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Apr 30, 2007

Air Cargo Management Group released its latest 20-year freighter aircraft forecast last week, projecting that the global fleet will more than double in size from 1,801 units currently to 3,883 by 2026. "In addition to freighter fleet expansion. . .more than 1,100 existing freighters will be retired over the next 20 years," ACMG Project Director Robert Dahl said. "Taking both growth and replacement into account, ACMG predicts the need for more than 3,200 new and converted freighters through 2026, an average of 160 units added per year." Widebodies, which now make up just over half of the world's freighters, will comprise a 64% share by 2026, Dahl said. Apr 23, 2007

Air Canada, Boeing

Air Canada has exercised existing options to buy rights for 23 Boeing 787s, bringing its total firm orders for the aircraft to 37 from 14 originally announced, the company said on Tuesday. Apr 24, 2007

Alaska Air Group

Alaska Air Group 2006 first-quarter result included an impairment charge of $131.1 million related to the decision to retire McDonnell-Douglas MD-80s earlier than planned, while this year's result included the impact of mark-to-market adjustments related to fuel hedge contracts. Group operating revenues rose 3.3% in the quarter to $759.4 million while operating expenses dropped 9.7% to $777.5 million, sending operating loss down to $18.1 million from $125.2 million in the 2006 quarter. Apr 27, 2007

American Airlines, Boeing

American Airlines first for Boeing 767 winglet UK-based GKN Aerospace is expected to announce its selection by Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) as a new supplier of the US company[sup.1]s. Apr 26, 2007

Aviation Capital Group, Airbus, Boeing

Aviation Capital Group yesterday announced orders for 20 Airbus A320 family aircraft, five Boeing 787s and 15 737NGs. The Boeing aircraft previously had been listed as unidentified on the manufacturer's orders and deliveries website. The order is worth approximately $1.6 billion at list prices and represents the lessor's first commitment to the 787. It currently owns a combined 138 737 Classics, 737NGs, 757s and 767s and has an additional 52 Boeing aircraft on order. The Airbus order comprises four A319s, 14 A320s and two A321s. ACG currently has more than 70 A320 family aircraft in its portfolio, Airbus said, adding that the latest order is the first direct transaction between ACG and the European manufacturer. Apr 24, 2007

Aviation Partners Boeing

Aviation Partners Boeing officially launched its 767-300ER blended winglet program this week, saying it has firm orders for 68 shipsets from three airlines on three continents. It expects US FAA certification in the fourth quarter of 2008. AVP said the winglets, available for both passenger and freighter versions, are worth 350,000 gal. in annual fuel savings per aircraft, a payload improvement of up to 12,000 lb. and a range increase of up to 360 nm. APB President and CEO John Reimers said he expects approximately 460 of the 575 -300ERs currently flying to be outfitted with winglets in 2009-12. Apr 25, 2007


Boeing profit soars to $877 million A day after Virgin Atlantic and Air Canada ordered 787s, Boeing reported a thumping 26.7% increase in first-quarter net earnings to $877 million from $692 million in the year-ago period. Apr 26, 2007


Boeing looks to algae as alternative aviation fuel Massive cultivation of oil-rich, CO2-absorbing algae pools covering an area equivalent to the size of Austria - or Maryland in the US - could. Apr 26, 2007


The first Boeing 787 wings will be flown from Nagoya. Japan to Everett in the USA in the coming weeks, with the US airframe manufacturer. Apr 25, 2007


Boeing forecasts steady rise in '07, '08 and '09 deliveries Boeing expects to deliver between 440 and 445 commercial aircraft this year and is forecasting an increase of at least 75 in 2008. Apr 25, 2007


Boeing offers glimpse into Japanese plants Parts of Boeing's 787 are cooked in barrels called autoclaves that apply heat and pressure to shape the composite parts of wings and fuselages. The work takes place at Japanese plants owned by Boeing's partners. The companies opened the plants to reporters on Monday. Apr 24, 2007

Boeing, Air Canada

Boeing yesterday confirmed Air Canada's order for 23 787s as interest in and orders for the type intensified ahead of June's Paris Air Show and the July 8 rollout. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer suggested that Qatar Airways is the mystery customer for the 30 unidentified 787s on Boeing's website. Rumors continue to circulate that US Airways is close to placing a 787 order, and despite some sources suggesting otherwise an airline spokesperson confirmed to this website yesterday that those reports are not true. Boeing still has 43 unidentified 787 orders, including the buy of 30, from what are understood to be seven customers. Apr 27, 2007

Boeing, Air Canada

Air Canada also added six Boeing 777Fs and 14 737s to its order book this week. Oak Hill Capital Partners, a private equity firm, ordered the 777Fs and will purchase them through a new leasing company it is establishing. India's SpiceJet ordered 10 737-800s and another four are for an unidentified customer. At the same time Boeing identified some of the other orders on its website: Southwest Airlines (two 737s) and Arik Air (four 777s and three 787s). Press reports out of Russia yesterday said S7 Airlines placed an order for 10 737-800s with options for 10 more. Apr 27, 2007

Boeing, American Airlines

Wing modification could cut millions in fuel costs. A modification to the wings of Boeing's 767-300ER jetliners could save at least 290,000 gallons of fuel per plane each year. American Airlines is the launch customer for the wing modification. It will lease a 767 to Aviation Partners Boeing, which will begin certification tests for the blended winglets. American said the modification could save $44 million each year in fuel costs. Apr 26, 2007

Boeing, Spirit AeroSystems

Boeing's 787 shows future of aircraft manufacturing The plant where Spirit AeroSystems builds the nose and cockpit of Boeing's 787 offers a glimpse into the future of aircraft manufacturing. The entire process is automated, with guided vehicles moving aircraft pieces and giant drilling machines attaching parts. Apr 23, 2007

Continental Airlines

Continental considers green programs to curb emissions Continental Airlines is taking steps to address greenhouse gas emissions. It is considering a program that would allow travelers to pay for projects that would offset emissions. The Air Transport Association notes U.S. airlines contribute less than 2% of domestic greenhouse gas emissions. Apr 23, 2007

Engine Alliance, GE-Aviation/Pratt & Whitney, Airbus

Engine Alliance GP7200, which will power the Airbus A380, attained EASA CS-E certification, the GE-Aviation/Pratt & Whitney joint venture announced. US FAA certified it in December 2005. Joint EASA and FAA aircraft certification is expected by year end. Emirates, Air France, Korean Air and ILFC have selected the engine. Apr 26, 2007


Honeywell was selected by Boeing to provide engine nacelle anti-ice regulators on all 787s. Apr 24, 2007

Horizon Air, Bombardier

Horizon Air, launch customer for the Bombardier DHC-8-Q400, placed a firm order for an additional 15 with options on 20 of the 70-seat turboprops. The firm order contract is valued at $393 million with deliveries slated to begin in October 2008. Horizon previously placed orders with Bombardier for 46 DHC-8-Q400s, 28 DHC-8-Q200s, 21 DHC-8 Dash 8s and 20 ombardier CRJ700s. It recently acquired two used Q400s from Hainan Airlines. The new aircraft, which eventually will replace Horizon's 50-seat Q200s, will enable it to connect more cities on nonstop flights to open service to new markets, a spokesperson told this website. Thus far, 13 Q200s have been leased to CommutAir with the remainder available for remarketing, the spokesperson confirmed. Apr 24, 2007

Republic Airways Holdings

Republic Airways Holdings which operates as Shuttle America, Chautauqua Airlines and Republic Airlines, was flying 189 regional jets by the end of the quarter. Bedford said it will "moderate" its growth plan by reducing scheduled ASMs and block hours by 3%-4% between May and September. He also said the company has faced challenges integrating Bombardier CRJ200s for its new service agreement with Continental Airlines into its previously all-Embraer fleet. Additionally, "there are some mechanical challenges for CRJs that had been sitting in storage for 18 months," he said of aircraft formerly operated by Independence Air. "We could have dealt with either one but when faced with both we had to moderate the growth for the balance of the year." Apr 27, 2007

Virgin Atlantic, Boeing

Virgin Atlantic to buy up to 24 Boeing 787s. Virgin Atlantic plans to buy up to 24 Boeing 787s as part of an effort to remain competitive on Atlantic routes and to address concerns about carbon emissions, according to media reports. The purchase is worth $3.6 billion, based on list prices. Apr 24, 2007

Virgin Atlantic, Boeing, GE

Virgin Atlantic Airlines will be first to power jets with biofuels. Plans to make Virgin Airlines the first airline using biofuels were to be announced by Sir Richard Branson today. Boeing and GE are working to get a biofuel-powered jet into the air for an inaugural test flight next year. Apr 24, 2007


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