Emirates orders planes worth $19bn


Dubai-based Emirates has ordered aircraft worth $19 billion at the Paris Air Show.

The carrier confirmed purchase orders for 21 more Airbus A380-800s, and leasing orders for two A380-800s. The additional 23 aircraft bring Emirates' total order for the giant double-deck jetliner to 45, the most ordered by any airline.

Emirates also announced orders for more four-engined A340s, purchasing two more A340-500s and 18 of the A340-600s, as well as leasing two A340-600s from ILFC, the International Lease Finance Corporation. This makes Emirates the launch customer for the A340-600.

The airline also said it had operating lease orders for 26 Boeing 777-300Ers - 14 from General Electric Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) and 12 from the International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC).