Boeing and Airbus fought to avoid wasting billions of dollars of jet contracts on Sunday as host airline Emirates kept the Dubai Airshow in suspense over dozens of tentative orders planned to fine-tune the world’s largest international airline network.
The world’s top plane-manufacturers try to win final approval for over $30 billion in orders from Emirates that have been halted for up to two years as Emirates protests about industrial delays.
Interlocking agreements involving110 Boeing 787 and Airbus A330neo and A350 are up for grabs, but it remains unclear whether there was room for all of them in Emirates’ revised line, delegates stated.
Emirates wants to reduce an order for 150 Boeing 777X after deliveries were pushed back by a year and will use at least a part of the 787 order as leverage.
It further has a total of 70 A330neo and A350 orders pending as part of a contract triggered by Airbus’ new choice to axe the slow-selling A380, for which Emirates was the most prominent backer.
The plans contain reshaping the line to adapt to demand shorter regional flights; however, the officials said they might not rule out a repeat of 2017 when an air show contract was delayed.
Discussion to unjam the orders dragged into Sunday evening after a muted start to the November 17-21 show noticed just two planes bought, for Biman Bangladesh Airlines, delegates mentioned.
In an interview, Emirates boss Tim Clark indicated that he would not place orders and grieved about widespread delivery lags.