November 10, 2015
Etihad Airways has announced that it will take delivery of two additional Boeing 777 freighter aircraft, exercising options under its 2013 deal that included 199 aircraft on firm order.
Airbus is expected to decide soon whether to build an even larger version of its A350-1000 transport. The largest version of the A350-1000 seats up to 369 passengers, placing it in a class similar to the Boeing 777-300ER. However, the new Boeing 777X is expected to seat up to 406 passengers. Airbus has not yet decided whether the market would support another aircraft in this seating class.
Boeing has announced at this year's Dubai Air Show that it will be dropping the "X" from individual models of its new stretched 777 family now under development, although the "X" designation would still be retained for the overall family of aircraft.
Qatar Airways has taken delivery of their 24th and 25th Boeing 787 aircraft, in advance of this week's Dubai Air Show.
Emirates has announced that it will delay any new A350 order until Airbus has sufficient aircraft in service, and can demonstrate its claimed advantage over the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Emirates cancelled a previous order for 70 A350 aircraft in 2014 after concluding that they wouldn't meet the proposed performance requirements.
Airbus reports that it is in negotiation for up to 32 additional A380 orders with two airlines, but is unlikely to close on the deals in time for this week's air show in Dubai.