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Boeing Wins $18 Billion Qatar Deal in Blow to Airbus

  • Persian Gulf carrier to order as many as 100 new aircraft
  • Letter of intent signed for 60 737 Max valued at $6.9 billion
A Boeing 737 Max.

A Boeing 737 Max.

Photographer: Mike Kane/Bloomberg
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Boeing Co. landed an $18.6 billion deal with Qatar Airways for as many as 100 aircraft, providing a sales boost to the U.S. company’s upgraded 737 jetliner with one of the year’s largest commercial airplane deals.

The Doha-based carrier pledged to buy as many as 60 of the 737 Max 8 jet, valued at $6.9 billion at list prices, marking its first narrow-body order with Boeing since 1979. Qatar Airways also ordered 40 total 777 and 787 Dreamliner twin-aisle aircraft, Akbar Al Baker, the airline’s chief executive officer, and Boeing commercial airplane CEO Ray Conner said Friday in Washington.