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Emirates to Consider A350 and Dreamliner for Middle East Routes

June 24 (Bloomberg) -- Emirates, the world’s largest airline by international passenger traffic, may still consider the Airbus Group NV A350 after scrapping a contract for 70 of the wide-body planes valued at $16 billion two weeks ago.

The A350 and Boeing Co.’s rival 787 Dreamliner could meet a need for planes to operate routes within the Middle East, the Dubai-based airline said. Both types are smaller than the A380s around which the current fleet is built, as well as the larger version of the planned Boeing 777X Emirates plans to purchase.

The Financial Times reported yesterday that Emirates will hold talks with Airbus and Boeing in late 2014 or 2015 about buying A350s or 787s, citing President Tim Clark.

The carrier is interested in 50 to 70 wide-body jets for regional routes, the airline confirmed today.

To contact the reporter on this story: Deena Kamel Yousef in Dubai at dhussein1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Benedikt Kammel at bkammel@bloomberg.net Christopher Jasper

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