x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Etihad ‘in talks’ to buy 777Xs

Etihad Airways is negotiating a multibillion-dollar order for dozens of Boeing jets including at least 25 of the American company’s revamped 777 mini-jumbo, two sources familiar with the matter said yesterday.

Etihad Airways is negotiating a multibillion-dollar order for dozens of Boeing jets including at least 25 of the American company’s revamped 777 mini-jumbo, two sources familiar with the matter said yesterday.

The fast-expanding airline is looking to buy between 25 and 30 of the revamped “777X”, they said.

In a vote of confidence for Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, which has suffered a number of high-profile technical problems, Etihad might also increase its order for the lightweight passenger jet by as many as 30 aircraft, one of the sources said.

Both Boeing and Etihad declined to comment on the negotiations, but Boeing said interest was “high” for the revamped 777X.