Boeingof (NYSE: BA) The 777X was delayed until 2022, possibly not until 2023 or later, according to the aircraft’s most important customer.
In an interview with Reuters Today, Emirates President Tim Clark said his airline did not expect the plane to arrive in 2022 as predicted. Emirates represents about a third of the 777X order book, but the airline has previously said it may consider exchanging certain orders with different aircraft depending on market conditions and How long will the 777X arrive?
The 777X is an update to Boeing’s long-range workhorse and will be the first new aircraft the company has tried to get certified since the 737 MAX. It’s 20 months after two fatal crashes, and Clark expects a rigorous regulatory scrutiny this time.
He told Reuters that 777X accreditation could happen in 2022, or “maybe 23, maybe even longer,” Emirates said. “Will wait and see what Boeing will do with that and we’ll see. How they fit into the navy during that time “
Initially, Boeing had hoped to have the 777X ready now. But the combination of unsettling demands and failing tests sets the schedule back. This plane flew for the first time last year. But before the pandemic, Boeing appears unlikely to begin delivering until at least 2021.
Boeing’s bulk order 737 MAX has been cleared for service to the company, likely to rely on 737 sales and deliveries over the next few years as the airline plans a radical recovery. Slowly and not focusing on larger jets like the 777 and 787 Dreamliner.