Boeing and Ariana Team Up for Airline's Renewal

Ariana Afghan Airlines and Boeing have finalized a fleet renewal plan that includes the lease of two 757-200s from Boeing Capital Corporation, as well as the direct purchase of four Next-Generation 737-700 airplanes that the airline will receive beginning in 2009. The agreement also includes an advanced training package for Ariana’s flight and cabin crews and maintenance and engineering staff to begin training for the 757-200s, that will be delivered later this month. Ariana currently owns three Airbus A300/B4, four Boeing 727-200 Advance Series, and one Antonov 24.

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Lufthansa Technik to supply cockpit systems for Airbus freighter

Lufthansa Technik will continue to provide engineering services for cockpit systems to be installed in FedEx cargo aircraft conversions during the next three years. The American company has the world’s biggest fleet of cargo aircraft and the work will be undertaken by EADS Elbe Flugzeugwerke of Dresden. After delivery of its 100th Airbus, an agreement was signed for the standardization, technical upgrades and certification, of uniform modern cockpit systems for additional Airbus A300 and A310 cargo aircraft, in conjunction with Lufthansa Technik engineers.

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AirTran Airways Reports Record October 2005 Traffic

AirTran Airways reported record traffic for the month of October 2005. Revenue passenger miles, available seat miles, load factor and enplaned passengers all represent records for the month of October. AirTran Airways’ traffic, measured by revenue passenger miles (RPMs), grew by 35.2%, to more than 968 million RPMs, on an increase of 25.4% in capacity, based on available seat miles (ASMs). October’s load factor increased to 73.1%, compared to 67.8% in October 2004.

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Southwest Airlines flew 5.1 billion revenue passenger miles in October

Southwest Airlines Co. announced that the Company flew 5.1 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in October 2005, compared to 4.5 billion RPMs flown in October 2004. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 8.2 percent to 7.3 billion from the October 2004 level of 6.8 billion. The load factor for the month was 70.4 percent, compared to 66.6 percent for October 2004. For the ten months ended October 31, 2005, Southwest flew 50.2 billion RPMs, compared to 44.8 billion RPMs for the same period in 2004. Available seat miles increased 11.6 percent to 70.7 billion from the 2004 level of 63.4 billion. Read more

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Air Canada will re-engage Boeing for 777 and 787 purchase

Air Canada announced that it will re-engage Boeing to conclude an agreement on the acquisition of Boeing 777 and 787 aircraft. The airline received a binding arbitration decision resolving the matter of pilot costs and other issues relating to the airline’s acquisition the new aircrafts. The airline canceled in June 2005 an order of up to 50 Boeing 777 and 787 due to the pilot

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CIT places $400 million order for IAE's V250

CIT Group Inc has selected the IAE V2500 to power up to 24 Airbus A320 family aircraft. The order is made up of 12 firm and 12 options and, if all the options are realized, the deal will be worth more than $400 million. CIT already has 33 V2500-powered aircraft in service with a further 10 on firm order.

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UAL reports $1.8 billion loss in thrid quarter 2005

UAL reported third-quarter operating earnings of $165 million, $245 million better than the same quarter last year, despite higher fuel prices for the mainline and regional affiliates negatively impacting fuel xpense by $405 million year-over-year. UAL reported a net loss of $1.8 billion, or a loss per basic share of $15.26, which includes $1.8 billion in reorganization items. The company believes the best indicator of United

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