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Emirates' premium economy to be delayed, says Tim Clark

Emirates president Tim Clark said he doubts the airline will receive the Boeing 777x jet by June 2020

Emirates' premium economy to be delayed, says Tim Clark
Emirates President Sir Tim Clark.

Emirates President Tim Clark doubts the world’s biggest long-haul airline will receive Boeing Co.’s 777x jetliner on time, causing a delay in the launch of its premium economy class.

When asked at a Dubai media briefing on Sunday about the planes being delivered on time in June 2020, Clark replied: “I would strongly suggest that it won’t.”

Boeing has pushed back the first flight of its 777x to 2020, saying deliveries may be delayed amid problems with its General Electric-made turbines. Emirates is the launch customer for the plane, with 150 orders.

“We still have not had sight on a resolution on that,” Clark said. “So if you ask me when, how, and what, I can’t tell you because I don’t know.”

Airbus A380

A refreshed premium economy will be rolled out on the company’s Airbus SE’s A380 planes in December 2020.

The looming demise of the Airbus superjumbo means Emirates no longer needs a mega-airport, according to Clark. The aviation veteran said the company was set to operate up to 200 of the double-decker planes. But after Airbus “pulled the rug” on the programme, the needs of the airline have changed.

“Without them there, the airport design changes completely,” Clark said.

Emirates airline said earlier this month that it plans to stay maintain operations at its hub at Dubai International airport for another 10 years, as Dubai Airports reviews the $36 billion master plan to transform Dubai World Central into the world’s biggest airport.

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