HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group, said that he held a positive meeting with Boeing on the sidelines of the Dubai Airshow 2019.
The talks included delays in the delivery of Emirates' first 777X aircraft, as well as Boeing's plans to bring the 737 MAX back into service, he said.
The aircraft «777X»
In an interview with the media yesterday, His Highness explained that compensation is part of the rights of companies when there is a disruption in business, and the affected party is entitled to request compensation, but we do not build our policy on this, but on the operations and generate profits from the business.
He added: "We are trying to determine the period of time for deliveries of the aircraft (777X), which will be among the options to transfer some of the aircraft (777) to retire in the fleet (Emirates) in the coming period," adding that the capacity of the operations of the carrier will not shrink Delays in the delivery of certain types of aircraft.
Regarding the airline's efforts to amend the order of 150 777X aircraft after the delay in delivery schedule, he said that "all possibilities are open," noting that his meeting with Boeing was good in the broad lines, and the team will follow the rest of the details to reach results He expressed his hope to announce this during the «Dubai Air Show 2019».
The aircraft «737 Max»
His Highness explained that the return of the aircraft «737 Max» to the service requires a set of procedures even if obtained the approval of the US Federal Aviation Agency, pointing out that it may be related to the approval of other international bodies, such as the European Aviation Safety Agency, as well as local bodies such as the General Authority He asked whether civil aviation authorities would be allowed to return to service at the same time.
“Flydubai operates its flights to the region and European markets, so the airline's approvals must be considered within these markets. The return of the aircraft, which has been inoperative since March, needs to be arranged. ».
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed said that Emirates has not distracted from the A330, noting that discussions are continuing.
His Highness confirmed that the airline is still in talks with the Boeing 787 Dreamliners, pointing out that Emirates is diversifying its fleet according to its needs and the airline network.
His Highness explained that the expansion of Dubai airports and work to increase the capacity to about 120 million passengers, will not affect the expansion of traffic at Al Maktoum International Airport.
More than 5.27 million passengers have benefited from the ease of traveling on Emirates and flydubai's network since the two airlines began their partnership in October 2017, he said.
He added that the cooperation frameworks between the two carriers can be expanded in many areas without merger.
His Highness stressed that all Emirates' expansion options are open, and in the way that suits them, including the use of flights using "Freedom Five".
Visitors to Expo 2020 Dubai
HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group, said that the budget allocated to the Emirates building at Expo 2020 Dubai exceeds 200 million dirhams for the building and its services. This will exceed, because there is an indirect promotional cost.
In the coming period, he said, Emirates will start offering special offers for visitors to Expo 2020 Dubai, stressing that attracting millions of visitors to the exhibition will not be limited to Emirates only, but various companies operating in the UAE market.