LONDON (Reuters) – Delivery delays to Boeing’s 777X jetliner are holding back Emirates’ growth and could partially affect the Gulf carrier’s broader requirements for wide-body aircraft, airline President Tim Clark said on Thursday.
Dubai-based Emirates has 150 of the 350-400-seat model on order, of which eight were originally slated for delivery next year, and has yet to firm up orders for 40 of Boeing’s mid-size 787 jets.
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The world’s largest operator of long-haul aircraft is also in talks to complete an order for 70 Airbus jets, with both sets of negotiations in focus ahead of the Dubai Airshow in November.
Boeing suspended load testing on its new 777X in September, when media reports said a cargo door failed a ground test. There have also been issues with its General Electric GE9X engine, the largest ever produced for an airliner.
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The plane was originally due to reach Emirates, its first operator and biggest customer, in June 2020.
In an interview, Clark said Emirates no longer expects to receive the first 777X before “April or the second quarter” of the following year.
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“That has conditioned everything else,” he told Reuters on the sidelines of the Airlines 2050 conference in London.
“First of all I want to know when the thing’s going to come,” he added. “Our fleet plans are very much driven by when these aircraft are going to be delivered to us.”
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The airline’s capacity growth is being held back by the delivery delays and will resume only “when I get some visibility...
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