Boeing deal caps $15 bn show

Dubai, Nov 21 | Updated: Nov 22 2005, 08:35am hrs
Boeing Co landed its biggest-ever order from the Arab Gulf region on Sunday as airline Emirates placed a $9.7 billion order for wide-bodied 777 planes while keeping mum on its potential purchase of smaller A350s from Airbus.

The two planemakers are on course for record orders this year and dominated more than $15 billion worth of new business announced on the first day of the Dubai air show.

The biggest deal went to Boeing, with Emirates order for 42 planes included 10 777-200LR, 24 777-300ER and eight of the 777 freighter version.

Emirates also took purchase rights for a further 20 of the planes which could add more than $4 billion to the deal, Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum told reporters.

High fuel prices are spurring sales of twin-engined planes versus four-engined rivals, no more so than with the 777, which is dominating the Airbus A340.

Reuters