Emirates reportedly plans to upgrade its entire Boeing 777 fleet in favour of the next-gen Boeing 777X jet from 2020, marking a sweeping update for the Gulf colossus.
With 150 of the 777X airliners on order, that's enough to see all 139 of Emirates' current 777 models – from the 777-200 family through to the 777-300ER – put out to pasture in favour of the advanced fuel-efficient 777X.
Emirates has signed on the dotted line for 35 of the long-range Boeing 777-8X jets, which can carry 350 passengers, and a further 115 of the larger 400 seat but shorter-range 777-9X.
"The 8X is the real sweetheart, as it will fly to the other side of the planet with a good payload," Emirates CEO Tim Clark (below) tells Business Traveller Middle East, which reports Clarks' plans for the sweeping fleet-wide overhaul.
Clark describes the 777-9X as being "able to do 14-15 hour (journeys)" such as the long leg between Australia and Dubai.
The highly-regarded airline exec also confirmed that he'll weigh up the Airbus A350 against the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, despite having controversially cancelled an order for 70 A350s in June last year in what it claimed was a review of its "fleet requirements."
“Let’s start again" Clark says. "Boeing produces the B787-10 and we were interested in that. Now that it’s on the market, we're looking at the B787-10 against the A350-900 to see which will do the job for us. How many we will buy and when, we’ll let you know."
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