OK, got some clarification on this. The order includes:
*45 firm 787s, a to-be-determined mix of -8s and -9s;
*Options on 20 more, which will almost certainly become firm orders after Qantas CEO Geoff Dixon said “we regard them as a done deal.”
* Purchase rights on another 50 (that’s basically a minimum deposit that holds a delivery slot). Dixon predicted the airline would eventually convert most of those to firm orders as well.
* No 777s. Boeing 787 chief Mike Bair says Qantas will come back to order them later. Dixon hinted at that, but said for now they’re “out of the picture.”
And with that, I’m outta here. Check the paper for details on this in the morning, plus a story a Tuesday’s 747-8 celebration at Boeing’s Everett factory, AND my column, which recaps my recent blog entries on 767 tankers.
Btw, for anyone wondering, my date graciously agreed to reschedule for next week.