Emirates has revealed that some of the Airbus A380 it has ordered and which were scheduled to arrive in the coming months will be delayed, but it is not ruling out ordering more, or taking over orders that its rivals are trying to stall.
Speaking ahead of next week’s Dubai Air Show, Emirates Chairman and Chief Executive Sheik Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum did not say how many deliveries would be pushed back but he did tell reporters “I know there is a bit of delay.”
He also said Emirates is considering increasing its order for the “superjumbo” jet. The carrier has a total of 58 of the planes on order, more than any other airline. Five have been delivered so far.
Emirates has reported a fiscal first-half profit of nearly $205 million, more than double its earnings for the same period a year earlier.
As well as its commitments to Airbus it is also the world’s leading operator of Boeing’s twin-engine, wide-body 777 jet.
Tim Clark, the president of Emirates and talking at WTM said that the only way airlines could survive the economic downtown is by expanding into new routes centered around emerging economies. Emirates has so far has accomplished this by expanding into new services to developing economies such as China, South America, India, and Africa.