Qatar Airways orders Boeing planes in $1.7B deal



LE BOURGET, France (AP) — Boeing announced the first big-ticket order in its rivalry with Airbus at the start of the Paris Air Show Monday.

Boeing says Qatar (GUH’-tur) Airways has ordered six 777 jets in a $1.7 billion deal.

The CEO of the fast-growing Gulf carrier says it plans to buy extended versions of the long-range jet, the 777-300.

The airline’s CEO also says he hopes to finalize an order with Airbus for the A320 neo this week.

Boeing has faced pressure to come up with its response to the A320 neo. But Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Jim Albaugh says the company won’t rush into a decision. Boeing is considering whether to re-engine the current 737s, or develop an entirely new plane.