By Alexander Cornwell
DUBAI (Reuters) -Emirates airline mentioned on Wednesday deliveries of Boeing (NYSE:) 787 Dreamliners it has ordered are delayed by not less than a 12 months till 2024 and that it might be even longer as a result of U.S. aircraft maker’s continued supply suspension over structural flaws.
The Dubai-based provider ordered 30 of the twin-aisle jets almost three years in the past as a part of a broader deal that noticed it lower the variety of orders for bigger 777X plane, now additionally delayed.
“Now we all know for positive that is not going to occur in 2023. It might not even occur in 2024,” Chief Working Officer Adel Al Redha informed reporters when requested about Dreamliner deliveries.
He mentioned the airline was in talks with Boeing over the delays to the 787 Dreamliner and 777X deliveries, although declined to remark additional when requested if Emirates was in search of compensation.
Two sources informed Reuters in April that Boeing was planning to renew 787 deliveries within the second half of this 12 months.
Boeing, which has pushed again supply of the 777X by 4 years to 2025, had no fast touch upon Al Redha’s remarks.
An trade supply mentioned contracts usually have a clause that enables the airline to cancel orders for single plane if supply of that jet is delayed by greater than a 12 months.
It was not clear if Emirates’ contracts had this clause, however Al Redha mentioned the airline wished the 777X jets which though smaller are the closest in dimension to the Airbus A380 superjumbo.
Emirates operates the most important fleet of A380s however will over time exchange the jet with 126 ordered 777X plane after Airbus cancelled the A380 programme greater than three years in the past.
The airline has mentioned it could refurbish and function for longer 120 A380 and 777-330ER plane in its present fleet as a result of delays to deliveries of recent plane.