The Washington Post

Delta orders Boeing narrow-body jets

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Boeing announced a firm order for 100 of its 737 Max 10 jetliners from Delta Air Lines, its opening salvo at the Farnboroug­h air show that the U.S. plane maker hopes will provide a boost after it fell behind archrival Airbus.

The purchase includes an option for 30 additional jets, the companies announced at the event Monday. Should Delta convert the options into firm orders, the deal has a value of about $17.6 billion, though customers typically get steep discounts on large purchases.

Delta’s commitment to the final and largest member of Boeing’s narrow-body jet family provides a much-needed respite for the U.S. manufactur­er. Airbus has grown its heft in the past decade to conquer close to 70 percent of the narrow-body segment, by far the most widely used aircraft category.

Boeing, meanwhile, is battling on multiple fronts: There are quality issues with its 787 Dreamliner, questions over the regulatory approval of its Max 10 aircraft, and the need to make sales of the 737 Max after a lengthy grounding following two fatal crashes. The giant successor to the 777 is years behind schedule.

With the deal announced Monday, Delta is endorsing the current cockpit design of the Max 10, at a time when Boeing has come under pressure for alteration­s that would give pilots an electronic system to monitor warning signals.

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