Boeing delivered Garuda Indonesia’s 75th Boeing jet, a Next-Generation 737-800 fitted with Blended Winglets, on April 18.

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Cebu Pacific Air of the Philippines has placed a firm order for seven more Airbus A320s, increasing its A320 order backlog to 22.

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Hong Kong Airlines has finalized a firm order with Airbus for six A330-200s, firming up a memorandum of understanding announced during the Singapore Airshow earlier this year.

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LAN Airlines has signed an agreement with Boeing to accelerate the delivery of 10 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners and will now become the first airline in the western hemisphere to take delivery of the new airliner type.

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Boeing has completed initial airworthiness testing on the 747-8 Freighter, a milestone that enables test engineers to be on board during future flights and allows the remaining two 747-8 Freighter test aircraft to begin flight tests.

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United Airlines has become the 33rd customer for the Airbus A350XWB by signing a firm order for 25 A350-900s, formalizing a commitment originally announced in December 2009.

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EgyptAir has taken delivery of the first of six Boeing 777-300ER commercial jetliners to join the airline’s fleet.

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Emerging new aircraft types such as Cruise-Efficient Short Take-Off and Landing transport aircraft potentially could have a strong positive effect on the efficiency and capacity of the U.S. Next Generation Air Transportation System, according to research recently completed by Sensis Corporation and its project team.

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With an eye on accelerating its plan to expand service in Asia and other markets, Hawaiian Airlines has ordered an additional Airbus A330-200 for delivery in the second quarter of 2011.

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Turkish Airlines has finalized an order for 10 Boeing 737-800s and 10 737-900ER (Extended Range) aircraft, in a deal Boeing values at $1.6 billion at current list prices.

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Leisure travel specialist Allegiant Travel Company has signed a forward purchase agreement to acquire six Boeing 757-200s now in service with an unnamed European airline, for operation by subsidiary Allegiant Air on new routes to Hawaii.

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Dushanbe, Tajikistan-based Somon Air has ordered two Boeing 737-900ERs (Extended Range). Boeing values the order at $163 million at list prices.

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United Airlines has finalized an order for 25 Boeing 787-8s, the deal also including purchase rights another 50 Dreamliners.

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A third Boeing 787 has joined the Dreamliner flight-test program. ZA004, the fourth flight-test aircraft to be built, took off at 11:43 a.m. local time on February 24 from Paine Field in Everett, Washington for a successful first flight that lasted more than 3 hours.

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Finnair is operating its last scheduled passenger flight with a McDonnell Douglas/Boeing MD-11 three-engined widebody on Monday, February 22. Finnair was the first airline to operate the MD-11, on December 20, 1990.

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ExpressJet Holdings’ final agreement with United Airlines for ExpressJet Airlines to operate Embraer ERJ-145 regional jets on United Express service has added 10 aircraft to the 22 ERJ-145s that United originally agreed with ExpressJet on November 16, 2009.

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AirTran Airways has celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Little Debbie brand of snack cupcakes (well known in the United States) by creating a special external logo for one of the airline’s Boeing 717s.

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JetBlue Airways is celebrating its 10th anniversary of operations with a specially painted Airbus A320, featuring a unique 10-themed livery to signify the carrier’s entry into its second decade.

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Delta Air Lines says it will invest $1 billion, or about $300 million per year, through mid-2013 to improve customer experience in the air and on the ground ― and also to improve the fuel efficiency of more than 170 aircraft in its fleet.

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