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Boeing sells three more 777s to African, Asian airlines

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on July 20, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
July 20, 2012 2:15 pm

Boeing is reporting today two airlines have placed orders for three more of its popular 777 twin jets.

Korean Air has signed an order for two of Boeing’s 777-300ER jets. At list prices those planes are worth nearly $600 million.

In the meantime, Ethiopian Airlines has ordered a single 777-200LR to supplement its existing fleet of five of the ultra-long-range aircraft. The 777-200LR lists from $276 million.

Korean already operates a fleet of 34 777s including 10 777-300ERs. The airline has six more 777-300ERs on order with Boeing.

Boeing claims the 777-300ER is 20 percent less costly to operate per seat than its competition. The aircraft will seat 365 passengers in a three-class configuration. Its maximum range is more than 9,100 miles.

The 777-200LR is smaller than the 777-300ER (301 versus 365 passengers) but flies farther, some 10,800 miles non-stop with a full passenger load.

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