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Boeing Won’t Change Dreamliners Despite Emirates’ Request

Boeing forecasts the Mid-East aircraft market to reach $730 billion over the next 20 years, but says it won’t conform to client Emirates’ request to change the manufacturer’s Dreamliner.

The Boeing Company said Wednesday that will not change its stretched version of the company’s Dreamliner airplane regardless of client Emirates’ (EK) request for better execution in hot climates, Reuters reported. Meanwhile, the Chicago-based aircraft manufacturer forecasts a 6.2 percent annual growth in demand, valued at $730 billion, for planes in the Middle East over the next 20 years.

Randy Tinseth, vice president of marketing at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, told reporters, “The plan is not to change the aircraft, we really like what we have.”

Last month, EK, Boeing’s biggest 777 operator, said it would wait until next year to decide if it will order nearly 100 long-range planes from either Boeing, for its 787-10, or with European-based competitor The Airbus Group, for its A350-900s.

The manufacturing giants were reported to be modifying their respective airplane models to conform to Emirates’ needs, according to Reuters.

Emirates president, Tim Clark, questioned the 787-10’s ability to carry heavy passenger and cargo loads for distances greater than eight hours due to the aircrafts’ performance abilities in hot climates. Clark noted that 85 percent of Emirates’ flights did not exceed eight hours – versus Airbus’ A350 which flies up to 14 hours.

Meanwhile, Boeing issued a press release Wednesday forecasting that it expects demand in the Middle East to require 3,180 new planes over the next 20 years. Boeing values the demand at roughly $730 billion. Seventy percent of demand is expected from the region’s rapid fleet expansion.

Boeing expects single-aisle airplanes to command the largest share of new deliveries, with airlines in the region needing approximately 1,410 airplanes – which the company said will stimulate growth for low-cost carriers and replace older, inefficient aircraft.

“Traffic growth in the Middle East continues to grow at a healthy rate and is expected to grow 6.2 percent annually during the next 20 years,” said Tinseth in a press release. “About 80 percent of the world’s population lives within an eight-hour flight of the Arabian Gulf. This geographic position, coupled with diverse business strategies and investment in infrastructure is allowing carriers in the Middle East to aggregate traffic at their hubs and offer one-stop service between many city pairs that would not otherwise enjoy such direct itineraries.”

Boeing sees twin-aisle aircraft accounting for just under half of Middle East new deliveries over the period, compared to 23 percent globally.

Boeing expects long-term global demand for 38,050 new airplanes, valued at $5.6 trillion.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated Tim Clark as president of Boeing. Clark is president and CEO of Emirates.

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