Cargolux says analysing new freighter planes

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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.

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