I'll say this straight out: I'm skeptical of Boeing's
But if Boeing keeps going as it's been doing for much longer, it might convert even this skeptic.
Boeing, going, gone!
Fresh from recording its biggest airplane order ever, Boeing returned to market today and announced it's just recorded an even bigger order. (It's "biggest-er" order ever?) Last week's order was for long-haul 777s, sold to Dubai's Emirates Airlines. At $18 billion, with an additional $8 billion in "optioned" planes, that order was pretty big news already. But Boeing just topped it with the deal announced this morning.
In a massive 230-plane sale, Boeing proposes to outfit Indonesia's largest private airline, Lion Air, with a shiny new fleet of 737 MAX airplanes and extended-range 737s as well. The initial purchase, valued at list prices, comes to $21.7 billion. And later on, Lion Air has the option to expand this order by an additional 150 planes -- taking Boeing's total haul past $35 billion.
To lend some perspective, this win is even bigger than the 200-plane deal that Boeing inked with American Airlines parent AMR back in July. That was the deal that sparked the upgrade from 737 to 737 MAX in the first place, when Boeing shelved plans to develop a new short-haul airplane, and instead upgraded the 737 with new engines from General Electric's
So far this year, Boeing shares have lagged the performance of the Dow Jones Industrial Average
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