DUBAI, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Boeing (BA.N) said on Saturday it was in advanced talks to sell a cargo version of its future 777X jetliner jet while Airbus predicted an A350 freighter deal soon, as aerospace giants eye a post-pandemic boom in e-commerce.
Boeing also indicated it was nearing the end of production snags on the 787 Dreamliner, but reiterated the timing of any return to normal deliveries depended on talks with regulators.
“We are in pretty advanced discussions with a number of customers. The (777X freighter) looks good from a design standpoint and a requirements standpoint,” Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of commercial sales and marketing, said.
The U.S. planemaker is poised to launch what it says would be the world’s largest and most capable new freighter, while European rival Airbus (AIR.PA) is seeking buyers for an A350 cargo version that it describes as lighter and more efficient.
Airbus expects to announce a launch…