Boeing locks down Emirates deal for 787s

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Aurora, a subsidiary of Aeroflot-Rossiyskiye Avialinii PAO, signed a letter of intent to purchase up to five Dash 8-400 aircraft, while the Republic of Ghana agreed to buy six aircraft during the Dubai Airshow, which runs between November 17-21.

However, that does not mean that the airline will cease its years-long partnership with Boeing or cancels the remainder of its 30 737 MAX order.

Air Astana executives said details of the deal, including the final price, will be finalized in the coming months as the low-priced carrier scales its services from its current fleet of two A320 aircraft. Plans for the jet's return to commercial service have been pushed back to early 2020 as Boeing finalises software and training revisions that need regulatory approval.

Still, Boeing announced 60 orders for the jet this week, signaling a vote of confidence among some airlines for the Max that's been grounded around the world following crashes that killed 346 people.

"What we see is that, as I said, we have time before we start operations", she said.

A letter of intent between Boeing and British Airways owner IAG for 200 jets, which grabbed the spotlight at the Paris airshow in June, has yet to be finalised as the European holding company discusses the fleet change with subsidiaries that now use Airbus for medium-haul operations. The purchase stems from a previous agreement for purchasing rights of the A320 narrowbody, bringing flynas' order of the jets to 90. Air Astana, which operates Airbus and Embraer jets in its main network, said it was confident in Boeing's ability to resolve problems with the Max.


Instead, Emirates said it is purchasing 126 of the 777x aircraft and 30 of the 787-9 Dreamliners.

On Monday, Emirates announced a $16 billion order for 50 Airbus A350s, some of which will feature a new premium economy cabin.

According to a statement issued by Boeing, three of the aeroplanes with a list price value of $877.5 million are to be bought from Boeing. Airlines, however, typically negotiate steep discounts from manufacturers.

Leasing company GECAS was expected to confirm an order for 25 Airbus planes, including 12 A330neo jets powered by engines from Rolls-Royce, a competitor to GECAS's parent company General Electric.

The new airline will expand its routes over time to include Europe, North America and possibly Asia, the minister said.

The Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, the third member of the 787 Dreamliner family, made its debut today at Boeing South Carolina.

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