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Qatar Air Said to Plan Dreamliner Order Amid Boeing Paris Push

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June 14 (Bloomberg) -- Qatar Airways Ltd. is set to place an order for more Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliners at the Paris Air Show next week as the planemaker seeks to build momentum for a new version of the jet, people familiar with discussions said.

The Qatar purchase is a top-up to 30 787s the carrier previously agreed to buy, said two people, who asked not to be named because talks are private. The accord will spearhead a series of Dreamliner sales at the industry gathering as Boeing starts booking orders for a new model, the 787-10X, one of the people said.

Boeing, which is battling Airbus SAS for wide-body orders, is looking to overcome missteps on the Dreamliner, including a three-month grounding of the global fleet because of an electrical fault. The Chicago-based planemaker’s -10X, the largest Dreamliner, goes head-to-head against the Airbus A350-900, which conducted its maiden flight today.

Tom Enders, chief executive officer of Airbus-parent European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co., said yesterday that “a few hundred” sales at the show for Airbus will include A350 orders. Among them are new commitments for the largest version, the A350-1000 due from 2017, one person said.

A spokesman for Qatar Air wasn’t immediately available to comment outside regular business hours in the Middle East. Boeing had no comment, spokesman Marc Birtel said.

Boeing’s 787-10X has already won a commitment from Singapore Airlines Ltd. for 30 planes, pending confirmation it will build the aircraft from 2018.

To contact the reporters on this story: Robert Wall in London at rwall6@bloomberg.net; Deena Kamel Yousef in Dubai at dhussein1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Benedikt Kammel at bkammel@bloomberg.net

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