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Boeing wins Air-India order for 50 aircraft

April 26, 2005 19:05 IST

Boeing on Tuesday won the deal of 50 aircraft from the Air-India.

The A-I board approved the purchase of 50 aircraft costing Rs 30,000 crore (Rs 300 billion), subject to government approval, an A-I statement said in Mumbai.

Earlier, in its bid to grab the Air-India order, Boeing on said on April 12 that it had offered a 'comprehensive competitive pricing' to the public sector carrier, whose decision to purchase 50 aircraft of different makes was yet to get government nod.

"Our aircraft -- Boeing 777-200 ER (long range), B 777-300 ER (extended range) and 787-8 Dreamliners -- are perfectly suited for Air-India's plans and have competitive advantages over our competitors (Airbus Industrie)," Dinesh A Keskar, senior vice president (sales), Boeing, had said.

He said his company was in talks with almost all the Indian carriers, including Jet Airways, Air Sahara and SpiceJet, for these and other aircraft for their domestic and international operations.

On April 14, India told the US government that due consideration would be given to the offer of American aircraft major, Boeing for the fleet acquisition plans of Air-India and Indian Airlines, when US Transportation Secretary Norman Y Mineta was in India.

"President George Bush has spoken to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh some time ago," and the subject was raised by him with Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel also, Mineta said after signing a historic air services agreement with India in New Delhi.

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