Boeing’s new 777X jet is likely to miss its planned debut next year, according to the aircraft’s top customer Emirates, which doesn’t expect to receive any planes before 2022.
Deliveries of the wide-body jet, which first flew in January, will probably be held up by Boeing’s shutdown at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, together with a lengthy certification process, said Emirates chief operating officer Adel Al Redha in an interview on Thursday.
Emirates also wants to convert more 777X orders into the smaller 787.
Emirates is also considering whether to seek a swap of some of the 115 777Xs it has on order – representing more than a third of the total backlog – for the smaller 787 Dreamliner, which might be better matched to demand, he said. Accelerating deliveries from an earlier Dreamliner order is a “possibility,” he said.
Boeing is looking at delaying the upgraded 777’s introduction as other buyers also resist taking delivery of such a large plane when they’re being compelled to shrink operations, according to people familiar with the matter who asked not to be named discussing confidential matters.
According to the same article, Boeing wants to delay the 777X introduction because more customers are not in a position to accept the large aircraft.
Emirates: Boeing 777X to miss 2021 debut, deliveries pushed to 2022