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Boeing Emirates Group

Emirates signed a Heads of Agreement at the Farnborough Airshow for 10 of Boeing's new 747-8F aircraft, to be powered by General Electric's GEnx jet engines, in a deal worth $3.3 billion becoming the third customer for the freighter version behind Cargolux and Nippon Cargo Airlines, which launched the program last year with combined firm orders for 18. The engine component of this deal is valued at more than $600 million. The 10 747-8F aircraft, scheduled for delivery from 2010, will support Emirates' long-term growth plans by providing additional capacity and operational flexibility for its air cargo services. Emirates also announced it will add another two 747-400Fs to its leased fleet next year. The freighter orders have led to speculation that the carrier may order the passenger version to replace its order for 18 A340-600HGWs, which is on hold, although it does not operate any 747 passenger aircraft. To date, no airline has ordered the 747-8 Intercontinental. Emirates currently operates nine wide-bodied Boeing 747Fs and Airbus A310Fs, and also has eight 777Fs on its order books. Jul 18, 2006

Boeing, Emirates Group

Emirates Group Chairman and CEO Sheikh Ahmed Al-Maktoum only would say at the Farnborough Airshow that the carrier is "always looking at something new and we are very pleased with our Boeing aircraft we have in service. We will be looking at the 747-8 [Intercontinental]." The airline, which is doubling in size every four years, is targeting the projected 6% annual growth in air cargo. "The 747-8 freighters that we are ordering today will put Emirates in a strong position to tap into the growth of cargo traffic and reinforce Dubai's standing as a growing international hub for air cargo and logistics," it said in a statement. Jul 17, 2006

Boeing, Load Air Cargo

Load Air Cargo ordered two 747-400ERs for delivery in 2009. The recently launched Kuwait-based carrier holds an exclusive license to carry freight to and from Kuwait. Jul 17, 2006

Boeing, Qatar Airways

Qatar Behind USD$4.9 Bln Boeing 777 Order. Qatar Airways is the airline behind a USD$4.9 billion order for 20 Boeing 777 long-range planes listed as an unidentified customer on the planemaker's order book, industry sources said on Monday. Boeing released a statement saying a final deal had been signed worth USD$4.9 billion including 14 of the 777-300ER (Extended Range) model and 6 of the 777-200LR (Longer Range), only to later retract the statement. The planemaker has the 20 planes already on its order book as an unidentified customer, sources at the Farnborough Airshow said. Jul 17, 2006

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise leasing division aims to have 50 aircraft within five years and Johnson said there are "more manufacturing opportunities than we have capacity for" so the company will have prioritize its manufacturing ambitions carefully. Jul 18, 2006

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise looks forward to exciting times ahead. Bob Johnson, newly appointed CEO of DAE, said at the Farnborough Airshow he is "terribly excited" about the ambitious new project of which he has taken the helm. "I'm riding a great horse," he told journalists here. "We aim to establish DAE as one of the most innovative and successful businesses in the global aerospace industry inside the next 10 years." Now that he is onboard, the former CEO of Honeywell's Aerospace business expects the new company will go "full steam ahead" in August. Jul 18, 2006

Emirates, CAE Flight

Emirates-CAE Flight Training was awarded a series of contracts valued at more than C$10 million to provide pilot training for IndiGo Airlines, Saudi Aramco and Pakistan International Airlines at its Dubai training center. CAE also said it signed "a number of contracts" worth approximately C$17 million for training services for airlines in Europe and South America, including a five-year deal with Gol to offer 737NG training at CAE's Sao Paulo facility. Other deals were with Dutch Antilles Express, City Star Airlines, White Eagle Aviation and Freedom Airways. Jul 18, 2006

Goodrich, EgyptAir, Airbus

Goodrich signed a 10-year agreement with EgyptAir to provide total aftermarket support covering nacelles and thrust reversers for A320 family aircraft. Goodrich said the 17-aircraft contract is expected to generate up to $40 million in revenue over the next 10 years. It will provide a fixed-cost, flight-hour-based support program offering 7/24/365 original equipment parts and repair support. The agreement includes extended product warranties and on-site service. Jul 17, 2006

Rockwell Collins, Buraq Air

Rockwell Collins announced that Buraq Air, a private airline headquartered in Tripoli, selected a full suite of Collins avionics as well as its Programmable Audio Video Entertainment System and the Airshow 4200 moving map information system for two new 737NGs. The agreement includes an option on four more aircraft with deliveries scheduled for August 2006 through December 2009. Jul 18, 2006

Snecma, Royal Air Maroc, Boeing

Snecma Morocco Engine Services, a 51:49 joint venture between Snecma Services and Royal Air Maroc, adapted the test cell in its Casablanca facility to handle the CFM56-7 for the 737NG. SMES said it invested more than $3.5 million to upgrade the facility, making it the first engine repair shop for the type in Africa and the southern Mediterranean. Jul 18, 2006
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