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Emirates, the biggest international airline, has yet to sign off on its $76 billion purchase of 150 Boeing Co. 777X wide-body planes, as it extends a dialog over issues such as performance guarantees, the manufacturer said.Beyond Dubai-based Emirates, Qatar Airways Ltd. and Etihad Airways PJSC of Abu Dhabi, which have already ordered the 777X, interest from other Middle Eastern carriers is likely to be more long-term, the executive said, highlighting companies including 777-300ER operators EgyptAir and Saudia Airlines as potential sales prospects.Boeing regards the 787 Dreamliner as better suited to smaller Mideast operators such as Gulf Air and Royal Jordanian Airlines, which have already ordered the plane, Bentrott said.The Qatar Airways order for the 777X is linked to the Emirates deal for the plane, with the two carriers having held joint negotiations with Boeing before the Dubai announcements.
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