Boeing has reportedly approached several carriers with plans of a stretched out version of its largest model 777, aimed at removing the competitiveness of Airbus's superjumbo, the A380.
According to people familiar with the plans, the proposed model, dubbed the 777-10X, will fit in 450 passengers (the A380 can seat between 489 and 615) by stretching the frame of its 777-9 to add some four extra rows of seats, Bloomberg reported.
The US planemaker has approached Emirates (the world’s largest operator of both Boeing 777s and Airbus 380s) with the new model plans, but the source says the carrier isn't yet sold on the concept.
An Emirates spokesperson told Bloomberg the airline is in 'regular contact' with both Boeing and Airbus about current and future fleet requirements.
However, it has been suggested Boeing is hoping to take advantage of the uncertain relationship between the Gulf carrier and Airbus, following Airbus' reluctance to upgrade the A380's engines to increase fuel savings at Emirates' pressing.
"We are always evaluating technologies, airplane configurations and market needs," a Boeing spokesperson told Bloomberg.
"While no decisions have been made, we will continue to study 777X derivatives and seek customer input to develop products that provide the most value for customers."
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