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Boeing 787 delayed: Emirates considers buying more Airbus A350s

Boeing 787 delayed: Emirates considers buying more Airbus A350s

The airline expects Dubai to delay the Boeing 787 for years, so Emirates is looking to increase its demand for Airbus planes – and is also looking at the A350-1000.

At the end of April, Tim Clark left for the first time Boeing 787 ranking fluctuates. Looking at the delays in the Dreamliner, the Emirates president said: “We are reviewing the whole situation and we will see if the 787 has a place in the fleet or not.”

Speaking with reporters on the sidelines of the Israel Lands Administration in Berlin, Clark now explained: “According to the contract, we will receive the first Boeing 787 next May, that is, in eleven months. I don’t think we will get it until 2025 or 2026.” It’s too late for Emirates Airlines. Especially since the larger Boeing 777-9, which the airline also ordered, was also delayed.

More Airbus A350s instead of the Boeing 787-9?

When asked about alternatives to the on-demand 787-9, the UAE president replied: “Maybe more Airbus A350s.” It could be delivered faster and bridge the gap that golf airlines fear between 2024 and 2027.

Emirates has already ordered 50 Airbus A350-900s and, according to Clark, expects it to “hopefully start in August or September 2024”. This is also a delay In just over a year. Delivery should be faster. “Actually, it should have been done in three and a half years, and now you’re trying to do it in just two years.” However, there are currently problems with suppliers of cabins, for example with seats and screens.

A350-1000 is interesting – on one condition

Clark also isn’t ruling out a move to the larger version of the A350. “We will also look at the A350-1000, but the Rolls-Royce engines are having problems,” said the Emirates president. “If Rolls produces engines that stay in the wing for at least 2,000 to 3,000 revolutions, we’ll look into it seriously.”

Consider the criticism that Qatar Airways painting the roof of an A350 Practices, Clark said of Airbus: “You acknowledge there is a problem.” But you don’t see a safety issue, otherwise you wouldn’t buy the model from Emirates. I’ve had a series of presentations with the manufacturer on “what you plan to do to fix the problem”.