BOEING SEES NO NEED TO COUNTER THREAT OF AIRBUS A350 - YET

The Boeing Co. is in no rush to make wholesale changes to its popular 777 to meet any competitive threat from Airbus and its A350, a Boeing executive says. Until recently, Airbus had faltered in the market for jetliners that seat from 300 to 360...


Emirates, which will eventually overtake Singapore Airlines as the biggest 777 operator with more than 80 in its fleet, announced at the Dubai Air Show earlier this month that it would buy 70 A350s, including 20 A350-1000s.

Tim Clark, Emirates president, said at the air show that Emirates is now pushing Boeing to develop a new 777-300ER that would incorporate 787 design and technology.

Such a plane would be a "world beater," he was quoted as saying

Boeing is expected eventually to develop an all-new family of composite jets to replace the 777. In the meantime, however, Boeing must firm up decisions on the 787-10 and then address the threat to the 777-300ER by Airbus and the A350-1000.

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