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Big news on the European aerospace front last week as DaimlerChyrsler Aerospace and Aerospatiale Matra announce plans to merge. Is this the impetus for a unified Europe - and a unified Airbus?
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Boeing and Sukhoi Consider SBJ Alliance
The two manufacturers appear to be negotiating an alliance to develop a supersonic business jet, according to the AWN Moscow-based correspondent.

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arrow British Airways Picks A318 Over Boeing 717 For Narrowbody Purchase
Just last week analysts favored Boeing in the BA contest, but rival Airbus wins the narrowbody contest once again. But some are asking: at how much of a loss?

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arrow Frontier to Buy 20 Airbus Aircraft
In the second Airbus victory over Boeing last week on the commercial aircraft front, Frontier Airlines will buy 20 new Airbus narrowbodies to replace its 737s.

arrow Cathay Pacific Orders 747Fs
The 30-year Boeing customer will add to its cargo transport fleet.

AWN Coverage of the NBAA 52nd Annual Meeting & Convention in Atlanta
arrow Boeing Launches Bigger BBJ 2
Not only did Boeing bring its first BBJ to the NBAA convention this year, it launched a larger derivative to broaden customer appeal.

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arrow NBAA Wrap Up
The last NBAA show of the century was as enthusiastic as ever. The focus this year was the health and growth of the business aviation market, combined with a renewed emphasis on safety and regulatory issues.

arrow Bombardier's FlexJet 'Not Afraid' to Promote Whole Ownership
An update on Bombardier's activities at NBAA, along with a closer look at its FlexJet fractional ownership program. FlexJet takes an interesting approach to relationships with traditional flight departments.

arrow Dassault to Split Business and Fighter Companies
The bizjet and fighter jet units will operate as separate companies, although legally they will still be part of Dassault Aviation. AWN talks to chairman Serge Dassault and learns his plans for the future.

arrow Bombardier BizJet Program Updates
A plane-by-plane update on Bombardier's business aircraft from NBAA.

arrow Airbus: No ACJ 2 on the Horizon
Airbus gives the latest customer count for its corporate jetliner, but has no plans to launch a larger derivative of the ACJ.

arrow Cessna Update At NBAA
In contrast to last year's NBAA show appearance, the company had no major announcements to report but did note progress in several key areas, most notably in four new aircraft that were announced at last year's show.

arrow VisionAire Seeks $150 Million For Better Vantage
Despite challenges in design and fundraising, Visionaire chairman Jim Rice continues his dream to bring a new, single-engine business jet to the market.

arrow Lufthansa Technik Wins DASA Award
The company that provides completion work on both the BBJ and ACJ pens an agreement with DASA at the NBAA.

arrow Raytheon Aircraft Services Expands to Mexico
Raytheon broadens is services business to Mexico with an agreement with the country's first business jet services company.

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Gulfstream Sees Supersonic Bizjet in 10 Years

Gulfstream Aerospace revealed at the NBAA convention in Atlanta last week that it could bring its supersonic business jet to the market in about 10 years' time. Gulfstream and partner Lockheed SkunkWorks are continuing to study the SBJ, whose main challenge is boom suppression technology. Gulfstream plans to complete the first phase of development in five years when a technology demonstrator, possibly a prototype, will be ready, said president Bill Boisture. From there, it will take five more years to bring the SBJ to market. "We're in this game for the long haul, to conquer the time barrier," Boisture said.

Bombardier SST?

Bombardier Aerospace executive vice president of engineering and product development John Holding says the company is not looking at a supersonic business jet. The amount of capital required and the technical problems are "tremendous," he says, although they were quite interested in what Dassault Falcon Jet had discovered on the SST development. For now, Bombardier will stick with its current line of subsonic bizjets. "We have enough on our plate now," says Holding.

NBAA Gift Planned

NBAA President Jack Olcott announced that the Association has pledged to raise a minimum of $1 million toward the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's planned Dulles Center. International Lease Finance Corp president Steven Udvar-Hazy earlier this month donated $60 million toward the $170 million in costs needed to fund the center.

Last 737 Classic in Production

Boeing marked the completion of its last class 737 fuselage with a ceremony attended by employees and retirees who worked on the program during the last 34 years. The ceremony was held at the Boeing Wichita facility, where work on the 737 program has taken place since 1965. The fuselage will be sent by rail to the company's Renton, Washington, facility for final assembly. Designed to replace the Boeing 727, the first 737-100 was delivered to Lufthansa on December 28, 1967. The last fuselage will be for a 737-400 that will deliver to Czech Airways in February 2000.

Aero Lloyd Repeats A320 Order

Aero Lloyd, the German holiday carrier, placed a repeat order with Airbus for one additional A320 and two A321s. The order brings to 19 the number of A320 family aircraft ordered by Aero Lloyd, which already operates 11 Airbus narrowbodies - seven A320s and four A321s. The newly ordered aircraft will be delivered in 2001. The planes will operate between German and Austrian cities, and holiday destinations in Southern Europe, the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands and the Near East. The purchase completes a fleet rollover plan to replace older-generation Boeing MD-80s earlier than originally planned.

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