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Report: Boeing unlikely to deliver 777-9 planes in 2020, Emirates says

Emirates President Timothy Clark said Boeing Co. is unlikely to be able to deliver any 777-9 aircraft next year after the aircraft maker suspended load testing of the new wide-body model in September, Reuters reported.

"By the end of next year we were to have eight of them. Now it doesn't look like we will have any," Clark reportedly said at a conference. Emirates ordered 150 Boeing 777X planes, 115 of which were the 777-9 variant, in 2013 and signed a tentative deal for 40 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in 2017.

However, Boeing halted load testing of the 777X in September after a ground stress test revealed problems with the jet's cargo door, Reuters said. General Electric Co.'s GE9X, a high-bypass turbo engine developed for the 777X, is also facing complications.

Boeing has been struggling with the aftermath of the grounding of its 737 MAX aircraft after two fatal crashes. The plane maker expects software updates to lead to the aircraft's re-certification and for the model to return to commercial service by January 2020.