The aircraft was developed from the experimental similar tilrotor XV-15, by Bell/Boeing in 1996, but Boeing pulled out in March 1998, and Agusta came in during September 1998. As of 2011, it is still being developed by Bell/Agusta Aerospace Company (BAAC), a joint venture between Bell Helicopter and AgustaWestland. Although the BA609 shares many features with the V-22 twice its size, they share practically no parts. The BA609 has a pressurized cabin, unlike the V-22.
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The 767 was also the first Boeing wide-body airliner with a two-person flight deck, eliminating the need for a flight engineer. The airliner has been produced in three fuselage lengths. The original 767-200 entered airline service in 1982, followed by the 767-300 in 1986, and the 767-400ER in 2000. The 767-200ER and 767-300ER have added payload and range. The 767-300F, a production freighter version, entered service in 1995.