Sale of grounded Boeing 737 MAX catches steam at Dubai Airshow

DUBAI (Reuters) – Boeing's 737 MAX took center stage at the Dubai Airshow on Tuesday as the US planner prepared to announce orders for dozens of aircraft as it seeks to restore confidence in the jet in the midst of a worldwide grounding, people known with the matter said.

FILE PHOTO: An aerial photo shows Boeing 737 MAX aircraft at Boeing facility at Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Washington, September 16, 2019. REUTERS / Lindsey Wasson / File Photo

Boeing was expected to announce orders, which could be worth $ 5-6 billion, a day after securing the first fixed order for the aircraft since the ground support from Turkey's SunExpress.

Global regulators banned commercial flights by Boese's best-selling jets in March after two fatalities.

Boeing is in the process of modifying software and pilot training that will require government approval.

In other news, the budget company easyJet exercised the purchase rights to order 12 more Airbus A320neo aircraft, Airbus said on Tuesday.

Airbus is also prepared to unveil an order for 8 of its small A220 aircraft from Air Senegal, the delegates said.

In line with the show, leasing giant GECAS was also expected to confirm an order for 25 Airbus jets including 12 A330neo powered by Rolls-Royce engines, a competitor to GECAS parent company General Electric.

However, there was no immediate indication that Dubai's Emirates was ready to complete a preliminary order for 40 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which is part of a composite set of interlocking agreements that drive fleet changes in the world's largest international airline.

The order's fate is linked to the negotiations on the larger Boeing 777X for which Emirates is the largest customer. Emirates has said they want to restructure the order after delays and sources say they can use the pending 787 deal as an influence.

(This story has been re-filled to add missing words "said", section 1)

Reporting by Tim Hepher; editing by Shri Navaratnam and Jason Neely

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