November 20, 2019 / 7:50 AM / 20 days ago

Emirates orders 30 Boeing 787, reduces 777X order to 126 jets

FILE PHOTO: Boeing 787 Dreamliners in final production in North Charleston, South Carolina, U.S., January 17, 2019. REUTERS/Eric Johnson/File Photo

DUBAI (Reuters) - Emirates unveiled a $9 billion order for 30 Boeing (BA.N) 787 Dreamliners on Wednesday, paving the way for a 16% reduction in orders for the delayed 777X airliner to 126 aircraft following intense last-minute talks during the Dubai Airshow.

The order shake-up completes a fleet review at the host chairman carrier that also saw Europe’s Airbus leave the largest Middle East air show with a mixed result in wide-body orders from the world’s largest buyer of wide-body long-haul jets. Emirates tentatively ordered 40 Dreamliners in 2017 but “tough” talks to finalise the order this week had hinged on negotiations over the fate of a massive separate order for 150 777X after the latter ran into delays.

Reporting by Alexander Cornwell, Editing by Tim Hepher

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