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Boeing sells first 747-8 Intercontinental. Boeing has sold the first passenger version of the 747-8, according to information posted on its website late last week.The order has not been announced formally. It was recorded on May 30 and placed by an unidentified customer, which may or may not be an airline. Boeing also received orders for two 747-400Fs from an unidentified customer on May 31. The 747-8 was launched last November on the strength of firm orders for 18 747-8Fs from Cargolux and Nippon Cargo Airlines. Jun 12, 2006

Boeing, Nippon Cargo Airlines, General Electric

General Electric revealed that Nippon Cargo Airlines was the customer for two 747-400Fs. NCA selected the GE CF6-80C2 to power the aircraft, scheduled for delivery in 2008 and 2009. The deal is worth more than $80 million, GE said. NCA ordered the same powerplants for the two dash 400Fs it currently operates and the six it will take over the next two years. "NCA has increased its order to better respond to environmental concerns and business opportunities, such as the opening of the new runway at Haneda Airport and the extension of the existing runway at Narita Airport," GE said. Jun 13, 2006

Cargo Kings

Cargo Kings Fly High. Fuel costs and labor disputes have led to tremendous distress at passenger airlines in recent years, but the cargo carriers never seem to complain. Not that they necessarily should. Consider that FedEx and United Parcel Service have racked up profits of $22 billion during the past five years, compared with the passenger-airline industry's losses of $35 billion over the same period. Make no mistake, FedEx and UPS are both in the airline business. UPS likes to say it operates the "ninth-largest airline in the world," with 268 jet aircraft. FedEx has a fleet of 384 jets, which would make it the seventh-largest in that regard. In recent years, package shippers have proven far more capable of benefiting from their assets than passenger carriers. Perhaps the biggest difference in operating environments was demonstrated last week when UPS raised its air-delivery fuel surcharge to 16% from 12.5%. In fact, the company adjusts its fuel surcharge monthly, and FedEx has a similar program. Market dominance gives the two carriers the ability to pass on cost increases. Jun 15, 2006

China Airlines

China Airlines will launch a twice-weekly cargo...

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