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Tue 26 Feb 2008 06:39 PM

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Rak sign US$300 million contract with Boeing

Rak Airways has signed a deal with Boeing to receive four new generation 737-800s, with purchase rights for two additional planes.

Rak Airways has signed a deal with Boeing to receive four new generation 737-800s, with purchase rights for two additional planes.

The carrier, which is the first in the UAE to purchase this short to medium-range model, will receive the first two planes in 2011. The second pair will be delivered the following year.

The signing ceremony was held at the Al Hamra Fort Hotel, Ras Al Khaimah and was hosted by H.H. Sheikh Omar Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, RAK Airway's chairman, Sheikh Salem Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, RAK's deputy chairman and Martin Bentrott, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president of Middle East and Africa sales.

Sheikh Omar said: "RAK Airways believes in providing premium service to its customers, in line with our strategy to enhance customer services by adding new destinations, increased frequency and new generation aircrafts. We are extremely proud to announce our deal with Boeing and are extremely positive that 737 NG is the best choice for the long-term success of the airline."

Bentrott is positive about the deal and the future of Boeing in the Middle East. "Within the last five or seven years the Middle East has continued to grow at a greater pace than any of the other markets." He added: "There's just phenomenal Aviation growth taking place in this region."

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