BOMBAY, India — Air India announced today a $6 billion order for 50 new Boeing jetliners.
Air India announced plans to buy 15 777s and 20 787s, Boeing’s newest jet. The airline also has options to buy eight 777s and seven 787s later.
The announcement came one day after Air Canada said it would purchase up to 96 Boeing jets.
Air India spokesman Jeetendra Bhargava said the board had reviewed purchase proposals from both Boeing and rival Airbus SAS before making a decision.
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Earlier this month, Boeing’s senior vice president of sales Dinesh Keskar said his company had offered “comprehensive and competitive bids” for the planes and last week, U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta visited New Delhi and said relations between the United States and India would benefit if Boeing gets the order.
The French government has been lobbying on behalf of Europe-based Airbus, and French Transportation Minister Gilles de Robien was in New Delhi on Monday to meet with India’s aviation minister, Praful Patel.