Emirates are uncertain and clear with questions and have experienced a turbulence during their fleet planning.
Agreements with Airbus and Boeing have been silent after concerns have been raised about delivery times and engine performance.
Emirates President Tim Clark expects a significant number of aircraft to enroll in the Emirates fleet soon, but program delays and ongoing engine uncertainties have made firm decisions.
Boeing 777X and 787 Talks
Set to be the launch customer for the much-awaited 150-on-demand Boeing 777X, Emirates has been hung with the recently announced program setback.
In addition, news comes that the smaller 777-8 variant has been temporarily shelved based on market demand and priorities within Boeing have left the Emirates for questions.
According to FlightGlobal, Emirates was in advanced talks with Boeing about their 777X order when news came of the delay.
It has been widely debated that the Dubai Airshow in November would see an adjustment to this order, potentially including conversions or cancellations in favor of the smaller 787 Dreamliner.
The largest variant of the 777X , 777-9, was originally intended to perform the maiden voyage in October 2018, but unexpected engine design failures and the 737 MAX crisis have pushed this back to 2020.
Delivery of the first aircraft was scheduled for June 2020, with nine aircraft however, this is clearly no longer an option.
Tim Clark assumes that the 777X test program will take 13-16 months despite Boeing's goal of an aggressive flow test program.
Takes new wings and highly advanced GE9X engi For practice rich, Emirates does not have a guaranteed delivery time, let alone a guarantee of fixed serviceability.
When it comes to the Boeing 787 calls, Tim Clark refuses to rush into negotiations with engine manufacturers until Rolls-Royce stabilizes his situation with the Trent 1000 dilemma.
When I conclude with the 777X side of things, Emirates remains confident in the aircraft and is very excited to take it on, but will wait until it is proven and can fly without operational snags.
A330neo and A350 Engine Snags
Transition to the Airbus side of things, Emirates signed a $ 21.4 billion deal with Airbus in February 2019 after the announcement of the A380 was completed.
Covered 40 A330-900neos and 30 A350-900s, the deal would see the aircraft delivered to Emirates from 2021 and 2024 respectively.
Both the A330neo and A350 are solely powered by Rolls-Royce engines, leaving Tim Clark longs for performance and employees who seek appropriate coverage should face a problem.
The agreement, which was due to be finalized months ago, is now governed by whether Rolls-Royce can commit to specific performance guidelines and delivery plans.
Again, citing FlightGlobal, the Airbus order and the Boeing 777X / 787 adjustment agreement are expected to be announced at a Dubai Airshow.
After quitting fleet planning news, Emirates has revealed the A380 pension scheme.
Shortly after the peak level is now in the mid-2020s, Emirates will slowly pull aircraft out of service until a number of 90-100 aircraft are in operation.
With a current fleet of 112 aircraft under various ownership, finance and leasing agreements, Emirates will decide on which aircraft to remove based on service life and end of contracts.
The aircraft will be used to support the existing aircraft fleet in a reasonable manner before finally being reduced to a clean aircraft frame, for a long time down the line.
Despite this announcement, Tim Clark emphasizes that the A380 will continue to fly for the airline until around 2035.
The A380 will continue to be an important part of the Emirates fleet, but it is unknown whether it will remain the flagship when the 777X and A350 are in Emirates colors.
More announcements and larger amounts of information can be expected during the Dubai Airshow in 2019, which launches November 17 and ends November 22.
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