The chief executive of Airbus has brushed off requests by Emirates airline for an A350 aircraft that copes better with hot and humid conditions.
Emirates said last month that it would postpone a decision to choose between the Boeing 787-10 aircraft or Airbus A350-900 – depending on which manufacturer would work with Emirates on its requirements.
"The A350-900 has much more flexibility when you want to take off in a very hot and humid condition," Fabrice Brégier, president and chief executive of Airbus said at the Dubai Airshow.
Emirates, the biggest operator of the Boeing 777 aircraft, has been considering an order of as many as 100 long-range planes.
But it is yet to decide between rivals Airbus and Boeing.
Mr Brégier added that his company had sold the A350 to Qatar Airways and that the climate between Doha and Dubai was “not that different”.
He said: "If it works for Qatar Airways, I suspect that it will also work for Emirates."
“It is not much hotter here.”
Emirates cancelled an order for 70 A350 planes in June last year.
The order was worth about $16 billion at 2007 list prices.
The Dubai airline said it wanted to see the plane performing before it makes a decision.
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