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Boeing 717: Once a sales flop, now the world's hottest used jetliner

Its valuations and lease rates jump amid cheap fuel and Delta's decision to replace small regional jets

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The Boeing 717's surprise resurgence bucks the usual trajectory of orphan aircraft, which rarely gain popularity once assembly lines shut down, and its revival signals the 100-seat segment of the jet market is more robust than many believe.

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NINE years after production ended for Boeing Co's 717 jetliner, the former sales dud is one of the most sought-after aircraft in the world.

Boeing built just 155 of the 100-seaters, and most are near the age when airlines start thinking about a trade-in. But valuations

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