The last two days has been abuzz about the deferrals of deliveries of Boeing 777s by Dubai’s flag carrier Emirates Airlines.
En-route to over-taking Singapore Airlines to become the world’s largest Boeing 777 operator, Emirates recently took delivery of it’s 75th 777.
Abdullah al Shams, a fleet manager at Emirates based at the Boeing factory in Washington, USA, was recently reported in the media as indicating that Emirates was going to defer 777 deliveries original scheduled from 2010 onwards, this following reports of Maurice Flanagan, the executive vice chairman of Emirates Airline and Group, saying there had been a “slight rearrangement” of deliveries next year.
Just a few minutes ago, the Los Angeles Times quoting a report by the AP, reported that Sheik Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum, Emirates’ chairman and chief executive says the carrier will not delay any of its orders for new aircraft through at least 2011, and will post a profit for the fiscal year ended March 31, even as the global recession drags down global air travel.
When the economy and airline industry recovers international legacy carriers all over the world are surely going to feel the effects of the expansion of Emirates airlines as many of them are already feeling in India.