Boeing Co., the second-largest commercial planemaker, won orders today worth a total of $13.7 billion for 112 aircraft from Emirates and China, extending gains in new business this year over Airbus SAS.

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Boeing Co., the second-largest commercial planemaker, won orders today worth a total of $13.7 billion for 112 aircraft from Emirates and China, extending gains in new business this year over Airbus SAS.

Emirates, the Persian Gulf’s biggest and fastest-growing carrier, bought 42 of Boeing’s long-range 777 models worth $9.7 billion, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, the Emirates chairman, said at the Dubai Air Show. The Chicago-based planemaker signed an agreement with China for 70 of the 737 models worth $4 billion during a visit by U.S. President George W. Bush.

Boeing and Airbus have recorded a doubling in airline contracts this year as travel increases and high oil costs spur demand for more fuel-efficient planes. As of Nov. 18, Boeing had 659 orders to 494 for Toulouse, France-based Airbus. Airbus announced orders today from Kuwait worth $2.9 billion at the Dubai show in the United Arab Emirates.

“Boeing is doing incredibly well this year,” said Richard Aboulafia, vice president of Fairfax, Virginia-based consulting company Teal Group. “For the first time in a decade they’re investing the future, spending money on new product development. That has a galvanizing effect and reassures customers they’re committed the market so it helps sell all their planes.”

Boeing Lead

The U.S. planemaker appears certain to beat Airbus with orders for the first time in five years. Airbus, which took the lead in deliveries over Boeing in 2003 to become the world’s largest maker of commercial aircraft, will maintain that advantage this year with a total of 370 delivers to 290 for Boeing.

European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co., with headquarters in Munich and Paris, holds 80 percent of Airbus, while London-based BAE Systems Plc owns the remaining 20 percent.

With its agreement, Emirates will become the largest Boeing 777 operator in the world. Emirates is also scheduled to be the biggest customer of Airbus’s A380, a 555-seat plane that will begin service in 2006. Emirates has ordered 43 of the A380s.

Emirates wants the 777 model airplanes to “strengthen our long-range plans, including to the U.S.,” al Maktoum said. The carrier also took options to buy an additional 20 of the planes.

“This is traffic-growth planning for the future,” said Doug McVitie, managing director of Arran Aerospace, a Dinan, France- based forecaster. “The long range of these planes will let them offer direct flights to the West Coast in the U.S.”

Boeing spokesman George Liu said in a telephone interview that the company is still in talks with Chinese customers for 80 more 737 aircraft, without giving further details or identifying the airlines.

Bush ‘Pleased’

“I was pleased to see that the Chinese government ordered Boeing aircraft,” Bush told reporters in Beijing, after a day of talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao.

Airbus gained orders from Kuwait’s Aviation Lease and Finance Co., and from Al-Jazeera Airways. Aviation Lease bought 12 of the twin-engine, long-range A350-800 jets to meet customers needs for better economy, said Ahmed Al-Zabin, the company’s chief executive, at a press conference in Dubai. Airbus said the Al-Jazeera order was for six A320s.

Boeing on Nov. 10 broke the distance record for a nonstop flight by a commercial airliner when its new long-range 777 landed at London’s Heathrow Airport after a trip from Hong Kong that crossed two oceans and covered 11,664 nautical miles (21,596 kilometers).

The two-engine 777 burns less fuel than Airbus’s four-engine A340 model. Airbus Chief Executive Gustav Humbert in an Oct. 10 interview conceded that a four-engine model uses more fuel for an equivalent trip, making it a harder sell in a period when oil prices have jumped.

777 Versus A340

So far this year Boeing has sold 64 of its twin-engine 777 Planes, excluding today’s announcement. In the same period Airbus has sold 55 four-engine A340s.

“Boeing’s victory with the 777 in a traditionally Airbus market underscores the need for Airbus to start contemplating a replacement for the A340 to compete in the long-haul segment,” said Matthew Spahn, a New York-based analyst at TCW Group, which owns about 2.363 million Boeing shares. “With airline fuel and operating costs as high as they are, Airbus’s A340 is hard to rationalize buying compared with the 777 and that’s not an easy problem for Airbus to solve.”

At Emirates, the strategy has been to exploit its hub at Dubai, United Arab Emirates, challenging carriers including Air France-KLM Group and Singapore Airlines Ltd. on routes connecting Asia, Europe and North America.

Global Demand

“We now see demand for our flights across the globe, and the airline industry globally is being realigned to the huge growth we’re now seeing in the Middle East,” Al-Maktoum said. “We’re part of that. These new aircraft will help strengthen routes into North America, Asia and Africa.”

The approach has shown results. In the first half of 2005, Emirates carried 6.98 million passengers, an increase of 15 percent from a year earlier, while the proportion of seats filled rose 2.6 percentage points to 76 percent. That pace of growth is about twice the average for the world’s airlines.

The increased traffic allowed the carrier to report a fiscal first-half profit of $236 million, up 6.4 percent from the year- earlier period. British Airways’ profit for the first six months, by comparison, was 268 million pounds ($461 million). The airline plans to double its fleet to 151 aircraft within seven years.

Emirates’ order today includes 24 777-300ERs, 10 777-200LR planes and eight 777 freighters. The planes generally sell for around $200 million each and as much as $250 million each, depending on the model. Airlines usually pay less than list price.

General Electric Co. is the sole maker of the engine for the long-range 777 model and will be supplying the engines.

–With reporting from Vicki Kwong in Hong Kong and James Gunsalus in New York.