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Boeing Co. Sees Sharp Increase in Orders: The company described a rosy future for both airlines and plane makers over the next 20 years and said it expects a sharp increase in orders for new narrow-body aircraft over the next six years. In its annual market survey, Boeing estimated that at least 2,800 new planes that seat between 70 and 170 people will be bought by airlines by 2000. Boeing's overall estimate of the long-term growth in the airplane market is about 2% lower than its estimate of a year ago, said Richard James, vice president of marketing for the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group. Boeing estimated that $980 billion in new jetliners will be purchased by airlines between now and 2013.

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