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Long-Term Residuals Need to Compensate for New Engine
Rolls-Royce Development Could Set Off Sweeping Changes to Existing Products Residual value projections of existing products will need to be refined if Rolls-Royce [RR:LSE] proceeds with a new "scalable" engine that could be used to power aircraft from regional jets to larger narrowbodies. The so-called scalable engine would cover engine…

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March 22, 2004
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Terrorist Attacks in Spain Have No Impact on Values
The latest terrorist acts in Madrid have had no impact on aircraft values even though the aftermath of the tragedy initially resulted in a fall in airline stocks. The temporary fall in stock prices was a consequence of concern over whether passengers would be willing to travel by air. The…

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March 22, 2004
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B737-800ERX Unlikely to Buffet Existing -800 Residuals
With Boeing [BA] considering boosting the maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of the B737-800 by 10,000 lbs. and calling it the -800ERX, the popularity and values of the current model are likely to remain unaffected. Using some of the structure assigned to the much-delayed -900X, the -800ERX would have a MTOW…

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March 22, 2004
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Price Tag for B717 Closure Puts Values Under The Microscope -- Again
The "Will They Wont They" saga of whether Boeing [BA] will end production of the B717 this year took a new twist when the company filed a cost of closure with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), forcing another reexamination of the aircraft's values. Boeing now estimates that the…

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March 22, 2004
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Appetite for Regional Jets Remains Strong
While the massive orders of yesteryear are something of a fading memory, orders are still emerging in sufficient quantity to emphasize the consolidation of values in the 50- seat market segment. Republic Airways has just announced an order for an additional 16 Embraer [ERJ] ERJ145LRs, adding to an existing fleet…

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March 22, 2004
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Widebody Values on Brink of Rise
A sufficient proportion of the excess newer widebodies could be reabsorbed back into the fleet, offering the potential for an increase in some values. The increase in international traffic, notwithstanding the shortfall in U.S. travelers due the weak dollar, is of sufficient magnitude to allow operators to consider acquiring additional…

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March 22, 2004
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MD87 Values Yet to Hit Rock Bottom
Values and rentals of the MD87 continue to slide as the aircraft faces concerns over noise and rising maintenance costs, and becomes vulnerable in fleet-replacement programs. McDonnell Douglas sought to offer competition to the B737-300 by downsizing the basic MD80 series fuselage. Instead of incorporating a maximum of 172 passengers,…

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March 22, 2004
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Widebody Values Start to Benefit From Improving Asian Market
The improvement in Asian market conditions has resulted in Singapore Airlines (SIA) issuing Requests for Proposals (RFP) to Airbus and Boeing, and points to the potential for a short-term improvement in widebody values. In the wake of the Iraq War and SARS, SIA had previously put on hold its fleet-replacement…

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March 22, 2004
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