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The National Post of Canada reports that Bombardier has taken out trademarks for the CS500 and CS900, which might suggest a 150-seat and a 190-seat version of the CSeries could be in the hopper.

Bombardier says it is merely taking out trademarks as a routine matter of legal action. Here is the story.

Boeing today confirmed another long-expected delay of the 747-8, to mid-2011, but aerospace analysts think yet another 3-6 months might be coming.

A fifth 747-8 will be added to the flight test program, and customers tell us Boeing is preparing to find and provide interim lift in the form of 747-400Fs to help them through the delays, which are now around two years.
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In news just announced via Reuters, Italy is to get its first two Boeing 767 tankers this year.  The remaining two will be modified and be delivered later – no date has been announced.

This delivery comes some five years late.  The announcement of this news comes at an important time for Boeing.  The company is going to have a tough battle with EADS for the USAF tanker contest.  EADS has not had an easy run with its own tanker – its delivery to the RAAF is also running late. Continue reading

There are few routes that overlap and lots of reasons for this deal to go through.  The fleet question (717)  is one that has a lot of people asking questions.  In our request for some color from Southwest we got the following “Once approved, the fleet will be fully Southwest’s with our aircraft in seating arrangement, seat pitch, etc.  We are committed to Row 44 and will utilize their service moving forward.  The experience on board once the two companies combine will be purely Southwest.”  Rather succinct, but then its early days yet.  More details are bound to emerge.

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