E7 will carry 200-250 passengers on routes between 6,600 and 8,000 nautical miles (12,200 to 14,800 km). In addition to bringing big-jet ranges to mid-size aircraft, the 7E7 will use 20 per cent less fuel than today’s planes of comparable size and will fly at Mach 0.85, as fast as today’s fastest wide bodies. Passengers will also experience innovations ranging from a new interior environment with higher humidity to increased comfort and convenience.