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Airbus Suffers Dubai Blow as Boeing Wins Surprise 787 Deal

  • Emirates’ Dreamliner pact spells doom for competing A350 pitch
  • European planemaker is still seeking lifeline for A380 jet
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Emirates Airlines' Clark Calls 787 a Complimentary Fit

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The press release was printed, the media invited, the first dignitaries began filing into the room. Such was the scene on the first day of the Dubai Air Show, when Airbus SE had planned to unveil a keenly awaited lifeline for its A380 super jumbos from the aircraft’s biggest fan: Emirates.

Instead: nothing. In fact, worse than nothing. An initial delay, not unusual at these major signing ceremonies, gave way to confusion. Bewilderment turned to humiliation when a model aircraft was carried into the briefing room and the gray cloth covering it slipped off -- revealing the Boeing Co. logo on its tail.