US aircraft manufacturer Boeing announced a major
order worth $7.2 billion for new aircraft at the opening of
the Farnborough Air Show in Britain Monday.
The Seattle-based company, who is the main rival of France-based European consortium Airbus, said Air Lease Corporation (ALC), the leading US aircraft leasing company, had placed an order for 75 Boeing 737-MAX aircraft and secured an option on a further 25.
The 737 is often described as the "workhorse of the skies" and the 737 MAX is a new-engine variant of what is the world's best-selling aircraft, a statement by Boeing said.
Meanwhile, British aero-engine maker Rolls-Royce said it had secured a contract from the US army to service helicopter engines, worth a total of $183 million.
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