Emirates placed its order for ten Boeing 777-200LR aircraft along with 24 777-300ERs
and 8 777 Freighters at the 2005 Dubai Air Show with deliveries commencing in August
Marketed as the WorldLiner the 777-200LR has the fuselage of the 777-200 combined
with an increased maximum take-off weight, three extra fuel tanks in the rear cargo
hold , redesigned main landing gear and the same wings as the 777-300ER. This makes
for an advertised range of 8865nm. To demonstrate the range Boeing flew a 777-200LR
from Hong Kong - London Heathrow via Pacific and Atlantic crossings.
For Emirates the new aircraft enabled it to begin non-stop services from Dubai to
West Coast USA
destinations for the first time. On 1 October 2007 Emirates used the Boeing 777-200LR
to launch services between Dubai and Sao Paolo, marking the first ever non-stop flight
between the Middle East and South America.
The 10 strong 777-200LR fleet operate long distance routes from Dubai to Houston
and Los Angeles but are also found on shorter routes not requiring the capacity of
the larger Boeing 777-300ER.