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Boeing wins $609 mln Azerbaijan Airlines order

Boeing Co., the world's second-biggest commercial planemaker, won an order from Azerbaijan Airlines for five long-haul aircraft valued at $609 mln.

The contract is for three 787 Dreamliners and two 737-900ERs, the Chicago-based company said today in a statement. Boeing didn't say when the aircraft will be delivered. Azerbaijan Airlines, based in the capital Baku, is the first carrier in the former Soviet Union to order the 787, Boeing said. Boeing may regain the lead in aircraft deliveries from Airbus SAS, the world's largest maker of commercial aircraft, as early as next year on surging demand for the twin-aisle, 210- to 330-seat 787. Boeing is „confident the 787 and 737-900ER will be powerful tools that allow Azerbaijan Airlines to continue its leadership and expand its services for passengers,” Craig Jones, Boeing's vice president of sales for Central Asia and Russia, said in the statement. The 737-900ER is a longer-range version of Boeing's best-selling single-aisle 737 series. Azerbaijan Airlines will operate the 787 on routes to the Far East, Southeast Asia and North America, it said in the statement. The 737-900 ERs will fly to Europe, Russia and other destinations within the central Asian region. „With the twin-aisle 787, we will enter the long-haul market for the first time,” the airline's director general, Jahangir Askerov, said in the statement. „We will offer our customers many more choices for far-away destinations.” Azerbaijan Airlines is the country's national carrier. It was part of the Soviet Union's national airline, Aeroflot, until 1991, when Azerbaijan gained independence. The airline flew its first Western-made aircraft, a Boeing 757, in 2000. (Bloomberg)