Emirates and Qatar Airways the two fast-growing Gulf-based carriers are set to announce a number of firm orders that could add up to somewhere between 100 to 120 aircraft.
Qatar Airways would make the biggest shift as all-Airbus fleet operator. Qatar Airways would prerare an order for 50 (fifty) B787s.
Emirates has decided on A350, not the B787, but it could split its firm orders.
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PARIS: Airbus is poised to announce around 100 orders for its new A350 plane — its response to the Boeing 787 — at the Paris air show in mid-June, La Tribune newspaper said. The daily said that among the companies which were placing orders for the A350 were Qatar Airways, which is expected to order around 60 planes. Airbus is hoping to clock up some 200 firm orders by the end of the year for its A350 plane, which is a more sophisticated version of its A330, but with modifications to improve range. Boeing has so far registered 261 orders for its 787, which is to be in service in 2008. Airbus currently only has 10 firm orders for the A350, which is expected to be in service by 2010.
[Edited 2005-06-02 23:29:08]