Good news on the 717 front.
In this months Aircraft Illustrated:
After many months of speculation, there are new reports that ILFC may now be ready to order around 100 B717s - assuming the new Boeing's survival. Unlike past ILFC orders, Boeing and ILFC would be responsible for jointly marketing the aircraft to lessees - putting Boeing in competition with other aricraft leasing companies.
In last weeks Aviation Weekly:
Aserca Airlines of Venezuela is discussing possible acqusition of the new 717 transport with Boeing. Aserca is looking into acquiring 13-15 717s as a replacement for its DC-9-30 aircraft by 2003.