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Boeing said Tuesday it has finalized a firm order from Turkish Airways for 50 of its new 737 MAXs and 20 of the current model 737NGs, a sale somewhat eclipsed by a larger order the airline placed last month with Airbus.

The Boeing order is worth $6.9 billion at list prices, though market pricing data from aircraft valuation firm Avitas pins the price after typical discounts at about $3.6 billion.

While the deal is an excellent boost for the MAX, it’s another case of an airline dividing an order with Airbus — and the European jetmaker got the bigger split.

Last month, Turkish ordered 82 jets from the Airbus A320 single-aisle family, including 53 of the larger A321neos and 25 of the current A321 model, plus four A320neos.

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Because of the preponderance of the larger models, the Airbus order is worth $9.3 billion at list prices, or an Avitas-estimated discounted price of about $4.6 billion.

In large single-aisle jets, the sub-category that seats more than 180 passengers in two classes, sales of the Airbus A321neo are far ahead of those for the 737-9 MAX.

Boeing doesn’t provide a clear breakdown of the model mix in its MAX sales, but as of last month, an analysis by industry veteran Scott Hamilton showed the Airbus A321neo having at least a 62 percent share against the 737-9 MAX.

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