Jet industry’s grand masters fight to a draw in Dubai

Channel NewsAsia | Nov 22, 2019 at 7:45 PM
  • After insisting for 15 years that the superjumbo is the future, Emirates airline has been forced by the demise of the A380 to embrace smaller wide-body jets, resulting in a flurry of maneuvers between planemakers at this week’s Dubai Airshow.
  • It substituted part of an order for delayed 777X jets for 30 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners – 10 fewer than originally planned in a tentative 2017 order – as part of a US$25 billion order shake-up.
  • The shift sparked frantic talks by planemakers to ensure their models were included in the new mix of Emirates’ mid-sized jets.