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Emirates won't order more planes, old are still coming

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Emirates airline won't be announcing any big orders at next month's Dubai Airshow and said it wouldn't make a decision this year on whether to purchase Airbus A350 or Boeing 787 twin-aisle jets.

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Emirates president Tim Clark asked at an event whether any orders were likely to be announced at the air show which runs November 8-12, said the carrier was still taking delivery of planes announced at the last show in 2013.

"We're still running the programme we signed for, we've got aircraft coming in as you know. The Xs come in late-2018 and 2019. That's enough for the time being," he said.

Dubai's flagship carrier has said it is looking at an order for 50 to 70 twin-aisle jets - with the main competitors being the Airbus A350-900 and Boeing's new 787-10, a stretched Dreamliner.

Emirates has received the needed performance data on the A350 as well as from Boeing's 787-8 and 787-9, variants on the Dreamliner which are already in service, Clark said.

However, he raised doubts about the 787-10's ability to carry heavy passenger and cargo loads to distances beyond eight hours due to its performance in hot climates.


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