Boe­ing 777X a big seller at Dubai Air­show

The Washington Times Daily - - Business -

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMI­RATES | Boe­ing Co.’s planned 777X long-haul air­liner grabbed the bulk of or­ders Sun­day on the first day of the Dubai Air­show, with at least 225 planes on the books in an eye-pop­ping dis­play of the spend­ing power and ag­gres­sive ex­pan­sion ef­forts of Gulf car­ri­ers.

In to­tal, Boe­ing says that it net­ted at least 367 or­ders in deals be­lieved to ex­ceed $130 bil­lion at the Mid­dle East’s pre­mier avi­a­tion fair. Boe­ing CEO James McNer­ney Jr. called it part of the “largest com­mer­cial launch in avi­a­tion his­tory” for a planned air­craft: the big­ger and more fuel-ef­fi­cient model of the com­pany’s pop­u­lar 777 wide-body.

Euro­pean ri­val Air­bus opened the five-day air­show by an­nounc­ing a $23 bil­lion or­der for 50 A380s by Dubaibased Emi­rates.

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