The Wall Street Journal: Boeing gets $5.9 billion of orders for grounded 737 MAX jet

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A number of Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX aircraft are parked at Southern California Logistics Airport

DUBAI—Boeing Co. received 50 orders for its grounded 737 MAX, a boost for the embattled plane maker as it continues to deal with the fallout from two fatal crashes involving the jet.

Kazakhstan’s Air Astana, which is a customer of the rival Airbus AIR, +1.56%  SE A320neo, said in a letter of intent Tuesday it would buy 30 MAX jets, marking a miniature coup for Boeing BA, -0.60%  . The commitment is valued at $3.6 billion.

The U.S. manufacturer also signed a separate deal for 20 of the aircraft from an undisclosed customer at the international air show here, according to a person familiar with the agreement.

That order is expected to be announced at a separate ceremony in the airline customer’s home market and is valued at $2.3 billion.

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