Emirates has released photos of one of its first Boeing 777-9 aircraft, featuring its UAE flag livery on the type's trademark folding wingtips.
Emirates has confirmed to FlightGlobal that the aircraft pictured is due to be its second 777-9.
The Middle Eastern carrier is slated to receive its first 777-9 in January 2021 and its second a month later, according to Cirium's Fleets Analyzer, with launch customer Lufthansa listed to receive its first of the type in December 2020.
Boeing confirmed towards the end of July, however, that an issue with the General Electric GE9X powerplants that will power the Boeing 777X has delayed that aircraft's first flight until 2020.
The airframer is sticking to its goal to complete certification and begin deliveries next year, but warned that the timeline could slip.
Boeing had previously said that first flight of its newest widebody would occur in 2019.
Emirates has 150 777X aircraft on order, comprising 115 777-9s and 35 777-8s.