Etihad Airways (EY, Abu Dhabi Int'l) is in talks with Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) over plans to revise its B777X order book, Reuters has reported citing sources familiar with developments.

The Emirati carrier currently has eight B777-8 and seventeen B777-9s due from the US manufacturer.

According to the report, Etihad's leadership believes it no longer needs all of the 25 jets and may be willing to incur penalties for cancellations now rather than be saddled with future recurring losses stemming from overcapacity.

Neither Etihad nor Boeing chose to comment on the report.

Etihad has since revealed that it is still expecting to take delivery of its first B787-10 later this year with plans to deploy the type into transatlantic service from around October onwards. According to a filing with the US government, it plans to add a total of seven B787-10s between October 2018 and November 2019.