Boeing Scores a Jumbo Coup

Lufthansa orders 20 of Boeing's new stretch version of the 747, in a decision that deals a severe blow to rival giant-plane maker Airbus

Lufthansa, Germany's largest airline and one of Airbus' biggest customers, placed a firm order on Dec. 6 for 20 of Boeing's new 747-8 passenger airplanes and 20 options—thus ensuring another two decades of passenger service for the iconic jumbo jet known as the "Queen of the Skies."

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