777X will allow Emirates to expand in South America: Clark

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The proposed Boeing 777X will enable Emirates to add more destinations in South America and serve them non-stop, says the airline's president Tim Clark.

Emirates, along with several carriers, had expressed interest in the 777X, which will stretch the fuselages of the existing 777-200ER and 300ER. The 777X conceptual family will reportedly have three members - the -8X, -9X and later in time, the ultra long-range -8LX. Boeing has said it is targeting an end-decade service entry date for the 777X.

Emirates launched a daily 777-300ER flight between Dubai and Buenos Aires via Rio de Janeiro in January, and Clark says the airline is likely to expand on this route by adding more frequencies or deploying bigger aircraft.

Other South American cities like Lima, Santiago, Caracas and Bogota are on the airline's radar, even though he indicates the carrier will not launch flights anytime soon.

"With the 777X, we can reach these cities non-stop from Dubai," he says.

Boeing has recently reiterated that its customers are comfortable with an end-decade service entry date for the 777X, and has resisted pressure from Clark among others to speed up the timeline.

When asked to comment on this, Clark says: "I'm hoping that they will continue to honour the timeline commitment for service entry in 2019."