Emirates expects its full fleet of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s to be in use by the end of the year as the rollout of coronavirus vaccines renews confidence in travel.
Several countries have started or announced programs to inoculate residents, with some believing they can vaccinate a majority of their population this year.
Emirates President Tim Clark has repeatedly said a vaccination program would be vital to any recovery for the travel industry, which saw demand collapse in 2020.
Emirates expects its full fleet of Airbus A380s (pictured) and Boeing 777s to be in use by the end of the year as the rollout of coronavirus vaccines renews confidence in travel
The 71-year-old Clark, who has delayed his retirement to tackle the crisis, said on Wednesday he did not think a recent wave of new infections and restrictions in some countries would further impede the recovery.
‘I think we always anticipated a bumpy patch,’ he told Reuters in an interview.
‘Once the pandemic is over and the global inoculation program has kicked in at pace, then I see the restoration and a recapture of activity curves in all aspects of the global economy at pace, probably in the middle to back end of this year.’
Clark, a respected industry veteran, has throughout the crisis been more bullish about a rebound than many of his peers.