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Flydubai confirms order of 86 Boeing jets

Boeing and flydubai announced Monday a firm order for 75 Boeing 737 MAX 8s and 11 Next-Generation 737-800s, the US company's largest single-aisle airplane order in the Middle East. The order is valued at $8.8 billion at list prices, the companies said in a statement. Aircraft orders are often negotiated at a discount. In addition, flydubai, the low-cost airline set up in 2008 by the government of Dubai, has an option to buy 25 additional 737 MAXs.

Flydubai confirms order of 86 Boeing jets

Boeing and flydubai announced Monday a firm order for 75 Boeing 737 MAX 8s and 11 Next-Generation 737-800s, the US company's largest single-aisle airplane order in the Middle East. The order is valued at $8.8 billion at list prices, the companies said in a statement. Aircraft orders are often negotiated at a discount. In addition, flydubai, the low-cost airline set up in 2008 by the government of Dubai, has an option to buy 25 additional 737 MAXs.

Boeing beat 787 goal with 65 deliveries last year; total of 648 puts it ahead of Airbus

CHICAGO - Boeing delivered 65 of its 787s last year, even though deliveries were halted for a four months because of battery problems. Boeing was able to step up the pace once deliveries resumed in May, and it handed over 25 of the jets during the final quarter of last year. Boeing said Monday it delivered a total of 648 planes in 2013, a new record. That appears to put the Chicago company ahead of European competitor Airbus, which has said it expected to deliver about 600 jets for the year.

New Boeing contract secures coveted plane, but deals blow to local labour influence

SEATTLE - A new labour contract that was approved in a close vote by Boeing machinists secures a major airplane contract for the Seattle area, but it also moves workers away from pensions. National union leaders, the state's governor and the company all hailed Friday contract approval — which defied local union bosses — as a vital boost to the region's economy. The tight count exposed deep rifts in the once-powerful union, but with plenty of states lining up to give Boeing exactly what it wanted to get work on the 777X, the aerospace giant had a tremendous advantage.

Union approves Boeing contract, 777X planes stay in Washington

A key Boeing labor union narrowly approved late Friday an eight-year contract that keeps production of the new 777X jet airliner in Washington state in exchange for cuts in benefits. As a result, Boeing will stop seeking alternate sites for production of a more fuel-efficient version of its best-selling widebody jet. The Machinists Union District Lodge 751 said in a statement that members approved the controversial contract by 51 percent.

Machinists union chief says Boeing's latest offer is a $1 billion improvement

SEATTLE - The international president of the Machinists union has told members that Boeing's revised contract offer is an improvement of more than $1 billion. In a letter to union members that was dated Thursday, Tom Buffenbarger said the offer that workers will consider next week is a significant improvement over a contract the union rejected last month. Buffenbarger has scheduled the Jan. 3 vote despite the objections of local union leaders who say the latest contract offer is too similar to the last one.

National leaders schedule Machinists vote on Boeing 777X contract deal

SEATTLE - National leaders of the Machinists union are scheduling a vote on a proposed contract between Boeing and Puget Sound machinists, despite objections from local union officials who have already rejected the company's latest offer. The lead negotiator for the union's national headquarters, Rich Michalski, told The Seattle Times in a phone interview that a vote is set for Jan. 3, the newspaper reported Saturday.

National leaders schedule Machinists vote on Boeing 777X contract deal

SEATTLE - National leaders of the Machinists union are scheduling a vote on a proposed contract between Boeing and Puget Sound machinists, despite objections from local union officials who have already rejected the company's latest offer. The lead negotiator for the union's national headquarters, Rich Michalski, told The Seattle Times in a phone interview that a vote is set for Jan. 3, the newspaper reported Saturday.

Boeing tells states if they're in the running to make new 777X; final decision next year

CHICAGO - Boeing says it has begun telling states whether they're still in the running to build its new 777X. Boeing has gotten proposals from 22 states covering 54 locations that all want to build the plane. Boeing says it is narrowing the list down and is telling each location its status in the process. Boeing isn't releasing the list publicly. The company says it expects to pick a location early next year.

Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific orders 21 of Boeing's new 777X

CHICAGO - Boeing has booked a big order for its planned 777X aircraft. Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific is buying 21 of the planes, which Boeing will build later this decade. The 777X will be an updated version of Boeing's bestselling 777. That is Boeing's second-biggest plane, used by airlines for very long international flights. For the new version, Boeing plans to replace its aluminum wings with wings made from a lightweight, high-tech plastic, and make other improvements that will make the plane more fuel-efficient.
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