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SEATTLEEmirates Airlines, Boeing's biggest 777X customer, considers swapping some of its orders with the smaller 787s. Gulf carrier is seeking to switch between 30 and 40 of its 115 commitments for the 777X.

This move could further squeeze the profits of Boeing’s newest jet, which faces a lengthy regulatory review and design changes. The U.S. planemaker signaled last week that it’s at risk of losing nearly 40% its 777X order haul because the latest delay to the plane’s debut -- now slated for late 2023 -- gives customers the right to walk away from sales contracts.

Boeing lowered the 777X backlog to just 191 jets in a regulatory filing, far fewer than the 309 firm orders listed on its website. The drop is due to an accounting standard that requires sales at risk of falling through to be removed from the backlog, the company said. The declining tally marks the uncertain future of the aircraft.


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