Boeing seals deals with Qatar Airways, launches new cargo plane

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Washington (AFP) – Boeing launched a new freighter jet Monday while announcing a pair of major agreements with Qatar Airways, in a boost to the still-struggling US aviation giant. The deal with the Middle Eastern carrier was unveiled at a White House ceremony attended by top US and Qatari officials, and includes the sale of 34 777X freighters, plus options for 16 more planes in the latest incarnation of Boeing’s storied dual-aisle 777 line.  Boeing said the $20 billion value of the Qatar Airways deal constitutes the largest freighter commitment in Boeing history.  The airline also reached an a…

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