DUBAI (Reuters) – Emirates will receive its first Airbus A350 aircraft in August 2024, the airline’s chief operating officer was cited as saying on Wednesday, which would be more than one year later than originally planned.
Emirates and Airbus did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report by Emirati newspaper Emarat Al Youm quoting Emirates COO Adel Al Redha.
Emirates President Tim Clark was quoted earlier this year as saying the airline had told Airbus it would not take A350 passenger jets it had ordered if they had surface problems like those reported by Qatar Airways.
The Dubai-based airline in 2019 ordered 50 of the A350 wide-body jets from the European plane maker in a deal that it said at the time was worth $16 billion at list prices.
Al Redha earlier on Wednesday told reporters that deliveries of Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft Emirates had ordered were delayed by at least a year to 2024.
The U.S. plane maker has suspended deliveries of the wide-body jet due to structural flaws.
(Writing by Alexander Cornwell; Editing by Tomasz Janowski)