The milestone Boeing 737-800 containing the 500th 737 Boeing Sky Interior was delivered to Newport Beach, California-based leasing company Aviation Capital Group. Panama-based Copa Airlines will lease and operate the new aircraft.

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Boeing values the aircraft order at more than $5 billion at current list prices and says it is the largest in Alaska Airlines’ history.

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GE Capital Aviation Services, the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of General Electric, has finalized a firm order for 75 Boeing 737 MAX 8s and 10 Boeing 737-800s. The order also provides purchase rights for up to 15 additional 737-800s.

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Boeing values the order, first announced as a commitment at the Farnborough Airshow in July, at $2.4 billion at current list prices.

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The Boeing 737-800 was due to arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport – Malaysia’s main international gateway – on August 8.

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Xiamen Airlines has agreed to order 40 more Boeing 737-800s, the carrier planning to use the aircraft to launch more international routes to meet growing passenger traffic in the Asia-Pacific region and China.

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SilkAir has signed a letter of intent to purchase up to 68 new Boeing 737s from the manufacturer. Its 737 order will comprise firm orders for 54 aircraft and purchase rights for another 14. The carrier will place firm orders for 23 Boeing 737-800s and 31 Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets.

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United Continental Holdings, Inc. has placed a firm order for 100 Boeing 737 MAX 9s and 50 Boeing 737-900ERs. The order by United Airlines takes total 737-family orders past the 10,000-aircraft mark, the first time any transport-jet aircraft has ever achieved this milestone.

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Boeing has announced at the Farnborough International Airshow a commitment by GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of General Electric, to purchase 75 737 MAX 8s and 25 737-800s. The manufacturer says it looks forward to working with GECAS to finalize the details... Read more

With this order, Virgin Australia becomes the first Australian airline to order the new Boeing 737 MAX, while adding to its existing fleet of 68 Boeing 737NG aircraft.

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According to WestJet, the milestone flight was flight number WS612 from Calgary to Toronto on May 29, which was scheduled to depart Calgary International Airport at 12:10 p.m. MDT and arrive at Toronto Pearson International Airport at 5:52 p.m. EDT.

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Together with subsidiary AirTran Airways, Inc., Southwest Airlines has reached a tentative agreement with Delta Air Lines, Inc. and Boeing Capital Corp. to sublease all 88 of AirTran’s Boeing 717 jets to Delta.

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Delta plans to launch new or expanded service to 10 destinations in the Caribbean, Bermuda and Florida from New York LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport, continuing its program of service expansion in New York. The new flights will begin in late 2012 and early 2013.

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AeroMexico will begin its Mexico City-San Salvador service on May 7 and its Mexico City-Washington Dulles flight on May 21.

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Boeing executives and more than 500 employees, suppliers, union representatives and government officials joined China Southern Airlines to celebrate the unveiling of the 4,000th Next-Generation 737 at a special event on April 13 at Boeing Field in Seattle.

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Since the first 737 Boeing Sky Interior was delivered in October 2010, 65 airlines and leasing companies have ordered the new interior, according to Boeing.

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AeroSvit Ukrainian Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737-800 jetliner. The Ukrainian carrier has a total of seven Boeing 737-800 jets and four 737-900ERs on order from Boeing.

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Lion Air has finalized a firm order for 201 Boeing 737 MAX 9s and 29 Boeing 737-900ERs, making the Indonesian carrier the launch customer for the 737 MAX 9. The agreement, first announced last November in Indonesia, also includes purchase rights for an additional 150 aircraft.

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Boeing has successfully achieved a production rate of 35 aircraft a month for the Next-Generation 737 family, with the delivery of the first 737 produced at the new rate to leasing company AWAS Aviation Services, Inc. on January 10.

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