Boeing Co has won a closely followed contest to supply 47 of the new 787 Dreamliner jets to American Airlines, beating Airbus, its European rival, for the highly desired order of the widebody, long-haul aircraft.
In a statement, Robert Isom, the President of American Airlines said: “This was a difficult decision between the Boeing 787 and the Airbus A350 and A330neo, and we thank both manufacturers for their aggressive efforts to earn more of American’s business. In the end, our goal to simplify our fleet made the 787 a more compelling choice.”
The sai deal had a list price of over $12 billion. It is the latest in a series of setbacks to the Airbus A330neo. It comes weeks after Hawaiian Airlines dropped an order for six Airbus A330-800neo jets in favour of the 787, leaving that variant of long-haul A330neo with no customers.
In a statement, Kevin McAllister, the Chief Executive of Boeing said: “This new order is a powerful endorsement of the 787 family’s unique passenger appeal and unmatched ability to help airlines open new routes and grow profitably.”
Previously, Reuters had reported that Boeing was set to emerge triumphant in the hard-fought widebody contest, bringing along in its victory General Electric, the engine maker whose engines are anticipated to power the aircraft of Boeing.
As part of the said deal, Boeing and American Airlines have reached an agreement to defer the delivery of the 40 737 narrowbody jets that were previously scheduled to arrive between 2020 and 2022 so that it can “better align with planned retirements of other narrowbody aircraft.”