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Boeing Is Set to Launch Its First New Jet in Nearly Five Years With 50-Plane Qatar Deal

  • Carrier eyes firm order for 15 jets, and options, conversions
  • Announcement to coincide with Qatari emir’s Washington visit
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Boeing Co. is preparing to launch the 777X freighter, its first new jet model in nearly five years, with a 50-plane commitment from Qatar Airways, people familiar with the matter said.

The announcement is set to coincide with a meeting between Qatar’s ruling emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and U.S. President Joe Biden in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 31, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing the plans. The potential multibillion-dollar deal would help showcase trade relations between the two nations and could be unveiled at the White House, though the location is still being finalized, the people said.