Boeing is edging closer to deciding whether to upgrade the 777 or embark instead on a major derivative as it focuses on the competitive threat of Airbus’s similarly sized A350-1000. Driven largely by calls for longer-range capability for the Boeing 777-300ER from influential long-haul carriers such as Dubai-based Emirates, the company is exploring various design options to extend the large twinjet’s range with maximum payload beyond 7,930 nm. “Emirates would love to have a -300ER-sized ...

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