VietJet to order Boeing 737s shortly, prime minister says


NEW YORK, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Vietnamese budget airlineVietJet is in talks to buy Boeing Co 737 airplanes andthe contract should be signed "shortly," the nation's primeminister said on Friday.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, through a translator, saidthe agreement between Boeing and VietJet is an initial contractfor the purchase. On Wednesday, VietJet agreed a provisionalorder for up to 92 Airbus jets worth $9 billion at listprices.

The Vietnamese prime minister was speaking at a Vietnaminvestment forum in New York sponsored by the InternationalEconomic Alliance and the Asia Society.

Dung described upcoming business contracts with U.S.companies and Vietnam. "The initial agreement which is of Boeing737 between Vietjet and Boeing is also another contract to besigned shortly," Dung said.

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