By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Boeing is also in the midst of discussions with Emirates airline regarding a potential order of its 787 aircraft
American aerospace giant Boeing is “in discussions” with Emirates airline about the need to re-plan in the wake of the delayed delivery of the Boeing 777x, according to Stan Deal president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Boeing’s delivery of 150 777x aircraft to Emirates – scheduled to begin in June this year – has been delayed.
According to Deal, Boeing now believes that deliveries of the aircraft will begin “early” in 2021.
“It’s never easy when you delay beyond your initial commitment and we’re working through that with Emirates now on how we approach it…and how we deal with how its caused them to have to re-plan, which is never a good thing, ” he told reporters ahead of the Dubai Airshow. “We’re working through those discussions.”
Additionally, Deal said that Boeing wasn’t sure whether the 777x deliveries would be delayed further due to increased regulator scrutiny in the wake of the grounding of the embattled 737 Max.
“It’s too early to speculate whether there is any further follow-on associated with how the 777x gets certified,” he said. “It’s too early to speculate whether there is any adverse effect as a result of the regulator’s position.”
Boeing is also in the midst of discussions with Emirates regarding a potential order of its 787 aircraft. Deal, however, declined to speculate on whether any deal would be announced at the show.
“We’re in the middle of those discussions. We believe the 787 is a great fit within the Emirates fleet,” he added. “We are committed behind that product.”
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