Reports that Emirates Airline was poised to sign a $30 billion 100-jet deal with Boeing drew a swift refusal to comment from the carrier on Monday.
"We do not comment on speculation," an Emirates Airline spokesperson told CNBC when asked about the story in the Financial Times.
The FT cited the firm's chief executive officer, Tim Clark, as confirming advanced negotiations for the Boeing 777X, but only "a source familiar with the discussions" on details of the deal. According to the newspaper, the final number could be between 100 and 175, with 100 "more likely". More long-range Airbus planes were also being considered, while amendments to an existing order of Airbus A350s remained an option.