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DUBAI Gulf-based airline Emirates remains unsure regarding the delivery of Boeing's new generation jet 777X. The Middle-Eastern carrier has already positioned itself as the launch operator of the aircraft known for its groundbreaking foldable wingtips.

With its 777X order in 2013, Emirates placed the biggest aircraft order by cost in commercial aviation history. The order comprised 150 Boeing 777X aircraft worth a staggering $76 billion ($83 billion in 2020). It consisted of 35 777-8 and 115 777-9 aircraft. Although the order has slightly been reduced the carrier still represents a considerable commitment to the biggest and most-efficient twinjet airliner. Its current order book consists of 115 777X aircraft in total. Nevertheless, it is now taking longer than anticipated for the luxurious Dubai-based carrier to get these aircraft into operation.

The pandemic has slowed the development of the Boeing 777X program. Earlier in 2020, reports emerged that Emirates was not expecting deliveries of this aircraft until 2022. Notably, this is not the first time that the airline’s 777X launch has been suspended, as its President, Sir Tim Clark explained extensively in a recent interview with Bloomberg.

When he was asked about a possible delivery date for Emirates’ 115 Boeing 777X aircraft, Clark acknowledged that he had no idea when the delivery will happen. He quickly added that it was a question of when Boeing will deliver them, as opposed to when Emirates will take delivery.
The launch of these planes had been scheduled for June 2020. Since then, it has been pushed to 2021 and then to 2022. Emirates will benefit from factors like an innovative wing design on its delayed order of Boeing 777X aircraft.#

Via (Bloomberg)

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