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Air New Zealand and Qatar Airways finalize orders for Boeing jets

Boeing has finalized orders from two overseas airlines for a total of six wide-bodied jets worth nearly $3 billion at list prices.

Air New Zealand has added two 767-9 Dreamliners to its order for the extended-fuselage Dreamliners bringing its total Dreamliners on order to nine. The airline, launch customer for the 787-9, already operates three of the planes. The first 787-9 was delivered to Air New Zealand in July. The 787-9 is the second version of the 787 built by Boeing. The -9 carries 40 more passengers than the base model 787-8 and has a range 450 miles greater than that model.

Total list prices for those two planes were $514 million. Good customers commonly get discounts on those prices, however.

Qatar Airways also signed orders for four 777 Freighters worth $2.46 billion, Boeing reported. The 777 Freighter is capable of flying some 5,600 miles with a full payload making its the world’s longest range twin-engine freighter.

Boeing just finished a record year for new orders. The planemaker sold 1,432 commercial airliners last year. The company also set a record for aircraft deliveries with 723 commercial airliners delivered in 2014.

The 777s will be built in Boeing’s Everett plant. The 787-9s could be built either at Everett on in Boeing’s new plant in Charleston, South Carolina.

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