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Boeing Is in Talks for a Megadeal That the Trade War Could Derail

  • Potential order would involve 777X, 787 long-distance planes
  • Political backdrop a complication for both sides, people say
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Trade War Could Derail Boeing-China Megadeal
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Boeing Co. has been negotiating one of the largest orders ever of wide-body jetliners with Chinese airlines even as tensions between Washington and Beijing escalate, say people familiar with the talks.

The discussions center on about 100 twin-aisle jets: 787 Dreamliners as well as 777X planes, the newest long-range aircraft in Boeing’s lineup, said one of the people, who asked not to be named as the talks are private. Negotiations have focused in particular on the 777-9 variant, the planemaker’s costliest jet with a $442.2 million sticker price, ahead of the model’s expected first flight later this month.