Boeing 787 delayed: Emirates plans to buy more Airbus A350s

The Dubai airline expects the Boeing 787 to be delayed for years, so Emirates is flirting with the increase in its Airbus order and is also targeting the A350-1000.

At the end of April, Tim Clark let the order for the Boeing 787 falter for the first time. In view of the Dreamliner delays, the Emirates President said: “We are reviewing the whole situation and will see if the 787 has a seat. in the fleet or not “.

In an interview with reporters on the sidelines of the ILA in Berlin, Clark now explains: “Under the contract, we would receive our first Boeing 787 next May, ie in eleven months. I don’t think we’ll get them before 2025 or 2026. “It’s too late for Emirates. Especially since the largest Boeing 777-9, also ordered by the airline, is also late.

More Airbus A350s instead of Boeing 787-9s?

When asked about alternatives to the 30 787-9s ordered, the President of the Emirates replies: “Maybe even more Airbus A350s”. These could be delivered faster and bridge the gap the golf airline fears between 2024 and 2027.

Emirates has already ordered 50 Airbus A350-900s and, according to Clark, expects them “hopefully from August or September 2024”. This too is a delay of just over a year. Deliveries should be made faster. “Actually, it should have come in three and a half years, now you’re looking to do it in just two years.” However, there are currently problems with booth suppliers, for example with seats and monitors.

Interesting A350-1000 – on one condition

Clark does not rule out switching to the larger variant of the A350 either. “We will also see the A350-1000, but the Rolls-Royce engines have problems,” said the president of the Emirates. “If Rolls makes engines that stay on the wing for at least 2,000-3,000 cycles, we will seriously look into it.”

Regarding Qatar Airways’ criticism of the A350’s surface coating, Clark said of Airbus: “Admit there is a problem.” But you don’t see a safety issue, otherwise you wouldn’t buy the model from Emirates. You’ve had a number of introductions with the producer on “what are you going to do to fix this”.

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