Dubai (Reuters) said Tim Clark, CEO of Emirates AirlinesToday, Wednesday, it’s unlikely you will receive it Boeing 777Xs Before the first quarter of 2024.
Boeing is developing the wide-body airliner, a new version of the 777, with a target for launch in late 2023, already three years behind schedule.
“The 777X was scheduled to come in June of last year, and now it is unlikely, I think, before the first quarter of 2024,” Clark said at a virtual summit organized by CAPA Aviation Consulting.
A Boeing spokeswoman told «Reuters» that the company still expects to start deliveries of its 777X aircraft in late 2023.
The Boeing 777X will be the first major aircraft to gain official accreditation since software bugs caused the downing of the 737 Max aircraft, prompting accusations of a largely cordial relationship between the company and the US Federal Aviation Administration.
But the certification process for the new aircraft is expected to be longer and more expensive after an audit of the 737 MAX, which has been banned from flying for nearly two years after the two fatal crashes.
Emirates Airlines initially ordered 150 777Xs, which could accommodate 406 passengers, but is currently ordering only 126 aircraft. Analysts say that the “Covid-19” crisis has overshadowed the demand forecast for such large aircraft.
The new aircraft was initially scheduled to enter service with Emirates Airlines in June 2020.
Meanwhile, Tim Clark said that global travel will likely remain weak until the end of the year as countries re-apply strict restrictions to control infections with “Covid-19”.
Clark’s comments represent a more pessimistic view after he told Reuters last month that he did not believe that the new wave of injuries and restrictions would impede again the recovery.
“It will take longer than I had hoped,” Clarke said during the summit, “and I think we will probably see some difficulties.” We will not see a return to energy as I had hoped in July and August, I think, perhaps (it will return) in the last quarter of this year. ”
And Britain announced this week that travelers coming from certain countries will have to enter a mandatory hotel quarantine for a period of ten days, in a system similar to Australia.
Clark, who has postponed his retirement decision to deal with the Corona virus crisis, said countries like Britain had made “very harsh decisions” on international travel.
The British government has said that tougher measures are needed to prevent new strains of the virus from hampering its rapid vaccination program.
In January, Britain re-imposed quarantine restrictions on travelers from the United Arab Emirates, at a time when cases in the Gulf country increased rapidly.
Clark said he expected governments to continue to close borders and impose restrictions on international travel so that they better understand how to deal with the new strains.
The 71-year-old veteran sector official tended during the crisis to be more optimistic about recovery than many of his peers.
Unlike some other airlines, Emirates Airlines lacks a domestic market to cushion the impact of the downturn in international travel.