Emirates Airline confirmed it is in talks with Boeing and Airbus to acquire “tens” more widebody aircraft, possibly B777s and A330s, but will not finalise any orders at this week’s Dubai Air Show (Reuters, 16-Nov-2009). The carrier’s LoI with Airbus for 30 A330-300s and 30 A350XWBs is still under discussion.
Emirates looking at "tens" more Airbus and Boeing widebodies
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