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Boeing is close to a deal with Qatar to sell $ 14 billion worth of cargo planes

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Two sources familiar with the matter said Tuesday that Boeing is in negotiations advanced with Qatar Airways on a proposed new order for a cargo plane and that an agreement could be reached soon next week when the emir visits Washington.

The two sources added that Qatar Airways is looking to renew its current fleet, which includes around 34 freighters, with the new larger version of the 777X. in an agreement that could be worth up to $ 14 billion at list prices. Qatar has expressed its willingness to take in consider purchasing up to 50 aircraft.

Airbus said last week that it has canceled a contract with Qatar Airways to purchase 50 A321neo aircraft the airline needs to open new routes, potentially exacerbating a dispute with one of the airline’s largest customers over the larger A350. .

The move should widen the controversy, which has come close to a rare confrontation in judiciary, starting a trial session on April 26 in London to consider a case in which Qatar Airways is claiming over $ 600 million in compensation from Airbus for defects in the paint and surface of Type A aircraft. Three hundred and fifty.

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