Boeing has announced a major new order of 40 Boeing 787 Dreamliners for Emirates Airline, according to BBC News.
The $15bn (£11.3bn) deal was made public on the first day of the Dubai Airshow. It had been expected that the airline would announce a deal to purchase the Airbus A380 superjumbo, but chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum said the Boeing had been chosen instead.
The order will be a blow for Airbus, which is in pressing need of more orders for its A380. Emirates is the largest airline in the Middle East. It already has 165 Boeing 777s in service and a further 164 on order.
Some of the 787 Dreamliners on order will be used to replace existing stock, while others will expand the airline’s fleet. Delivery of the aircraft is scheduled to begin in 2022.
Kevin McAllister, head of Boeing’s commercial aviation division said the deal was welcome and would sustain a large number of jobs in the USA.
Boeing also announced a contract to sell five Dreamliners to Azerbaijan Airlines, in a deal worth around $2bn. Boeing has won around 65% of all global new orders for aircraft so far this year.