Boeing Co.’s stretched version of the 787 Dreamliner, the sales of which have slowed since its 2013 unveiling, is getting a boost from a deal valued at more than US$8 billion by Taiwan’s Eva Airways Corp.
Eva Air plans to take 24 of the 787-10 models and two 777-300ERs, Boeing said Thursday, announcing the carrier’s intentions, although the airline has yet to finalize the purchase.
The airline settled on the Dreamliner after considering a competing Airbus Group SE model, the A350.
The transaction underscores customers’ interest in the 787-10, the longest and newest of three Dreamliner models, after the lull that followed the initial flurry of orders, Bloomberg reported.
Only three fresh orders have come in since 2013.
Boeing’s backlog of 146 jets for the 787-10 is only about 13 percent of the tally so far for the wide-body Dreamliner, the world’s first jetliner built chiefly of composite materials.
“There are people who had doubts,” said Richard Aboulafia, an aerospace analyst with consultant Teal Group. “It’s good to have an endorsement.”
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