Emirates still appears to be refining an agreement with Airbus, after a highly-anticipated event during the Dubai air show featured only an agreement for Boeing 787s.
While several senior Airbus personnel had been present at the event, only Emirates chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum and Boeing Commercial Airplanes chief Kevin McAllister ultimately took the floor.
The situation clearly surprised many in the audience, with a number of Boeing representatives having expected to learn details of an Airbus agreement as part of the event.
A source familiar with the negotiations says an Airbus agreement is still in flux, despite earlier indications to the contrary, but stresses that the Dubai show is only part-way through its opening day.
Emirates is discussing a potential follow-on order for Airbus A380s. It is already the largest customer for the type, by far, with 100 in the fleet and another 42 on order.