© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Emirates Airline President Tim Clark gestures as he speaks throughout an interview with Reuters in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 13, 2021. REUTERS/Abdel Hadi Ramahi/File Photo
DUBAI (Reuters) – Emirates doubts its first Boeing (NYSE:) 777X will come before 2024 although the U.S. planemaker had advised them it will come in 2023, the airline’s president mentioned in an interview broadcast on Monday.
“They have said the back end of 2023. Well we always read that for 2024. I have been in the business too long when I hear manufacturers say things like that. They can’t give you a figure, they can’t give you a date for a tail number, then you know you are shifting to the right, very often up to 18 months,” Tim Clark mentioned in a pre-recorded interview with aviation advisor John Strickland.
Emirates, a launch buyer for the jet, was initially scheduled to obtain its first of 126 777X planes in July final 12 months.
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