Should U.S. Airlines Cozy Up to Big-Spending Mideast Carriers?

Entertainment screens on a Qatar Airways Ltd. Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft at the 13th Dubai Airshow in Dubai on Nov. 18 Photograph by Duncan Chard/Bloomberg

The record-breaking haul in new orders at this week’s Dubai Air Show is great news for Boeing and Airbus—but it’s likely to rekindle complaints among U.S. and European airlines that are being eclipsed by fast-growing Middle Eastern carriers.

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