Analyst: Boeing could launch 787-10X at Paris Air Show, but unlikely to kick off 777X there

Boeing says it hopes to launch the Boeing 777X, a revamped 777, this year.

Those kind of launches are typically announced at major air shows.

But it seems unlikely that Boeing will announce it at next month’s Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport, Cowen and Co. aerospace analyst Cai von Rumohr wrote in a report Tuesday.

Boeing is still working the details of the business case and prime launch customers are Arab carriers Emirates and Ethiad airlines, von Rumohr said.

That makes a launch more plausible during November’s Dubai Air Show, he said

It’s possible Boeing, however, may launch the 787-10X during the Paris Air Show.

That’s because Boeing has resolved the battery issues with the 787, which alleviates customer resistance, it’s improving 787 productivity and the 787 derivative will make a strong competitor to the Airbus A330-300, von Rumohr said.

The 787-10 will be more profitable than the Boeing 787-8 or the -9, he said.