May 26, 2019 / 9:45 PM / 4 months ago

Air New Zealand orders 8 Boeing 787 jets for long-haul flights

May 27 (Reuters) - Air New Zealand Ltd said on Monday it had ordered eight Boeing Co 787 jets worth $2.7 billion at list prices, allowing it to open up longer non-stop routes, such as Auckland-New York.

The announcement confirmed a Reuters report last week that Boeing had beaten rival Airbus SE, which had proposed the A350 for the hotly contested deal.

The airline, which has Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC engines that have proven problematic on its existing fleet of 13 787s, announced it had switched to GE engines for the new order.

Reporting by Aditya Soni in Bengaluru and Jamie Freed in Singapore Editing by Susan Thomas

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