Boeing nabs US$12.3 billion American Air deal for 47 Dreamliners

A Boeing 787-10 aircraft being built for Singapore Airlines (front) sits in the Final Assembly Area before a delivery ceremony of the first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner at Boeing South Carolina in North Charleston, South Carolina, United States March 25, 2018. (Reuters pic)

NEW YORK: American Airlines said it is ordering 47 of Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliners for long-range flying, expanding its fleet of the advanced carbon-composite jetliners and dealing a blow to Airbus SE’s ambitions to expand its wide-body aircraft sales in the US.

As part of the move, American will drop an order for 22 of Airbus’s twin-aisle A350 jets, a purchase placed by predecessor carrier US Airways.

American is ordering 22 of Boeing’s 787-8, the smallest member of the carbon-composite jet family, and 25 of the 787-9 variant.

The orders are worth US$12.3 billion at list prices before the customary discounts.