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Emirates Airline (Dubai) on July 29 became the world’s largest Boeing 777 operator with the delivery of Emirates’ 78th 777, the airline’s 45th 777-300 ER (Extended Range) (777-31H A6-ECS msn 38980). The Dubai-based carrier is the only airline to operate every model type, with an additional nine 777-200s, 12 777-300s, 10 777-200 LRs (Longer Range) and two 777 Freighters in its fleet. The company has 28 additional Triple Sevens on order.
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Southwest Airlines (Dallas) is preparing a bid for Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) in an auction next month for the bankrupt carrier. The bid will be at least $113.6 million. This action trumps and so-far out-bids the proposed price previously set by Republic Airways Holdings and will send the process into a bidding war unless Republic now drops out. Therefore Frontier could be quite different in the future and may become a Boeing customer again or be merged. If successful, Southwest is planning to operate Frontier as a subsidiary until it can be merged. Stay tuned.
Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) has completed the acquisition of all Vought operations in North Charleston, South Carolina. The new facility, which is involved in the 787 Dreamliner program, will be called Boeing Charleston.