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Oct 23, 2006

BAe Systems, Morten Beyer & Agnew

Morten Beyer & Agnew and Thomas Aviation Services remarketed seven former Independence Air BAE Jetstream 41s to Britannia Aviation Services International of Florida. Oct 19, 2006

Boeing

The 747-8 Intercontinental will now seat 467 people, up from 450 in the previous design, Randy Baseler, vice president of marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said in a recent Web log posting. The passenger version is now expected to be 250 feet, 8 inches, the same length as the freighter version of the new airplane. The current 747-400 model seats 416 people. The new 747 is still a far cry from the A380, which can seat 550 people in a typical three-class configuration. But the move narrows the gap between the two and could help Boeing attract more customers. Baseler said in his Web posting that the company is still aiming for customers wishing to replace older 747s. Chicago-based Boeing has seen interest in the freighter version of its new 747, but no airline has ordered the passenger version of the airplane. Airlines will begin receiving the new 747 freighters in late 2009, and the passenger version isn't expected to be delivered until 2010. The A380, which has yet to enter service, is facing significant delays that have led to major upheaval at Airbus. http://www.newairplane.com/747/ Oct 19, 2006

Boeing

Boeing said that global air cargo traffic growth is expected to average 6.1 percent over the next 20 years, according to Boeing's World Air Cargo Forecast 2006/2007. Additionally, large freighters, such as the 747-8 Freighter, will comprise an increasingly large segment of the world freighter fleet, as operators look for high efficiency with low tonne-kilometer costs. Oct 17, 2006

Boeing

Boeing's 747-8 Freighter improves on the current best-in-class 747-400F with 16 percent more payload capacity, due to a larger airframe that allows it to hold seven additional standard pallets while maintaining its customer-preferred nose-door-loading capability. In addition, both the 747-8 Freighter and 747-8 Intercontinental (passenger) models provide improved fuel burn, achieved by an improved wing design and new engines -- General Electric's new GEnx engines, which deliver greater fuel efficiency, engine durability, weight reduction and lower overall operating costs than today's engines. Including today's order, 44 747-8 Freighters have been ordered by five customers since program launch in November 2005. Oct 17, 2006

Boeing Business Jets

Boeing Business Jets announced it has won seven orders for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and 747-8. Undisclosed customers have ordered one 787-8, three 787-9 and three 747-8 airplanes specifically designated for the VIP market. These orders are already reflected on Boeing's Orders and Deliveries website. Boeing does not reveal the identity of private owners at the request of its customers. Oct 17, 2006

Boeing Business Jets

Boeing delivers its VIP airplanes in so-called "green" condition, meaning the airplane does not have interior furnishings or exterior paint. Customers then work with designers and interior completion centers to install an interior that exactly matches the owner's preferences and needs. Typical interiors could include staterooms with ensuite bathrooms, dining areas, lounge areas, meeting rooms and private offices. Oct 17, 2006

Boeing Business Jets

Boeing said that with the previously announced orders of 12 BBJs and the new widebody orders, the Boeing Business Jets sales team has won a total of 19 new airplane orders within the last 11 months -- business valued at $2.25 billion at list prices. In addition to the 737-based BBJs and the 787 and 747-8 VIP airplanes, Boeing Business Jets also offers VIP versions of the 767 and 777. Nearly 300 Boeing airplanes are in service in the VIP and business jet market. For more about Boeing Business Jets, visit http://www.boeing.com/commercial/bbj/index.html

Oct 17, 2006

Boeing Business Jets

Boeing's VIP version of the 747-8 provides a cabin with 4,786 square feet (444.6 square meters). It can carry 100 passengers and fly up to 9,260 nautical miles (17,150 km). The airplane also is the fastest large-cabin business jet, capable of cruising at Mach 0.86. Oct 17, 2006

Boeing Business Jets

Boeing's VIP-configured 787-8 offers 2,404 square feet (223.3 square meters) of cabin space and a range of 9,590 nautical miles (17,760 km), while the VIP-configured 787-9 offers 2,762 square feet (256.6 square meters) of cabin space and a range of 9,950 nautical miles (18,425 km). This capability allows owners of the 787 VIP jet to fly anywhere in the world nonstop while carrying up to 75 passengers. Oct 17, 2006

Boeing, Guggenheim Aviation Partners

Boeing announced that Guggenheim Aviation Partners, LLC (GAP), the U.S.-based aviation investment firm, acting on behalf of one of its investment funds, has ordered four 747-8 Freighters, with an option to order an additional two airplanes. At list prices, the order is valued at approximately $1.12 billion. Delivery of the 747-8 Freighters will begin in 2009. These airplanes were added to the Boeing Orders and Deliveries Web site on Oct. 5, attributed to an unidentified customer. Investment funds managed by GAP currently own a fleet of 30 Boeing aircraft, including a fleet of seven 747-400s that will be modified through the Boeing Converted Freighter program. In addition to those airplanes, the funds ordered six 747-400ER (Extended Range) Freighters in July 2005. Oct 17, 2006

Boeing, UPS

UPS leaves open the possibility that it may buy or lease Boeing planes as a stopgap measure, or even cancel the order outright and buy Boeing planes instead. On October 9, Bob Lekites, vice president of UPS airline and international operations, ordered a team to evaluate the Airbus A380 order, according to a company spokesman. Oct 22, 2006

Northwest Airlines, Boeing, Rolls-Royce

Northwest Airlines yesterday announced the completion of restructured agreements with Boeing and Rolls-Royce that will allow the bankrupt carrier to begin taking delivery of its 787s in August 2008. NWA placed an order for 18 Trent 1000-powered 787s, with purchase rights for an additional 50, last year. The agreements, details of which were not revealed, are subject to US Bankruptcy Court approval. Oct 19, 2006

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