September 13, 2017 1:23 pm JST

Najib meets Trump, promises to buy more Boeing planes, GE engines

Malaysian prime minister hints at $10bn deal for Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia

TOMOYUKI KAWAI, Nikkei staff writer

U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak to the White House in Washington on September 12 © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Tuesday promised U.S. President Donald Trump that his country's airlines will buy more aircraft and engines from U.S. companies, in a meeting at the White House.

Trump said he hopes that trade between the two countries will expand, saying that purchases of Boeing aircraft and engines made by General Electric are being negotiated, in deals worth $10 billion to $20 billion.

Najib said he expects that Malaysia Airlines will buy more Boeing aircraft, hinting at the purchase of 25 B737 MAX10 aircraft within five years. The total purchase amount will likely come to $10 billion. He also said a planned purchase of GE engines by AirAsia will go ahead.

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