Boeing to set new world record for distance with 777-200LR Worldliner flight

Boeing is set to make aviation history on November 9, 2005 when a Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner takes off from Hong Kong flying eastbound to London, attempting to set a world distance record. The 777-200LR (Longer Range) will take off with a full load of fuel and 35 passengers and crew, flying nonstop on a route that is likely to exceed a distance of more than halfway around the world.

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Boeing received orders for 679 aircraft in the first ten months of 2006

Boeing logged orders for 36 aircrafts in October 2005. Total orders for the year account now for 679 aircrafts compared to 197 aircraft orders received in the first 10 months of 2004. Boeing delivered 23 aircrafts in October, mainly NG737s. Boeing has an order backlog of 1,509 aircraft by the end of October.

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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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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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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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