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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - Some customers dropped their existing orders with Boeing due to the ongoing global health crisis that slumped the demand for Air travel. But some new customers want to take these jets and an agreement with one of them that could add new orders to the manufacturer's 777X and 787 Dreamliner backlogs by the end of this month.

In a year when Boeing’s order backlog has fallen by more than 500 airplanes, as airlines canceled hundreds of 737 MAX orders and new orders during the massive coronavirus downturn are thin, a deal for 777Xs and 787s would be an uplifting surprise for the planemaker.

Boeing has already slashed production plans as airlines shrink their operations in response to the air travel collapse. Its large order backlog is expected to be cut dramatically, and the outlook for the new 777X looks especially vulnerable.

The 777X is a giant plane entering the market when airlines will have trouble filling it. Key customers including British Airways, Emirates of Dubai, and Cathay Pacific of Hong Kong are reeling from the pandemic’s financial hit. So a new 777X order would be a tremendous boost for Boeing.

The 777-9 is the first version of the new 777X, which began flight tests in January.

There are a limited number of potential airline customers that fit the above details. The latest issue of Cargo Facts, an air freight trade publication, speculates that Customer B is most likely either All Nippon Airways (ANA) of Japan, EVA Air of Taiwan, or one of the largest Chinese state airlines.

Boeing declined to comment on sales discussions with customers.

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