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Air Lease Corporation Announces Further Acquisitions and Lease Placements for Boeing 737 Aircraft. Air Lease Corporation (ALC) announced continuing lease placements and acquisitions of 12 additional Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. OThese lease placements and acquisitions are important steps in achieving our balanced fleet growth plan. ALC will continue to build the depth and global diversity of our 737-700/800 customer base,O said John L. Plueger, President and Chief Operating Officer of ALC. ALC and XL Airways Germany signed a long term lease for ALCOs Boeing 737-800 (MSN 32920), currently on lease to Air Berlin, for delivery in March 2012. In addition, ALC has acquired the following 11 aircraft: Two Boeing 737-800s (MSNs 34003 and 34004) leased to Continental Airlines. Two Boeing 737-800s (MSNs 36845 and 35228) leased to Skymark Airlines (Japan). Two Boeing 737-700s (MSNs 34401 and 34402) leased to Ethiopian Airlines. One Boeing 737-800 (MSN 29669) leased to Travel Service, A.S. (Czech Republic). One Boeing 737-800 (MSN 34253) leased to Xiamen Airlines. One Boeing 737-800 (MSN 34254) leased to Shanghai Airlines. One Boeing 737-800 (MSN 36529) leased to Sun Express (Turkey). One Boeing 737-800 (MSN 30292) leased to Sunwing (Canada). Aug 22, 2011

ANA sets first 787 routes. ANA Group announced its first Boeing 787 regular domestic service will be routes from Tokyo Haneda to Okayama and Hiroshima, both beginning Nov. 1. It will also operate a special charter flight between Tokyo Narita and Hong Kong Oct. 26-27. The 787 will be used on the HND-Beijing route from December, and will be the aircraftOs first regular international service. Regular domestic flights are expected to begin by the end of FY2011 from HND to Itami, Yamaguchi Ube and Matsuyama. The carrier will launch of Chubu-HKG service Oct. 30, suspend daily NGO-Shanghai service Oct. 30 and will decrease daily NRT service to Shenyang and Chengdu to thrice-weekly and four-times-weekly, respectively, Oct. 30-Jan. 18, 2012. On NRT service to Xiamen and Guangzhou, it will replace the 737-700s with 767-300ERs Oct. 30. It will also launch twice-daily Osaka Itami-Akita service Dec. 16, daily Matsuyama-Okinawa service Oct. 30, and will resume daily Chitose-Monbetsu service Oct. 30. Also on Oct. 30 it will increase HND service to CTS (16-times-daily to 17/18-times-daily), AXT (four-times-daily to five) and Tokushima (thrice-daily to four), as well as NRT-Fukuoka (twice-daily to three), ITM-Oita (twice-daily to three) and HIJ-OKA (daily to twice-daily). Aug 25, 2011

All Nippon Airways will commence regular service with its Boeing 787 on 1 November, with daily services between Tokyo's Haneda airport and the cities of Okayama and Hiroshima. And the carrier will begin international operations with the twinjet from December on the Haneda-Beijing route, it said. The aircraft will likely operate once a week on this route. In January 2012, the 787 will be used on a three-times-weekly service on a new route for ANA, between Haneda and Frankfurt. The world's first passenger flight of the new aircraft will be a special charter flight between Tokyo Narita and Hong Kong on 26 and 27 October. Aug 23, 2011

American makes strategic moves but struggles with profitability. American Airlines touted its order for hundreds of planes from Airbus and Boeing on the same day it posted a loss of $286 million. Although the carrier is making long-term strategic moves, analysts continue to question its profitability potential. Aug 26, 2011

American Airlines to Launch Nonstop Service Between John F. Kennedy International Airport In New York and V.C. Bird International Airport In Antigua. American Airlines today announced it will launch service between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and V. C. Bird International Airport in Antigua (ANU), four times a week beginning Nov. 17. The new service will be operated by a Boeing 737 aircraft with 148 seats. American Airlines currently serves Antigua with one daily flight between Antigua and Miami. American Eagle operates one daily flight between Antigua and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Aug 25, 2011

Boeing Strengthens Global Customer Focus with Leadership Moves. The Boeing Company today announced a series of executive leadership changes designed to strengthen customer-facing organizations globally. Marlin Dailey, vice president of Sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, is named president of Boeing Germany, Northern Europe/EU and Africa, reporting to Shep Hill, president, Boeing International. "Marlin Dailey's long-time international experience working in London and Brussels from where he led European Sales for six years, as well as his background working global markets, brings unique customer, stakeholder and industry knowledge to this key role," said Hill. "During the last three years he has led the Commercial Airplanes Sales & Marketing organization through a number of industry challenges while growing a large and diverse backlog of airplane orders." Jim Albaugh, president and chief executive officer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes has named Ray Conner to the new position of senior vice president of Sales and Customer Support. In this role, Conner assumes responsibility for leading Sales, Marketing and Commercial Aviation Services. Conner was vice president and general manager, Supply Chain Management and Operations. Lou Mancini will continue to lead Commercial Aviation Services, reporting to Conner. "Providing world-class, industry-leading performance in support of our customers is paramount," said Albaugh. "Combining our sales and customer support functions under Ray Conner's leadership will better serve our customers in managing all requirements, from airplane acquisition to lifecycle needs. Ray's knowledge of customer needs is broad and deep, and he also understands the production system requirements to meet our customer commitments." Conner, a 34-year veteran of Commercial Airplanes, has extensive customer experience. Prior to his last assignment, he was vice president for Sales where he was responsible for the sale of commercial airplanes to airlines and leasing customers around the world Stan Deal was named to succeed Conner as vice president and general manager, Supply Chain Management and Operations. Most recently, Deal was vice president and general manager of the Commercial Airplanes Supplier Management organization. Prior to that Deal was vice president of Asia-Pacific Sales. It was also announced that Boeing South Carolina vice president and general manager Jack Jones will now report to Albaugh. Jones had previously reported to Conner. This move reflects the strategic importance of the Charleston facility and will provide closer linkage to all of Commercial Airplanes. Lianne Stein, vice president of Boeing International and president of Boeing Germany, is appointed vice president of Global Corporate Citizenship, reporting to Rick Stephens, senior vice president of Human Resources and Administration. Stein succeeds Anne Roosevelt, who will retire August 31. "I thank Anne on behalf of the company for her many contributions. Under her leadership, Boeing charitable grants, employee giving and volunteerism, disaster relief and other resources have addressed important social, cultural and environmental needs in communities around the globe," said Stephens. "Lianne will continue these efforts to build Boeing's employee and corporate citizenship organization into a more strategic, focused and effective global network. Having led corporate citizenship programs in Germany for the past five years, Lianne brings a unique perspective and insight to the role." Antonio De Palmas, president of Boeing European Union and NATO relations will continue the important role of representing Boeing with EU and NATO stakeholders and will report to Dailey Aug 26, 2011

Boeing's Albaugh warns of intellectual disarmament . In an address to the National Aeronautics Association July 13, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes Jim Albaugh warned the nation risked "intellectual disarmament" in the aerospace sector if industry firms could not continue to attract engineering talent. Aug 25, 2011

Boeing will unwind 787-related inventory built up during delays. Boeing built up inventory related to the 787 Dreamliner worth about $16.2 billion during the three years of delays working on the composite-plastic airliner. The aircraft manufacturer expects to spend most of next year unwinding that inventory. Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Administration is expected to approve the 787, and its first delivery is scheduled for next month. Aug 24, 2011

Boeing will turn profit on 787s after first 1,000, report says. A recent report by Bernstein Research says Boeing will not make a profit on its new 787 Dreamliners until after the first 1,000 planes. The report says the 787 will drag on the overall profit of Boeing Commercial Airplanes for several years "with the potential to significantly dilute otherwise attractive margins on the company's current production programs (737, 777)." Aug 23, 2011

Boeing's mini-sub drone could be used for national defense. Boeing is testing an 18-foot submarine drone off the coast of Santa Catalina Island in California. The mini-sub drone could be used by the military for national defense purposes or to detect environmental hazards. "We're at the point that we can take this show on the road," said Mark Kosko, program director for Boeing's Unmanned Underwater Systems division. "This is a technology that can now move beyond the test role into a more meaningful role." Aug 22, 2011

Aerospace and defense industry will add jobs, study finds. While Boeing is hiring thousands of workers for an assembly line in North Charleston, S.C., NASA has let go thousands of contract workers in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The diverging fortunes of North Charleston and Cape Canaveral...

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