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LAN Airlines and Qatar Airways Confirm Orders for 787s

19 November 2007

Boeing and Qatar Airways held a signing ceremony at the Dubai Air Show to mark the airline's order for 30 787 Dreamliners and five 777 Freighters.

""Our relationship with Qatar Airways has grown immensely,"" said Lee Monson, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president of Sales for the region. ""With 57 orders spread across the core of our twin-aisle offerings, this validation of our product strategy by such a renowned airline is truly valued by Boeing's leadership and very rewarding for the members of our dedicated Middle East team.""

""Qatar Airways' mission is one of overall excellence,"" said Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways' CEO. ""We look forward to utilizing our new Boeing airplanes so that we can further enhance service to our passengers, while also playing a pivotal role in the economic development of the State of Qatar through expanded and optimized cargo operations.""

Chile's LAN Airlines will also receive 32 787 Dreamliners, marking the largest 787 acquisition to date for Latin America. The Santiago-based carrier has ordered 26 airplanes from Boeing, and will lease an additional six 787-9s from International Lease Finance Corp.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, scheduled for entry into service in 2008, provides passengers with a better flying experience and operators with a more efficient commercial jetliner. To date, 51 airlines have logged 736 orders, making the Dreamliner the most successful commercial airplane launch in history.