Boeing Announces Plans To Build 18 New Mega-Jets in Charleston For $6.1 Billion

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Air Canada has just placed one of the largest retail orders in American history with the Charleston Boeing plant.

They will be purchasing 18 Boeing 787-10 jets, the largest version manufactured at Boeing Co.’s North Charleston facility. According to Boeing’s website, each 787-10 Dreamliner costs $338.4 million, bringing Air Canada’s total tab to just over $6 billion.

The deal also encompasses an option for an additional 12 long-haul 787-10s. While the financial details remain undisclosed, Boeing has garnered over 295 orders and commitments for 787s in the past year, with the 787 program being headquartered at the North Charleston site.

“Air Canada has made investing in the passenger experience a core priority. Our experience shows customers greatly enjoy flying on the Dreamliner, so we are pleased to offer them a larger version of this popular aircraft, which will premiere a new, state-of-the-art interior cabin design. As importantly, the 787 is highly fuel efficient and will generate operational savings as well as support our sustainability goals of reducing emissions,” said Air Canada CEO Michael Rousseau in a press release.

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