American Airlines has placed an order for 47 of Boeing Co.'s 787 Dreamliner commercial planes, more than doubling the carrier's fleet of the wide-body jets.
The deal with the largest U.S. carrier, announced late Friday, also includes options for 28 more Dreamliners, which are assembled at Boeing plants in North Charleston and Everett, Wash.
"We are extremely honored that American Airlines is deepening its commitment to the 787 Dreamliner," Kevin McAllister, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said in a statement. "This new order is a powerful endorsement of the 787 family's unique passenger appeal and unmatched ability to help airlines open new routes and grow profitably."
American previously ordered 42 Dreamliners and has been using the planes on new routes to the Asia Pacific, Europe and other markets.
While the airline still has more airplanes on the way from its initial order, the carrier is buying the additional planes — 22 787-8 models and 25 of the larger 787-9s — to further modernize and expand its fleet.
American, now the largest Dreamliner customer in the Western Hemisphere, had been in talks for weeks about the order, with the carrier rumored to be favoring the 787 over the Airbus A330neo. The planes would replace an unwanted Airbus A350 jet order that American inherited from its merger with US Airways.
"This was a difficult decision between the Boeing 787 and the Airbus A350 and A330neo, and we thank both manufacturers for their aggressive efforts to earn more of American’s business," Robert Isom, the carrier's president, said in a statement. "In the end, our goal to simplify our fleet made the 787 a more compelling choice.”
The deal brings Boeing's total for Dreamliner orders to 122 just a little more than three months into 2018 — more than the company sold all of last year.