Boeing Announces $6.3 Billion Jetliner Order

Newsflash from Farnborough

Ron Woodard, President of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, today announced receipt of firm new orders for 68 Boeing airplanes. The orders are from 7 customers.

The $6.3 billion announcement came before a jam-packed crowd of reporters and was apparently such big news the floor in the conference room literally gave way. After the floor dropped, the room had to be cleared, delaying the Airbus Industrie press conference until tomorrow morning. As usual, Boeing's press conference upstaged the European competition with dramatic numbers and an unchoreographed event.

Boeing's new order breakdown is:

  • Air Berlin - one 737-400
  • Airtours, the UK based tour operator - one 767-300ER
  • Ansett Worldwide, the Australian leasing company - ten 737-700s, six 737-300s and nine 767-300ERs.
  • British Airways - four 747-400s, three 777-200s and three 757-200s, plus reconfirming ten 747-400s and rescheduling their deliveries for earlier
  • ILFC, the U.S. leasing company - 15 aircraft: five 757-200s, five 767-300ERs and five 737s.
  • LOT Polish Airlines - two 737-400s and one 767-300ER
  • Maersk Air of Denmark - three 737-500s

Today's order announcement brings the 1996 orderbook to-date to 405 aircraft, including 222 737s, 61 747s, 35 757s, 31 767s and 51 777s.

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