Boeing is expected to launch a new freighter version of its 777X passenger plane within weeks while Airbus is looking for a specialist cargo customer for its A350 freighter after securing a leasing customer, Air Lease (NYSE:AL), at the Dubai Airshow.
Bloomberg News reported earlier that Airbus could announce a new freighter order as early as Friday.
Cargolux, a major operator of Boeing 747 freighters, is being heavily wooed by Airbus, industry sources say.
Speculation of a switch emerged when Simple Flying reported last month that Cargolux had visited Airbus and aero Telegraph reported that two A350 test flights bore the call sign CARGOLUX.
Airbus declined comment.