Boeing gets $27 billion order from Middle Eastern airline

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The carrier's current fleet are all Boeing jets.

Dubai-based flydubai today announced a commitment to a US$27 billion order for 225 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to support the growth of its fleet. When finalized, the purchase promises to sustain tens of thousands of direct and indirect jobs in Boeing's US factories and network of suppliers, according to Boeing.

The 737 MAX family offers the greatest flexibility, reliability and efficiency in the single-aisle market, with eight per cent lower operating costs than its main competitor.

The 737 MAX has surpassed 4,000 total orders to date, Boeing added.

"The 737 MAX 8's ability to fly further than the competition while using less fuel is one of many reasons why customers - including ALAFCO - have helped make the 737 MAX the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history".

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Flydubai Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum said the new order will "strengthen trade and tourism links across its network" and boost the connectivity of Dubai as an aviation hub.

Boeing and flydubai declined to comment.

Egyptair could announce indirect orders with Airbus and Boeing involving third parties, they added.

Reuters reported on Sunday citing sources that flydubai, which along with long-haul cousin Emirates is owned by the government of Dubai, is in contact with Airbus and Boeing about a potential new order for up to 175 passenger jets. "This record-breaking agreement builds on our strong partnership with flydubai and the other leading carriers of this region", said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & CEO Kevin McAllister. The rest of the initial order will be made up of the MAX 8 and MAX 9.