Emirates is not so keen on the 787 Dreamliner, even shortly after ordering the jet from Boeing.
In 2017, the Arab company ordered a total of 40 units of the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, with an option for some of those orders to be canceled in the smaller model, the 787-9, which has a longer range. After a few years and with delays in receiving the Dreamliner and the 777X, Emirates today said it does not see as much benefit in Boeing’s smaller jet.
The Boeing 787 order was eagerly awaited by the market, as Emirates was one of the few major airlines that had not yet chosen between the Dreamliner and the A350XWB, when it was clear that it needed a smaller jet to complete the fleet of the future. 777X and the current A380 giants.
In a statement to reporter Andreas Spaeth at the 2022 IATA Annual General Meeting, Emirates CEO Tim Clark used a critical tone to say the plane would no longer be needed. He said: “Not receiving the Boeing 787 would be beneficial for both parties, for us the 777-9X is much more important”
Although the news seems very strange, no official decision has been made so far. This could be just another threat from Emirates to put pressure on Boeing, but only further developments will be able to confirm what Emirates actually meant.
“Not to take back our #Boeing787 would be beneficial for both parties, for us #Boeing777-9 is much more important,” he says @emirates CEO Tim Clark now. He doesn’t expect any before 2025 either. #IATAAGM #avgeek pic.twitter.com/3ml9KDzayf
—Andreas Spaeth (@SpaethFlies) June 20, 2022