Record Boeing 777X Order is Placed in Dubai
Boeing Co.’s planned 777X long-haul plane stole the show on the first day of the Dubai Airshow, with at least 225 planes ordered in an open demonstration of the expansion plans of the Gulf airlines.
Boeing reports that it recieved at least 367 orders in deals at the Dubai Airshow.
Airbus faired well, opening the five-day airshow with an order for 50 A380s by Dubai-based Emirates.
For Boeing and Airbus, the Dubai Airshow, which is one of the biggest in the world, has become an important marker for future years, as orders placed at the show can affect the future of the companies for years.
Boeing describes the orders as representing the largest product launch in commercial jetliner history by dollar value, 777X orders and commitments include Lufthansa with 34 airplanes; Etihad Airways with 25; Qatar Airways with 50 and Emirates with 150 airplanes. The combined value of the agreements is more than $95 billion at list prices.
“We are proud to partner with each of these esteemed airlines to launch the 777X – the largest and most-efficient twin-engine jetliner in the world,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “Its ground-breaking engine technologies and all-new composite wing will deliver unsurpassed value and growth potential to our customers.”
The long-range 777 holds about 365 passengers, making it Boeing’s second-biggest plane, smaller only to the aged, but still loved 747. The 777 has been onew of Boeing’s best sellers and it has sold more 777s than any of its other current large planes. The 777x which is still not finalised will be bigger and more fuel efficient than the current models.
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