Dubai - Emirates considers adding the Boeing 787-9 to its fleet. The aircraft should enable the Dubai-based airline operator to launch routes to smaller cities in the United States according to CEO Tim Clark.
On November 2017, Emirates placed an order for 40 Boeing 787-10. However, the biggest Dreamliner variant does not have the capability to fly from Dubai to the most parts of the United States.
According to Clark, his company has an option to convert some 787-10s in its order book to the smaller 787-9. The 787-9 can fly farther than the 787-10 and is used by other airlines on some of the longest routes in the world, such as Perth - London (Qantas).
Gulf-based airline operator wants to expand its network in the United States in a few years including the smaller cities. The 787-9 would be a suitable device for such flights since it is relatively more straightforward to fill the seats compared to the Boeing 777-300ER or Airbus A380.
To prevent the intervention of American Airlines, Clark did not reveal which destinations he has in mind.
Emirates currently provides scheduled flights to Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington.