Emirates president slams engine makers Rolls-Royce and GE Aviation

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By victoria@aviationnews-online.com September 5, 2019 10:33

Emirates president slams engine makers Rolls-Royce and GE Aviation

Emirates president Tom Clark has slammed engine makers Rolls-Royce and GE Aviation saying that they must improve their reliability and that the airline will not take new Airbus and Boeing planes unless truly ready.

Clark’s comments come after Boeing pushed back the entry into service of an ultra-long range version of its forthcoming 777X widebody, in part due to issues with its GE Aviation.

In a briefing in London, Clark said: “When they don’t give me those aeroplanes and engines that work – it’s over. Now you produce what you say you will produce and give it to us.

“I think propulsion is an issue for us, and I’m a little bit irritated… I say you give us airframes and engines that work from day one. If you can’t do it, don’t produce them.

“We would be foolish to start adjusting or coming up with new contracts until we are absolutely sure these aircraft are going to do what they said they were going to do.” 

Emirates has 150 777Xs on order and in 2017 ordered 40 787s, and Clark has said Emirates could replace some of the 777Xs with 787s. 

During the briefing, Clark said he was still keen on the 777x but frustrated by the delay and was unsure as to when it would be resolved.

victoria@aviationnews-online.com
By victoria@aviationnews-online.com September 5, 2019 10:33