Emirates CEO Tim Clark has warned American aircraft manufacturer Boeing that it will refuse to deliver the 777x if it fails to meet its contractual obligations on technical specifications.
Clark said that although the test flight started in 2020, he has not received any details about the technical specifications of the jet engine so far.
Influential veterans in the industry expressed concern about this. He believes that until recently, Boeing was still too promising for the technical characteristics of the new jets in circulation, including the 737 MAX and 787 Dreamliner.
Clark said: “If the aircraft cannot reach the agreed 100%, we will not accept them. If they do not follow their wishes and fail to perform the contract, we will not accept these aircraft.”
Boeing declined to comment. General Electric (GE), the engine manufacturer, could not be immediately contacted for comment.
Emirates is one of the world’s largest long-haul airlines. Its fleet has approximately 140 Boeing 777-300 and 115 Airbus A380. He ordered 125 777x jets and 30,787 models, valued at more than $50 billion.
Boeing is developing a wide-body jet aircraft, a new version of its popular 777 series aircraft, which is targeted to launch by the end of 2023, three years later than planned.
Clark said that Emirates, which was scheduled to fly for the first time in July last year, doubted whether it would be operational in 2024, although Boeing said it would be operational in the second half of 2023.
Clark said: “There is a problem with that plane. It is not clear to me that I have to get that plane.”
He added that this means that Emirates (the buyer who was supposed to launch a new jet in the next three years) cannot replace its current 777-300 with a new 777x model.