August 3, 2009 / 10:10 AM / in 10 years

Turkmenistan to order 3 Boeing jets for $120 mln

ASHGABAT, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Turkmen President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has ordered the state airline to buy three Boeing (BA.N) jets, according to a decree published on Monday.

The gas-rich Central Asian state will pay a total of $120 million for the Boeing 737-700 planes, the document said. It gave no other details of the deal.

Turkmenistan, unlike many other former Soviet states, has used its natural gas export revenues to replace its entire fleet of ageing Russian-made jets with Western-assembled aircraft since gaining independence from Moscow in 1992. (Reporting by Marat Gurt; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov)

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