Boeing gets order for 78 787 Dreamliners from two Saudi airlines – ET TravelWorld

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Two Saudi Arabian airlines announced plans to order 78 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, a big win for Boeing that marks the fifth largest commercial order by value in its history.State-owned Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) and new national airline Riyadh Air will each buy 39 widebody 787s from the US-based planemaker. The deal contains options for 10 additional Dreamliners for Saudia and 33 for Riyadh Air. Reuters reported details of the planned order on Monday citing sources.

The list prices for 78 planes would total nearly USD 37 billion, Reuters previously reported. Boeing Chief Executive Dave Calhoun said the order showed the huge demand for widebody airplanes around the world as tourism continues to rebound, and is the latest in a series of big 787 orders.


Acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen told the Senate Commerce Committee that the aviation safety office, which currently has 7,489 employees, plans to have 7,775 by the end of September. The committee held a hearing on FAA safety reforms that Congress directed in 2020 after the 737 MAX crashes killed 346 people in 2018 and 2019.

“It’s like the biggest I’ve ever seen,” Calhoun said of 787 demand. “The world wants to connect in this post-COVID moment.” Calhoun said the planemaker was standing by its 787 production guidance announced in November “and we’re confident we can do it.”

The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday approved Boeing’s plan to resume deliveries of the 787. Boeing shares were up 2.3 per cent in early trading.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced on Sunday the creation of Riyadh Air, with industry veteran Tony Douglas as its chief executive, as the kingdom moves to compete with regional transport and travel hubs.

“We’ve got a blank sheet of paper,” Douglas told Reuters on Tuesday.

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