British Airways announced Friday an order for six Boeing 777-300ER large widebody jets, with options to take four more of the planes.

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British Airways announced Friday an order for six Boeing 777-300ER large widebody jets, with options to take four more of the planes.

Only two of the firm-order airplanes were ordered direct from Boeing, an airline spokesman said. The rest will come from GECAS, the aircraft leasing unit of General Electric.

The two-airplane Boeing part of the firm order is worth $529 million at list prices. Market data from aircraft valuation firm Avitas pegs the actual purchase price after standard discounts at about $300 million.

The new order for 777s is likely an interim move, leaving the airline’s options open to later order more 777s or to switch to the Airbus A350.

The British flag carrier already flies 42 777-200s and has a pending order for four more of those smaller 777s. And in 2007 it ordered 24 Boeing 787 Dreamliners as well as 12 Airbus A380 super-jumbo jets for delivery between 2010 and 2014.

The 2007 order was the first step in a plan to replace the carrier’s older widebody jets, including 21 Boeing 767s and a portion of its 57 Boeing 747-400 aircraft.

British Airways chief executive Willie Walsh announced the order along with the airline’s financial results.

In the second quarter of this year, soaring fuel costs slashed operating profits to $69 million from $525 million a year ago. Walsh said fuel costs were up $460 million compared to the same quarter in 2007 and that the carrier’s total fuel bill this year will top $6 billion.