Except if they delay the certification until things start to recover. In which case, when someone wants to jump on an opportunity the a/c will not be available. My hope is that they just continue to go through the process with no voluntary delay. Test flights started in 2020, but they expect EIS in 2022 and so far no official word on the repair for the fuselage failure, will that be another delay to 2023?
Right now things are looking like they will not recover until the backside of the decade and it seems unlikely certification will take that long.
A tiny silver lining in a massive cloud, but yeah it is good for everyone that it is delayed at the moment if you overlook the financial impact this will have for Boeing.
If the 777X was fully certified and ready for delivery today, who would take it? ANA has already asked for a deferral. Emirates is using the excuse of wanting more testing to cover their desire for a deferral. Singapore and Cathay are both deferring A350s, so why would they take 777Xs? And Lufthansa has been talking deferments, as well. So who is left, exactly? Qatar? They just took delivery of some A350s after deferring them for awhile, so maybe they could take a few, I guess. Is Etihad still operating? Maybe they can find some money in the lounge couch cushions.