DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - US aircraft manufacturer Boeing and Emirates airlines announced a $15.1 billion aircraft purchase for 40 787-10 aircraft resulting in the creation of thousands of US jobs. The deal was announced at the 2017 Dubai airshow. 

The 787-10, also know as the 787-X, is 18 ft longer than the 787-9 yet shares more than 95% commonality with its smaller sibling. With its unprecedented low fuel use and operating costs, the 787-10 is the most efficient replacement for older twin-aisle jets such as the A330-300.

According to the US Department of Commerce, a deal of this size would support approximately 75,000 direct and indirect US jobs. The first of the aircraft from this weekend's deal are expected to be delivered in 2022. 

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"Emirates' orders today will be delivered from 2022, taking the airline well into the 2030s. Some of these will be replacements so that we maintain a young and efficient fleet, and others will power our future network growth. 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," said His Highness Sheik Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline and Group. "It has always been Emirates' strategy to invest in the most advanced and efficient aircraft, and today's orders reflect that. Today's announcement also speaks to our confidence in the future of aviation in the UAE and the region."

Emirates is the world's largest Boeing 777 operator and will be the first to receive the new 777X in 2020. In selecting the 787-10, Emirates complements their 777 fleet with a medium twin-aisle airplane that offers 25 percent better fuel efficiency per seat and emissions than the airplanes it replaces.

Emirates offers two daily non-stop flights from Newark to Dubai. The carrier is also the only airline to offer year-round daily service from Newark to Athens.