Economy News _ Baghdad
The competition began on the first day of the Dubai Air Show on Sunday, with European aircraft carrier Airbus and its US rival Boeing preparing for deals worth up to $ 30 million. Airbus is expected to announce a new $ 16 billion order for the A380 A passenger jet in the world of Emirates to greet the weak sales program of the giant aircraft.
But informed sources said Boeing would try to outrun its European rival by grabbing a surprise $ 12- $ 13 billion order for the 787-10 Dreamliner.
Boeing is approaching a deal to sell some 40 aircraft from the longer version of the Dreamliner family to Emirates, the sources said.
Airbus and Boeing declined to comment.
Boeing is outperforming Airbus at the start of the Middle East's largest industry fair with about 65 percent of the total orders revealed by the two giants since the beginning of the year.
Airbus is seeking to support the A380, whose sales have fallen after 10 years of service, for smaller but equally efficient long-haul aircraft.
Emirates is likely to make a deal to buy between 36 and 38 A380s after Airbus agreed to buy back the A380s earlier than Emirates.
"It will involve some trade-offs," said an informed person.