Boeing Bags a Big One

Reporting its blockbuster earnings last month, Boeing (NYS: BA) confided to investors that it's got a bit of a problem buried in the baggage hold: Its sales force has been so successful of late that Boeing is having trouble working through the backlog as fast as the company had planned. Already, Boeing has had to up production on the classic 737 airliner four times in a row to keep up demand, while also accelerating the build rate on its 777 long-haul airplane as well.

Well, cry Boeing a river, folks, but Boeing's "problem" just got worse.

Boeing's amazing, incredible, ever-expanding tail
Over the weekend, Boeing announced that a backlog "tail" that's already reached disturbing proportions is about to get even bigger. On Sunday night, Dubai-based Emirates Airlines signed on the dotted line to acquire 50 (count 'em, 50!) of Boeing's 777 passenger aircraft.

This haul would be worth $18 billion if the planes went for list price, making it Boeing's biggest airplane sale ever already.

"7" must be your lucky number
So $18 bilion. (And another $6 billion for the engines to power them, built by General Electric (NYS: GE) .) This would be pretty good news already... but we're not done yet. In addition to the base order, Emirates placed options on a further $8 billion worth of the Boeing aircraft. When you combine the new order, the options, and the $9.1 billion deal Boeing inked with Emirates last year, the Arabian airline has given Boeing $35 billion worth of business (potentially) in just two years' time.

And for those keeping score at home, the 100 Boeing 777s Emirates has ordered, or intends to order, exceed the 90 orders the airline placed for Airbus's A380 superjumbo jet. It's also 100 A350 airplane orders that won't go to Airbus, as it struggles to get its new A350-1000 redesign out the door.

Foolish takeaway
All in all, I'd say it's looking like a great day to be a Boeing shareholder. Investors are bidding the shares up 2% in response to the news, and they're right to do so.

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