By June 20 at the 2013 Paris Air Show, Boeing has won orders and commitments for 442 commercial aircraft in transactions which the manufacturer values at more than $66 billion at list prices.

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Boeing values the deal at approximately $3.6 billion at current list prices. Korean Air is the only airline in the world to order both the passenger and freighter variations of the Boeing 747-8.

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According to Boeing, the two aircraft on firm order give Qatar Airways a Boeing 777 firm-order backlog of nine aircraft. When the airline signs a firm order for the additional seven 777-300ERs to which it committed on June 17 at the Paris Air Show 2013, the backlog will rise to 16 777s, increasing Qatar Airways’ 777 fleet eventually to 51 aircraft.

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Emirates is introducing the Airbus A380 superjumbo on its service between Dubai and Los Angeles on December 2, replacing the Boeing 777-300ER which the carrier currently uses for the service.

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Once the flying public regains confidence in the 787, ANA’s embrace of the new-generation aircraft may come to be seen as a smart move. It’s a very beautiful, comfortable plane.

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Etihad Airways will bring greater capacity to its daily flights between Abu Dhabi and New York JFK from June 1 by replacing an Airbus A340-500 on the route with a Wi-Fi-enabled Boeing 777-300ER. The three-class Boeing 777-300ER will offer a total of 328 seats daily, a 36.6 per cent increase in capacity compared with the A340-500.

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The new route, which will represent the airline’s only transatlantic service, will provide an important connection between the U.S. and Europe and will allow Emirates to capitalize on the significant traffic flow between these cities, according to the airline.

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Lufthansa Group’s supervisory board has approved orders for 100 Airbus A320-family aircraft and two A380s, as well as six Boeing 777-300ERs – the Boeing widebodies being destined for Lufthansa Group subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines.

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Boeing has confirmed that Air China has agreed to order two more Boeing 747-8 Intercontinentals, one additional 777-300ER and 20 737-800s. In addition, Air China Cargo, a subsidiary of Air China, has agreed to buy eight Boeing 777 Freighters.

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Los Angeles-based Air Lease Corporation has ordered 10 more Boeing 777-300ERs. At current list prices, Boeing values the order at $3.2 billion. The leasing company had placed an earlier order for five 777-300ERs.

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The five Boeing 777-300ER jets – due for delivery in June, August, November and December of this year, with the last coming in February 2014 – will be the first aircraft configured with Air Canada’s new Premium Economy cabin.

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Air China is increasing service frequency on its non-stop New York JFK-Beijing service from 7 to 11 round-trips a week on March 31. At the same time, Air China is switching to Boeing 777-300ERs to operate the route, from Boeing 747-400s.

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Pending U.S. government approval, Air China will launch four-times-weekly service between Beijing and Houston on July 11. The new service will see Houston become the first gateway in Texas and the South Central Region of the United States with a direct connection to China.

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Boeing achieved a net total of orders for 1,203 commercial aircraft in 2012, the second-largest annual number in the company’s history. The manufacturer also delivered 601 commercial jets, the most since 1999.

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Taiwan’s China Airlines has ordered six Boeing 777-300ERs, in a deal which Boeing values at approximately $2 billion at list prices. The carrier also will lease four Boeing 777-300ERs from GE Capital Aviation Services.

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American Airlines is the first U.S. carrier to order and take delivery of the Boeing 777-300ER. To date, American has ordered 13 of the type. American’s first Boeing 777-300ER was delivered on December 11 without the traditional American Airlines livery.

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Turkish Airlines has finalized a firm order for 15 Boeing 777-300ERs, valued by Boeing at $4.7 billion at list prices. The deal also includes options for five additional Boeing 777-300ERs and is the largest order by value in Turkish Airlines’ history.

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At a ceremony held on October 30 at Boeing’s plant at Everett near Seattle, Air China took delivery of the new, specially painted Boeing 777-300ER, which is the 10th of 19 777-300ERs Air China has ordered.

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