Boeing signs MoU to furnish HNA with 787-9 Dreamliners & 777 freighters
The orders include the Chinese order for Boeing’s newest version of its 747, the 747-8 Intercontinental. The order for five of the huge planes from Air China is only the third order for the commercial passenger version of the plane. Lufthansa and Korean Airlines have also ordered the 467-passenger plane.
Boeing also signed a memorandum of understanding with the HNA Group, parent company of Hong Kong Airlines and Hainan Airlines. That agreement calls for Boeing to furnish HNA with 30 787-9 Dreamliners, six 777 freighters and two 787-8 VIP jets.
The deals must be ratified by the Chinese government, generally a perfunctory approval.
The orders were a boost for Boeing particularly for the 747-8I which has been outsold by its freighter counterpart. The plane is about a year behind its original delivery schedule.
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