Emirates A380 Fleet To Stay For Longer Amid 777X Delivery Delays

It seems the Airbus A380 could have secured another lifeline in the Emirates fleet as the airline’s Boeing 777X delivery schedule remains up in the air. During an exclusive conversation with Simple Flying, the airline’s president revealed that he expects the giant of the skies to fly for longer, given the uncertainty of 777X deliveries.

An Emirates Airbus A380 in front of the sunset
Emirates’ Airbus A380s are set to hang around for longer thanks to the 777X’s delay. Photo: Emirates

Recently, most news about the Airbus A380 has been relatively negative, be it Lufthansa sending the fleet to the desert, possibly on a one-way trip, or Etihad questioning whether the type will ever return. However, one man has been far more optimistic about the future of the double-decker giant, Sir Tim Clark.

A benefit to the Boeing 777X delays

The delay to the Boeing 777X delay is largely problematic for airlines around the world. The same is true for Emirates. The UAE mega-airline is planning to use the 777X to replace its A380 fleet. However, now Clark is worried that he may not get his first 777X until 2025, despite the first due last summer.

An A380 on the ground in Dubai
Sir Tim Clark expects Emirates will fly the A380 for the next 15 years. Photo: Dubai Airports

With no idea when he will start taking delivery of the 777X, Sir Tim is left with a problem. He can’t accurately plan the retirement of the giant of the skies. When asked by Simple Flying if the 777X delays would mean the A380 would stick around longer, Clark commented,

“Of course it does… When the 777-9 came along we were able to start growing the capacity and growing the network as well as taking some of the older 380s out as they were obviously coming up to their retirement age. All of that has been shifted to the right, but we actually don’t know by how much at this stage. This is vexing us a little bit in terms of cash management, etc…”

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