Aircraft manufacturers should not keep promises about new aircraft capabilities, Emirates president Tim Clark said.
Clark said during a conference in Dubai yesterday that he sees a place for the aircraft «787 Dreamliner» produced by the US company «Boeing», in the fleet «Emirates». He said he told Boeing that the 777X should be tested in 13 to 16 months, adding that he did not expect to get any 777-9 next year. "By the end of next year we had eight, but now we don't seem to have any," Clark said.
Emirates was supposed to take delivery of its first 777-9 in 2020, but the aircraft manufacturer halted the cargo test for the new wide-body aircraft last September, when media reports said one of the baggage doors had not passed the test. Ground stress.
There were also problems with GE's new turbo engine GE9X, which will operate the aircraft.
Boeing said it expects to conduct the initial test flight in 2020 and is targeting 777X commercial operation in the same year.
In 2013, Emirates ordered 150 777Xs, including 777-8 options. It later ordered an initial purchase of 40 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in 2017.
Boeing is also unable to deliver any of its 737 MAX aircraft. The single-aisle aircraft was halted around the world in March after two devastating crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed 346 people.
Clark said last month that Emirates would not get new planes from Airbus and Boeing if they were not really ready, stressing that engine manufacturers Rolls-Royce and General Electric should improve their reliability.
777X ordered by Emirates in 2013
Emirates ordered an initial purchase of 40 787 Dreamliners in 2017.