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Wed 11 Nov 2009 02:32 PM

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Emirates chairman 'not happy' about aircraft delays

Airline chief confirms he is looking at taking on planes cancelled by other carriers.

Emirates airline's chairman on Wednesday confirmed that he was considering the possibility of taking on aircraft that have been cancelled by other airlines.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive of the Dubai-based airline, also said that delivery of some of its aircraft currently on order will be delayed, something he was "not happy" about.

He said that some of the 58 Airbus A380 aircraft on order would be delayed “but will only be for short periods”.

Sheikh Ahmed said the delays may be for one to two months, but declined to comment on the issue of compensation.

At a press conference to launch Dubai Airshow 2009, he also confirmed that Emirates was considering taking on aircraft that other airlines have cancelled due to the global downturn.

His comments follow those earlier on Wednesday by airline president Tim Clark who said the current fleet was operating “flat out”.

He said existing orders had been allocated to new services, prompting the Emirates to assess the ability of Airbus and Boeing to source extra planes.

“We’re sounding out who’s got more just in case we decide to go ahead,” Clark said. “The fleet order we have in place is probably not as big as it needs to be.”

Clark didn’t say how many more planes might be required.

He added that a further five-month delay in the delivery of Airbus A380s could affect Emirates' growth next year.

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Fiona Vitel 10 years ago

I believe that Emirates began as the leading airline of this region and provided a service everyone was talking about. But in the last few years there has been disparaging dialogue about the service and the cost. I hope that with the increase in numbers of A380s and the continuing use of their other craft the ticket price will drop dramatically. I would also like to say that the aircrew of Emirates appear to be overworked and underpaid. Perhaps the airline can seek to find a balance so that passengers FEEL the prestige of the airline by the level 'contentment' of staff. Spend more on your pilots and crew, cheaper seats and you will see me return again and again.

FUAD 10 years ago

Well Emirates is surely better then many airlines with new aircrafts. But I have to say there are better airlines then Emirates. It is about time they change their cabin crew because they really dont work hard, and are rude especially some nationalities. So rather then concentrating on buying A380, Emirates should focus oncustomer service.