Brazilian Airline, British Airways Order Boeing Planes

SEATTLE – Boeing says British Airways has finalized an order for 24 Boeing 787s worth $4.4 billion at list prices.

The London airline also has placed options for 18 more 787s and purchase rights for an additional 10.

Boeing says it now has orders for 790 of the new planes. The first 787 is scheduled to take off early next year from the factory at Everett. The first deliveries are due by the end of 2008, and Boeing expects to deliver 109 of the planes in 2009.

The 787 will be the world’s first large commercial airplane made mostly of carbon-fiber plastic. Boeing says it will be cheaper to operate.

Meanwhile a Brazilian airline, GOL, has exercised options to order 34 Boeing 737-800s. The order is worth about $2.5 billion at list prices.

The airline also says it plans to buy 40 more Boeing planes to modernize its fleet.