Boeing officially launches Boeing 747-8 program

Boeing officially launched the new Boeing 747-8 program, which includes the 747-8 Intercontinental passenger airplane and the 747-8 Freighter airplane. Cargolux, based in Luxembourg, has ordered 10 747-8 Freighters and will take delivery of the first 747-8F in third-quarter 2009. It also holds purchase rights for 10 additional airplanes. Cargolux currently operates an all-Boeing fleet of 13 747-400 freighters. Nippon Cargo Airlines, based in Japan, has ordered eight 747-8 Freighters and will receive its first airplane in fourth-quarter 2009. The airline also acquired options for six additional airplanes. Nippon Cargo currently operates 13 747 freighters and has six more 747-400Fs Read more

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Kenya Airways signs for fourth Boeing 777-200ER; Leases 767-300ER

Boeing and Kenya Airways announced planned additions to the airline’s fleet with an order for its fourth 777-200ER and an option for a fifth, as well as plans to lease its sixth 767-300ER in 2006. The 777 ordered is scheduled for delivery in 2007. Kenya Airways currently operates a 21-plane fleet, which includes Boeing 737s, 767s and 777s. The airline also recently announced a lease agreement with Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprises for three 737-800s to be delivered in 2006.

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Boeing and Industry Partners prove quiet technologies for commercial jets

A three-week flight-test program recently completed by The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and its industry partners has confirmed the effectiveness of several significant airplane noise-reduction technologies that will enable airplanes to be even quieter than they are today. Known as the Quiet Technology Demonstrator 2 (QTD2), the research and development program is a cooperative commercial aircraft industry project among The Boeing Company, the General Electric Company, Goodrich Corporation and NASA. ANA (All Nippon Airways) of Japan provided one of its new 777 airplanes for the flight-test activities. The flight-test program provided the opportunity for each company to validate key technologies Read more

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Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) has won its first US-based client

Airbus has won its first US-based client with the conclusion of a firm contract with a Florida-based customer for one Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ). The Airbus ACJ powered by CFM International CFM56-5 engines is the most modern design, cost effective and reliable of any top-of the line jetliner. Its includes standard features such as: fuel-saving wingtip-fences, fly-by-wire controls and category 3B autoland capability. More than 50 Airbus ACJ Family aircraft have been ordered by customers in Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America and the Middle East.

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Rolls-Royce forecasts $61 billion engine market over next 20 years

Rolls-Royce is predicting continued growth in business jet deliveries through the remainder of the decade and forecasts an engine market worth $61 billion over the next 20 years, with medium to long-range jets dominating in terms of aircraft and engine value.While North America is expected to remain the largest market for business jet deliveries in the next 20 years, China, India and Russia are expected to witness a large increase in activity. The forecast for these countries, based on the key drivers of economic activity, infrastructure growth and market liberalization, predicts that 500-700 business jets would be delivered over the Read more

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Boeing 777-200ER sets new world record for distance

Boeing established a new world record for distance traveled nonstop by a commercial airplane when a Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner landed at London Heathrow Airport today. The 777-200LR (Longer Range) flew 11,664 nautical miles (21,601 km) during its 22-hour 42-minute flight that left Hong Kong flying eastbound the evening of Nov. 9. The distance set by the 777-200LR is farther than any previous commercial jetliner has flown and exceeds a distance of more than halfway around the world.

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