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AeroLogic, the joint cargo venture between Lufthansa and DHL Express, added two Boeing 777-200Fs in December, doubling its fleet to four of the type. It will launch weekend service from Frankfurt to both Atlanta and Chicago O'Hare during the current winter schedule, as well as daily Leipzig-Hong Kong service (nonstop four-times-weekly). It plans to take delivery of additional 777Fs in June, July, September and December. "Demand for Europe to Asia and Europe to US remains stable, despite the weakened world economy, and is expected to increase in the mid-term," AeroLogic said. Jan 18, 2010

AeroMexico has ordered a total of five Boeing 787 planes to be used on long-distance flights. AeroMexico expects to receive its first Boeing 787 within the next two years. The Boeing 787 will use 20 percent less fuel while offering 45 percent more baggage storage capacity. Passengers will also benefit from a number of innovative interior services including purer air, larger windows, greater carry-on storage space. For more information, visit Jan 14, 2010

Aeronautical Engineers Inc. of Miami was selected by Cargo Air, a Bulgarian charter carrier, to perform a 737-300SF passenger-to-freighter conversion. Aircraft was built in 1987 and is scheduled for redelivery in April. It is the second -300SF AEI has converted for Cargo Air. Jan 12, 2010

Having already fallen behind schedule by two years, Boeing lost the only remaining orders for the 787-3 Dreamliner jet. All Nippon Airways was the sole airliner to have placed an order for the short range version of the Dreamliner. The company opted to replace an order 28 short range 787-3s with an order for the standard longer-range 787-8. After its competitor Japan Airlines changed its order of 13 787-3's to the standard Dreamliner model, ANA was the only remaining airline to have placed an order for the short range model. Short range, wide body jets are popular in Asian, usually carrying passengers on domestic routes on planes with only one or two passenger classes. However, the delays and uncertainty about delivery dates has caused concerns for the airlines who switched to the standard Dreamliner in order to receive earlier delivery. Randy Tinseth, the vice president of marketing for Boeing's commercial airplanes unit, confirmed this on his company blog when he wrote: "Simply put, getting aircraft into [ANA's] hands for earlier delivery was a better solution for them." He went on to say that Boeing would be taking another look at the "market viability" of the 787-3. Jan 11, 2010

Ameco Beijing, a joint venture between Air China and Lufthansa, has won engine overhaul work from Air Finland and Kazakhstan's Air Astana. The two long-term contracts are for overhaul work on the Rolls-Royce RB211 engines, which are used to power Air Finland and Air Astana's fleet of Boeing 757s, says the Beijing-based maintenance, repair and overhaul firm. Two engines from Air Finland are already in Ameco Beijing's workshop, and the first of Air Astana's engines are due to come in February, it says. Air Finland has two 757s and Air Astana has four 757s. according to Flight's ACAS database, Jan 15, 2010

Ameco Beijing announced the start of a C check on a LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 767-300, its first airframe overhaul for the carrier. Jan 12, 2010

BAE Systems secured an agreement from Condor Airlines to remarket 13 Boeing 757-300s for a sale/leaseback transaction with a financial institution or lessor. All aircraft will remain in operation with the German carrier. Jan 21, 2010

The Jumbo Jet era began 40 years ago today, when Pan Am put its first Boeing 747-100 into service on 22 January 1970 between New York and London. The anniversary, which is being celebrated by a special package of narrative, images, graphics and interviews, marks not only the arrival of the 747 but also a significant milestone in history. For Boeing's Jumbo ushered in the era of truly large airliners - it was the world's first widebody - and a new generation of powerplants: the "big-fan" jet engines. Over the next 20 years, Boeing's development of 747's payload/range capabilities would also go on to open up new non-stop routes across the world. That inaugural Pan Am flight, which was actually due to be operated on 21 January 1970, was postponed due to technical problems when the original aircraft allocated to flight PA2, "Clipper Young America" (N735PA), suffered engine problems and had to return to the gate. "Clipper Victor" (N736PA) stepped in and finally left Kennedy at 01:52 on 22 January, arriving at Heathrow at 14:02. Jan 22, 2010

Boeing delivered its fourth and final KC-767 aerial refueling tanker to Japan on 8 December, the company announced on 12 January. Boeing's partner on the tanker program, Itochu Corp, delivered the tanker to the Japanese...

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