Emirates assesses A350 / B777X mix in light of delays
Emirates (EK, Dubai Int’l) intends to review its orders for the A350 and B777X and may review the mix of the two types in light of the delays on the Boeing side, President Tim Clark told Bloomberg during the Dubai Air Show.
“There are still issues that Boeing has to resolve. We also have Airbus planes coming in. So we’re going to take a look at all of this and see how it best fits into the network. In terms of mix and absolute numbers, that could change everything, ”he said.
He pointed out that Emirates were originally scheduled to take their first B777-9 in 2020. Although the type is now slated for certification in mid-2023, Clark said it was “everyone’s guess.” if that schedule would be maintained and said Emirates could get its first unit in 2024. The airline has firm orders for sixteen B777-8s and ninety-nine -9s and is Boeing’s biggest customer of family.
The airline has a habit of juggling widebody orders – in 2014 it canceled an order for fifty A350-900s and twenty A350-1000s, to reorder the -900s in 2019.
For now, Boeing dominates the Emirates order book – the carrier also has around 50 B787-9s from the American manufacturer. However, it also has firm orders for fifty A350-900s and two other A380-800s, strengths of the advanced ch-aviation fleet module. The delivery of the first A350 is scheduled for May 2023. It will mark the return of Emirates as an operator of Airbus jets having withdrawn its last A330-200 in 2016.