Guggenheim Aviation Partners, an aviation-investment firm headquartered in Chicago, has ordered six 747 jumbo-jet freighters, Boeing said...

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Guggenheim Aviation Partners, an aviation-investment firm headquartered in Chicago, has ordered six 747 jumbo-jet freighters, Boeing said yesterday.

Boeing said the deal was worth $1.37 billion at list prices, though customers generally negotiate substantial discounts.

Guggenheim’s 747-400ER freighters are scheduled for delivery in late 2006 through the first half of 2008. The company plans to lease the planes.

Last fall, Guggenheim ordered five freighters that are expected to be delivered in 2007.

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Boeing supplies more than half the world’s freighter capacity. In a recent forecast, the jet maker projected that the air-cargo industry will grow at an average annual rate of 6.2 percent, making it the fastest-growing segment of the commercial-airplane market.

Separately yesterday, Boeing said it delivered 85 commercial airplanes last quarter, a 13 percent increase from a year earlier.

The total in the first six months of the year is 155 planes, compared with 151 for the same period in 2004.

Boeing expects to deliver 320 commercial jets this year and 375 to 380 next year, helped by demand from Asian and Middle Eastern airlines.

In the second quarter, Boeing delivered 59 of its 737 models, 14 777s, four 747s and four 767s. It also delivered three of its discontinued 717-model planes and one of its discontinued 757s, the company said.

Military deliveries in the quarter included 11 of Boeing’s F/A-18E/F fighter jets and five C-17 cargo planes.

The Associated Press reported on the Guggenheim order; second-quarter delivery information came from Bloomberg News