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General Electric Capital Aviation Services has placed 40 firm orders for Airbus A319s, A320s and A321s, with options for a further 40, plus five firm orders and five options for A340-300s.

GATX Capital has placed orders for 10 B737-800s, with options for a further 10, as well as orders for one B757-200 and options for two more. Spanish operator Air Europa has confirmed an order for 10 B737-800s, with options on two more. Meanwhile, LOT Polish Airlines has ordered two B737-400s and two B737-800s.

Continental Airlines has become the first US airline to order B737-800s, under a new fleet plan which includes 48 firm orders and 15 options for B737-700/800s, and eight firm orders and eight options for B757s. The carrier's order for five B777s is deferred until 2002-2003.

Kuwait Airways has placed an order for two B777-200s, with an option for a third, while Air China has ordered three B747-400s. Finnair is to lease four B757s, powered by PW2040 engines, from ILFC.

TWA has purchased five more MD-83s, with options for another ten. Vasp and FedEx have each ordered an MD-11, while Reno Air has leased a third MD-90.

Israir (Emek Wings) has ordered two ATR42-320s, while Zambian Express and Ethiopian Airlines have both placed orders for one ATR42-320 and Air Mauritius has ordered two ATR42-500s.

Air Littoral has ordered three additional Canadair Regional Jets. Wideroe has ordered one de Havilland Dash 8-400, with options for three more.

SAS Commuter has ordered four Saab 2000s, with options on a further two.

Mountain Air Express, a subsidiary of Western Pacific, has taken 12 orders and 12 options for Dornier 328-120s.