September 23, 2019 / 10:02 PM / 22 days ago

Air New Zealand signs order for eight Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner airplanes

FILE PHOTO: The new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner taxis on the runway during it's first flight at the Charleston International Airport in North Charleston, South Carolina, United States March 31, 2017. REUTERS/Randall Hill/File Photo

(Reuters) - Air New Zealand Ltd (AIR.NZ) said on Tuesday it had signed contracts to buy eight Boeing (BA.N) 787-10 Dreamliner airplanes.

The aircraft will be powered by GE Aviation’s (GE.N) GEnx-1B engines, New Zealand’s flag carrier said.

The deal follows the airline’s initial announcement in May, where it said it would explore entering into contracts with both Boeing and GE Aviation.

Reporting by Rashmi Ashok in Bengaluru, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien

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