United Continental Holdings Inc. is interested in Boeing Co.’s new 777 planes to bolster long-range flying as it braces for increased competition from Middle Eastern carriers such as Emirates, said Chief Financial Officer John Rainey.
Qatar Airways Ltd. said it jointly negotiated a deal for as many as 250 of Boeing Co.’s new 777 planes with Dubai-based Emirates, putting old rivalries aside to wring maximum value from the Persian Gulf’s growing dominance of the wide-body jet market.
Boeing Co. and Airbus SAS leave the Dubai Air Show with diverging prospects for their order momentum, with the Boeing 777X set to be a global hit while the Airbus A380 risks becoming a niche jet for Mideast carriers.
The partnership of General Electric Co. and Pratt & Whitney is considering major upgrades to the engine powering Airbus SAS A380 super-jumbos as it seeks to maintain its market lead by improving fuel efficiency.
Qatar Airways Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said a lack of flight-test hours for Bombardier Inc.’s CSeries narrow-body aircraft is exacerbating concerns over a jet that’s already years behind schedule.
Boeing Co. Chief Executive Officer Jim McNerney said the company will decide where to locate production of its new 777 wide-body jet within three months after talks to anchor the work in the Seattle region failed.
Qatar Airways Ltd. said it would consider buying an even larger version of the Airbus SAS A350 wide-body jet than currently on offer, as the No. 2 Middle Eastern airline tilts its fleet toward bigger aircraft.
Airbus SAS and Boeing Co. secured record orders on the first day of the Dubai Air Show, with Emirates accounting for the bulk of purchases as it signed deals valued at more than $100 billion for wide-body aircraft.