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The Boeing 717 is a single aisle short range airliner derived from the DC-9 and was originally marketed as the McDonnell Douglas MD-95. The program was launched in March 1995 when ValuJet signed an order for 50 aircraft. The aircraft was re-engined with RR BR715’s with the same fuselage length and wingspan as the DC9-30 but with updated cockpit and systems. McDonnell Douglas was acquired by Boeing in August 1997 and the aircraft was re-branded as the Boeing 717. The original Boeing 717 model was the KC-135 Stratotanker who’s designation was 717-100, thus the new aircraft became the 717-200. The 717’s first flight was on 2nd September 1998 and the first delivery was to AirTran Airways, the previously named ValuJet, in September 1999. Production ceased in May 2006 after 156 aircraft were built.