Emirates places huge Boeing 787 Dreamliners order

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A Boeing 787 is pictured at Boeing's production facility in Everett, Washington, U.S. June 1, 2017. Reuters / Jason Redmond

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Emirates Airlines on Sunday agreed to purchase 40 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners for $15.1 billion, its chief Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum said at the opening of the Dubai Air Show.

Emirates is already the world&39;s largest client for Boeing&39;s 777, with 165 jets and another 164 on firm order.

Sheikh Ahmed said the deal raises total orders from Boeing, the global competitor of Airbus Industries, to as high as $90 billion.

Delivery of the Dreamliners is scheduled to start in 2022.

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Emirates, the largest carrier in the Middle East, is also the world&39;s biggest client for Airbus 380 superjumbo jets with 100 planes. It has firm orders for another 46 jets.

"We have reached a conclusion that the Boeing 787-10 jets are the best choice for us," Sheikh Ahmed said.

"Emirates&39; orders today will be delivered from 2022, taking the airline well into the 2030s," he said in a statement.

"Some of these will be replacements so that we maintain a young and efficient fleet, and others will power our future network growth," he said.

"We see the 787 as a great complement to our 777 and A380 fleet, providing us with more flexibility to serve a range of destinations as we develop our global route network."