Both Boeing Co. and its European rival, Airbus, emerged with a piece of British Airways’ $8.2 billion order for 36 new long-range aircraft today.
The London-based carrier said it is ordering 24 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 12 Airbus A380 superjumbo jets. The airline also took options on seven more A380s and 18 787s.
In splitting the order, BA satisfied the British government, which had lobbied hard for Airbus because the A380’s wings are built in the UK, and Boeing, which traditionally supplied most of the airline’s long-haul aircraft.
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