Air Canada signed contract for up to 96 Boeing 777s and 787 Dreamliners

Air Canadasigned a contract with Boeing to upgrade the airline’s fleet with up to 36 Boeing 777s and 60 Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The conclusion of the order comes six months after the airline announced a widebody fleet renewal plan, subject to a number of conditions. As with the previous agreement, announced in April, the new contract with Air Canada includes firm orders for 18 777s, plus purchase rights for 18 more, in a yet-to-be-determined mix of the 777 family’s newest models: the 777-300ER, the 777-200LR Worldliner and the newly announced 777 Freighter. Air Canada ‘s new 777 deliveries will begin Read more

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More than 100 Boeing Business Jets sold since product launch

Boeing Business Jets today has sold a program total of 102 BBJs so far, surpassing its goal to reach 100 orders before the end of the year. Since the launch of the BBJ Program in 1996, 69 customers have ordered 89 BBJs and 13 BBJ 2s. Private individuals comprise 40 percent of the BBJ customer base. About 36 percent are government heads of state, 14 percent are corporate operators and the remaining 10 percent are charter operators.

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Boeing projects $770 billion market for new airplanes in Asia-Pacific.

Boeing detailed its 2005 Current Market Outlook (CMO) for the Asia-Pacific region, forecasting a market for about 7,200 new airplanes worth $770 billion over the next 20 years. Over the forecast period, Asia-Pacific will remain the largest market outside North America for new commercial airplanes. With the continued high rate of growth for Asia-Pacific air travel and air cargo markets, Asia-Pacific’s fleet will nearly triple to about 8,600 airplanes by the end of the forecast period. Nearly 7,200 new airplanes will be needed for future growth and replacement. Single-aisle airplanes, such as the Boeing 737 will be the largest category Read more

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Third A380 performs first flight

Airbus’ third A380, MSN 2, performed its first flight on 3rd November. The flight lasted three hours and took the aircraft over Southern France. During the flight, all systems were checked out and the whole flight envelope was cleared. The tests performed were similar to those of a serial production plane. The aircraft joins the first two A380s which, together, have already performed some 440 test flight hours in over 120 flights. These three development aircraft are powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines.

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Russia's Volga-Dnepr Group orders two Boeing 747-400ER freighters

AirBridge Cargo Airline of Russia has ordered two 747-400ER freighters from Boeing. The aircrafts, with a list price value of $450 million, are scheduled for delivery in October 2007 and February 2008 and will be powered by General Electric CF6-80C2B5F engines. AirBridge Cargo currently operates two Boeing 747-200F and one Boeing 747-300. The company is considering different aircraft types to support the strategic development of its route network. AirBridge Cargo plans to operate a mixed fleet of Boeing 747 freighters on trunk routes and Russian-built Ilyushin-76, AN-12 or Tupolev 204 freighters on regional feeder flights. Looking forward AirBridge Cargo will Read more

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