In addition to today's B777-8 freighter order, Boeing and Qatar Airways signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a firm order of 25 737-10 aircraft and purchase rights for 25 additional airplanes.

The total value of this 737-10 commitment is nearly $7 billion at current list prices. The largest model in the MAX family, the 737-10 seats up to 230 passengers in a single-class configuration and can fly up to 3,300 miles.

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“Qatar Airways very much looks forward to adding the 737-10 to its fleet, with this new variant of the 737 being ideally suited to our short haul network, allowing us an opportunity to further enhance our product offering for our customers, modernize our fleet and operate the most efficient aircraft in its category,” said Akbar Al Baker.

“The largest member of the 737 family, the 737-10 is an airplane that offers more capacity, greater fuel efficiency and the best per-seat economics of any single-aisle airplane,” said Stan Deal. “We are proud of our partnership with Qatar Airways and honored that this world-class airline continues to put its trust in our Boeing team.”

The unexpected addition of at least 25 of the jets, with options for another 25, comes days after Airbus revoked an order for 50 A321neo jets as part of a contractual and safety dispute involving a different model.