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If Boeing pays its sales agents on commission (and Lord knows they should), then there are some serious bonus checks being cut right now.

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Southwest to Buy $19 Billion Worth of Boeing Jets in Largest Aircraft Order Ever

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If Boeing pays its sales agents on commission (and Lord knows they should), then there are some serious bonus checks being cut right now.

That's because the aircraft manufacturer just signed the largest aircraft order ever with Southwest Airlines, which committed to buying some $19 billion worth of jet goodness.

Bloomberg Business Week reports:

Southwest Airlines Co. became the first carrier to order Boeing Co.'s 737 MAX, purchasing 150 of the more-efficient planes and 58 other 737s in the largest aircraft order ever.

MAX deliveries will start in 2017, and the deal includes options for 150 more, Southwest said today in a statement. The order is valued at almost $19 billion at list prices, which are usually discounted for airlines. The MAX's three variants are priced from $77.7 million for the smallest to $101.7 million for the largest, Boeing said today.

The news comes about a week after Boeing signed a new contract with the Machinists Union and days after it put an end to a lawsuit by the National Labor Relations Board over the building of a non-union plant in South Carolina.

No doubt the resigned machinists and other Boeing workers are glad to hear that they'll have plenty of work to do for the foreseeable future.

 
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