Emirates not counting on receiving 777X next year

President Sir Tim Clark insists on 13 to 16 month test period for Boeing’s new jet, which has had to suspend load testing after cargo door issue
Boeing's 777-9 777-8 side-by-side
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Boeing's 777-9 777-8 side-by-side

Emirates’s boss does not expect to take delivery of the Boeing 777X jets that the airline was scheduled to receive next year.

Boeing’s 777-9 – the largest twin-engine jet in the world – has encountered delays and the manufacturer has suspended load testing of the plane.

Now, Emirates’ president Sir Tim Clark doubts that any of the 115 planes the airline ordered will be delivered in 2020.

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At the Aviation Show on Monday, Clark said: “By the end of next year we were to have eight of them. Now it doesn’t look like we will have any.“

While Boeing intends to begin flight testing on the 777X in 2020 and have it enter service in the same year, Clark said he insists on a 13 to 16 month test period for the new plane.

Last month, Clark told reporters that he would not take on new planes from Boeing or Airbus unless they were truly ready.

He said at the aviation show that manufacturers should not over-promise on new aircraft capability.

In 2013, Emirates placed an order for 150 777Xs and four-years later placed a prelimineary order for 40 787s. Clark said he still believes the 777 has a role to play in Emirates.

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