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Concentration of B717 Increases Concern Over Residuals
AirTran Takes More, While Impulse Likely To Seek Replacement Already operating over half of the B717 fleet, AirTran [NYSE: AAI] is reportedly taking an additional two ex-Hawaiian examples from Boeing Capital, thereby increasing the concentration of the type and potentially causing problems for future remarketing. The acquisition makes sense for…

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December 15, 2003
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Retrofit of B777-300ER Weight Upgrade Avoids Residual Decline
The intended substantive increase in the maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of the B777-300ER from late 2004 needs to be quickly retrofitted to the initial batch of aircraft to avoid any differentiation in values. The increase in the MTOW of the B777-300ER, slated for service entry in early next year, is…

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December 15, 2003
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Next Year Offers Prospect of Respite for Values of Some Types
The significant negatives that served to depress values over the course of the last two years have largely dissipated creating an environment where values of newer types may actually experience stability, if not improvement during the next 12 months. While the threat of terrorists targeting aircraft or airports remains ever…

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December 15, 2003
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Delay in Arrival of New Regional Jets Aids Avro RJ Values
The delay in the arrival of new Embraer [NYSE: ERJ] regional jets is seen as a boost for values of the BAe146/Avro RJ in the short term. Values of the BAe146 and Avro RJ, a program that now stretches back for some 20 years, have been facing difficult times over…

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December 15, 2003
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RJ Rental Behavior Continues to Fragment
The expansion of the regional jet market in terms of numbers and types continues to force fragmentation. No longer in its infancy, the regional jet market has achieved sufficient maturity to cause rentals of various types to experience a variety of fortunes. With the modern era of the regional jet…

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December 15, 2003
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Widebody Values Experience Variety of Fortunes
Values of at least some widebodies still in production are beginning to enjoy the fruits of the recovery. Unfortunately, a number of types are coming to the end of their product life cycles, while others are experiencing the effects of replacement via modest upgrades. At present, there still appears to…

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December 15, 2003
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Values of Newer Examples Enjoy Slight Rise
Despite a number of A320s still being in storage, there is reasonable justification for allowing values of younger examples to enjoy a modest improvement. Despite having been in production for some 14 years, the A320 is still perceived to be among the most advanced in the world. Initial press sensationalism…

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December 15, 2003
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Editor's Note
AVN will be taking a break for the holidays. Look for the next issue dated Jan. 12, 2004.

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December 15, 2003
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