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Emirates Nears Deal on Boeing 777X, 787 Deliveries

  • Largest long-haul airline wants to switch to smaller models
  • Carriers are re-examining fleets to respond to lower demand
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Emirates has decided on its preferred mix of new Boeing Co. wide-body planes, with the focus likely to be on smaller aircraft rather than jumbo jets following a slump in demand amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Dubai-based carrier has been pushing to swap more of Boeing’s behemoth 777X jets -- of which it has ordered 115 -- for 787 Dreamliners. Emirates has finalized its position on the composition of the intake, Chief Operating Officer Adel Al Redha said in an interview Thursday, declining to provide details.