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08 October 2019
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Rolls-Royce doubtful about sealing Emirates deal at Dubai show

Last month Emirates President Tim Clark hit out at planemakers, saying he would run out of patience with glitches that have held up new models or forced costly groundings for repairs.

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Rolls-Royce Holdings cast doubt on the likelihood that a $21 billion Emirates order for 70 Airbus jets equipped with the UK company’s engines will be signed at the Dubai Airshow next month, reported Bloomberg.

John Kelly, Rolls’ Senior Vice President for the Middle East and Africa, said that finalisation of the deal for A350 and A330 wide bodies announced in February 2019 alongside a restructuring of the carrier’s remaining A380 superjumbo orders is being delayed by issues concerning price and the performance of the planes.

“In terms of this air show, we do not expect any major announcements,” said Kelly.

Clark said that the airline will no longer accept jets that fail to meet specifications given by Airbus, Boeing and their engine providers.

Clark also said he could not be sure about the reliability of the Rolls-Royce engines that power the Airbus planes or that the company had resolved issues with a turbine for the Boeing 787 of which Emirates has 40 on order.


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