Ryanair is to announce a deal to buy 200 aircraft from Boeing within days, the Irish Independent newspaper reported on Tuesday without citing sources.Ryanair has said it is in talks with Boeing about a large deal that would likely be signed later in the year. Industry sources told reporters in late January that a deal was weeks away.A Ryanair spokesman on Tuesday said the company did not comment on "rumour or speculation." In January, Ryanair released a statement denying a report that a deal was imminent.A Boeing spokeswoman said the company did not discuss customer order negotiations as a matter of policy.The Irish Independent said the deal would be announced at a meeting between US President Barack Obama and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny at the White House during an annual reception to mark St. Patrick's Day.A deal would be a boost for Boeing as it seeks to sort out problems with its 787 Dreamliner, which has triggered a wave of negative publicity.A spokesman for the Irish Prime Minister declined to comment on the report.The Irish Independent said the deal would be worth USD$18 billion at list prices. Boeing typically provides a significant discount to list prices on large orders. Source: Reuters
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