Emirates Airline and British Airways are pushing Boeing to plan a successor to the very popular 777 wide-body jet so it will be ready for service by 2020.
‘Emirates’s Clark said he has been talking to Boeing for more than two years about a new 777, and that in recent months he has urged Boeing to canvass other potential buyers to encourage a quicker decision. Dubai-based Emirates began taking its first 777s in 1995 and has ordered 174.’
“Boeing had a hugely enthusiastic response when they spoke to all operators of the 777, so in terms of the business case that has to go before the board, I believe they’ve got what they need,” Clark said.
British Airways plans to start replacing 52 Boeing 747s in the coming years, most likely with a new 777 (that will succeed the 777-300) although Airbus will be promoting their new A350 hard to both carriers as well as others.
Boeing commercial head Jim Albaugh has said the company plans a new successor to the 777 “towards the end of the decade.”
For more on the history of the Boeing 777 click HERE.