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Originally published May 14, 2013 at 12:53 PM | Page modified May 15, 2013 at 11:34 AM

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Turkish order for Boeing MAX outshone by Airbus neo sale

Turkish Airlines finalized an order for 70 Boeing 737 jets, including 50 of the forthcoming MAX variant. Last month, the airline ordered 82 Airbus A320s, including 53 of the biggest A321neo models.

Seattle Times aerospace reporter

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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.

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.

Dominic Gates: (206) 464-2963 or dgates@seattletimes.com

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