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Boeing 787-Dreamliner

Boeing’s flagship aircraft, the 787 Dreamliner grabbed headlines by opening Farnborough with a flying display in Qatar Airways colors.

The flyby marked a switch for Boeing, which for 28 years kept its commercial planes on the ground at air shows. The world’s second-largest commercial aircraft maker by sales was tipped to dominate this year’s show in terms of orders.

On the first day of the show, Boeing announced an order worth $7.2 billion in terms of list prices with Air Lease for 75 new fuel-efficient 737 MAX planes. David Baxt, global head of aerospace at Jefferies, told CNBC, "This year, we do strongly believe it is going to be the year of the Boeing 737 MAX. Boeing hopes to end the year with potentially 1,000 orders, and at this show Jefferies expects to see up to 400 commitments turned into orders for the Max."

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