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Emirates chief says will not accept A350 delays

Company president says it will consider alternatives if Airbus fail to hit A350 deadlines.

Emirates Airline's president Tim Clark has warned Airbus that it will not accept delays to their A350, following a two year wait for the A380 superjumbo.

“We have clearly told Airbus that we will not accept again what they did to us with the A380,” Clark said at the ITB tourism exchange in Berlin.

In comments published by Aviation Week, he said Emirates had alternatives to buy elsewhere should delays happen.

Emirates has an order for 70 A350s, a long-range, mid-size, wide-body aircraft.

The A350 is designed to compete with the Boeing 777 and the Boeing 787. It is scheduled to enter into airline service in 2013 and has development costs projected to be $15 billion.

“All I have to do is pick up the phone and order more Boeing 777s,” Clark said, adding: “We have told Airbus numerous times that in our view they should build in more margin in terms of time and performance parameters, but they wanted to have it their way. Now they are already eating into margins."

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