Barely a week after Boeing revealed it has pushed back deliveries of the Boeing 777-9 until "late 2023", Emirates – which is the prestigious launch customer for the 777X series – now doesn't expect to see its first 777-9 until early 2024.
Speaking at today’s CAPA Live summit, Emirates President Sir Tim Clark noted "the 777X was due to come in June of last year, now it's unlikely I think to be before the first quarter of ’24."
Clark remains a strong supporter of the next-gen 777, of which Emirates has ordered 115 and will eventually replace the Airbus A380 as the Gulf carrier's flagship.
"We were the driving force behind the (777-300)ER transformation into the 777X... we sat with Boeing a long time ago, defining what the aeroplane had to do, the crossover of the 787 technologies into the aeroplane, so we were very interested in that aeroplane."
"The problem of course, as we know, is there are issues with it in terms of certification and getting it out the door."
As previously reported, Boeing could see one-third of its total 777X order book scrapped due to this delay, as some customers now have the right to walk away from sales contracts.
Emirates has already signalled that it could downgrade between 30 and 40 of its 777X orders for the smaller and already-flying Boeing 787 Dreamliner.