The US plane maker needs five years to fix the crisis it is facing and meet demand for aircraft, Tim Clark says

Boeing will take at least five years to overcome its current crisis and the troubled US plane maker should foot the bill for Emirates’ multibillion-dollar programme to retrofit its 777 wide-body jets amid delays in the development of the newer 777X version, Emirates president Tim Clark has said.

The years-long successive delays in the new aircraft’s development programme have forced Emirates to put additional Boeing 777s through retrofit and the airline boss wants Boeing to pay for the extensive refurbishment it is undertaking.

“We need our aeroplanes, we cannot face constant delays, we’ve got a business to run and the bill for refurbishing all these aeroplanes should be put at Boeing’s door,” The Boeing 777-9 model is about five years late and was scheduled for delivery in 2025, but Emirates currently has “no visibility” on the latest time frame of when it can be handed over, Mr Clark said.