Last Monday, Boeing reduced its firm backlog on the 777X to 191 aircraft, a 38% drop, as the delay until 2023 allows customers an “out” to their orders. Emirates, the largest customer for the existing 777 and key customer for the 777X indicated that it may split its orders between the 777X and the smaller 787.

This does not bode well for the 777X, which hasn’t won a new order in quite some time and, given that it will be the largest aircraft available from Boeing and a 747 replacement, is unlikely to gain new orders in the near future.

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