Turkmenistan’s national flag carrier Turkmenistan Airlines has ordered three Boeing 737-700s, which the manufacturer values at approximately $192 million at list prices.

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Following the discovery that 82 Southwest Airlines Boeing 737s have been flying with unapproved parts, the Federal Aviation Administration has given the airline until Christmas to replace the parts on up to 50 of the aircraft.

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The Boeing Company says it now expects the first flight of the 787 Dreamliner to take place by the end of 2009 and the first delivery of a 787 to a customer (All Nippon Airways) to occur in the fourth quarter of 2010.

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KLM’s new SkyTeam-liveried Boeing 777-300ER is the first aircraft to be painted using chrome-free paint as part of an evaluation by Boeing to reduce the environmental impact of the aircraft-painting process.

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Canadian low-cost airline WestJet has deferred delivery of 16 new Boeing 737NGs and agreed to order an additional 14 in order to smooth out its delivery schedule and help give the airline a more flexible fleet plan for the years through 2016.

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EgyptAir has converted a previous order for two Boeing 777s into an order for an additional eight Next-Generation 737-800s, taking its total acquisition of the type to 20.

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Dubai-based Emirates Airline has become the world’s largest operator of the Boeing 777 with the delivery of its 78th 777-family aircraft.

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Ethiopian Airlines has signed two aircraft deals that together represent the biggest order in its history, and in the process the carrier has become an Airbus customer for the first time.

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Turkish Airlines has ordered seven more Boeing 777-300ERs, bringing its total order for the type to 12 aircraft. The airline also operates leased 777-300ERs.

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Singapore Airlines has launched an aircraft cabin retrofit program that will see new interior elements introduced in all three cabins of some of its Boeing 777s.

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Air Canada has taken delivery of a new Boeing 777-300ER sporting a specially designed livery, in recognition of the carrier’s role as Official Airline of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

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Continental Airlines has taken delivery of a new Boeing 737-900ER painted in a retro livery to commemorate the airline’s 75th anniversary on July 15.

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