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Saturday, 28 November 2015

Airbus Updates No.1425


A350 XWB
Orders as of 31 October 201516,121


Contracts logged during October for 35 A350 XWB, A330 and A320 family aircraft raised Airbus’ total net bookings to 850 so far in 2015, and already above the company’s net order target for the entire year, while the month’s 49 deliveries involved jetliners from across its in-production product lines.
Included in the October order book were four A350-900s for Singapore Airlines, reaffirming its confidence in the Xtra Wide Body aircraft – which was further underscored by this international carrier’s selection of the newly-launched A350-900 Ultra-Long Range version for non-stop flights from Singapore to the U.S.
Also in October’s transactions were widebody orders for 30 A330-300s covered in a General Terms Agreement with China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS) that firmed up a commitment signed in June. 
Completing the month’s new business was Aviation Capital Group’s order for an A321neo from the new engine option product line of Airbus’ best-selling single-aisle jetliner series.
Overall, Airbus’ net orders during the first 10 months of 2015 for the A320, A330 and A350 XWB families reached 850 aircraft, composed of 39 A319/A320/A321s in the current engine option (CEO) configuration; 687 NEO variants of the A319/A320/A321; 92 A330ceo and 25 A330neo jetliners; along with seven A350 XWBs.
The month’s 49 aircraft deliveries comprised 37 A320 Family aircraft, six A330s, four A350 XWBs and two A380s. This activity brings Airbus’ total deliveries so far this year to 495 jetliners, received by 81 customers.
Notable deliveries during the month included the initial A350 XWB to Finnair, positioning the airline as Europe’s first operator with this aircraft type.  Also provided in October was the first of three A330-300s for Indonesia’s Lion Air. Seating 440 passengers in a single-class layout, Lion Air’s A330s are to be used on long-range pilgrimage flights to Saudi Arabia, as well as on selected high-density domestic routes.
Taking the month’s orders and deliveries into account, Airbus’ backlog stood at 6,741 aircraft at the end of October, corresponding to some 10 years of production.  Since its creation, Airbus has logged more than 16,000 orders from across its jetliner families. 
Airbus orders and Deliveries October 2015


Review the worldwide Airbus commercial results with the summary table, below. 
In addition to orders, deliveries and aircraft in operations, this table shows Airbus' backlog, which is the number of jetliners on firm order that remain to be delivered.
For a full listing, utilise the link underneath the summary table to download the latest Excel file – which is updated monthly and lists all firm commercial aircraft transactions, including the family of Airbus executive and private aviation jetliners. 
A300/A310Single aisleA330/A340/A350A380Total
Total orders81612240274831716121
Total deliveries816677416171739380
Aircraft in operation356648715351738551
Summary to 31 October 2015

Airbus Updates No.1424

easyJet orders an additional 36 A320 Family aircraft

Cumulative orders surpass 450 A320 Family aircraft

easyJet has signed a firm order for a further 36 A320 Family aircraft taking its cumulative order for the type to 451. The agreement for six A320ceo and 30 A320neo makes easyJet one of the world’s biggest airline customers for the A320ceo Family with 321 ordered and also for the A320neo with 130 on order.
In the year that easyJet celebrates its 20th anniversary, earlier in April 2015, the airline took delivery of its 250th A320 aircraft. As with other recent deliveries to easyJet, the A320 is equipped with the latest technology and fuel-saving Sharklets.
“Our mission is to make air travel easy and affordable and Airbus is a key partner in delivering this to our passengers. The A320neo with new seats will provide wonderful levels of comfort and space.  It is also more fuel efficient - which will reduce emissions and provide lower costs per seat which will help keep fares low. The new quieter aircraft will reduce our impact on the communities who live near our airports. Our partnership with Airbus was built on the A320 Family and this will continue with the A320neo”, said Carolyn McCall, CEO of easyJet.‎‎‎
“Airbus is proud to have partnered easyJet along the airline’s impressive achievements and growth. The airline is one of the biggest carriers in Europe with a large fleet to match. Not only is easyJet one of the biggest airline customers for the A320ceo but also the A320neo. This endorsement demonstrates easyJet’s commitment for operating the world’s most productive and efficient aircraft married with the best cabin comfort for its millions of loyal passengers,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer,Customers.
easyJet is one of Europe’s leading airlines offering a unique and winning combination of extensive route network connecting Europe's primary airports, with great fares and service. The airline flies on more than 750 routes to over 130 airports across 31 countries.
easyJet operates Europe’s largest and the world’s fourth largest Airbus single aisle fleet. Since easyJet took delivery of its first Airbus aircraft (an A319) in September 2003, Airbus has delivered an aircraft on average every 16 days to easyJet since the first delivery.                                                                                           
With over 12,200 aircraft ordered, and over 6,700 aircraft delivered to over 400 customers and operators worldwide, the A320 Family is today the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft family.  

Airbus Updates No.1423

TAP Portugal orders 14 A330-900neo and 39 A320neo Family aircraft

Airbus efficient aircraft shaping TAP Portugal’s future

TAP Portugal has signed a firm order with Airbus for 53 Widebody and single aisle aircraft including 14 A330-900neo, and 39 A320neo Family aircraft (15 A320neos and 24 A321neos). The aircraft will join TAP Portugal’s fleet as part of its fleet renewal announced by the airline’s new majority owner Atlantic Gateway. As part of the agreement, TAP Portugal is replacing its previous order of 12 A350-900s with the A330-900neo.              
“Our latest order for 14 Airbus A330-900neo aircraft and 39 A320neo Family aircraft reflects our ongoing commitment to provide our customers with the next generation of fuel efficient aircraft,” said Fernando Pinto, TAP Portugal CEO. “The A330neo, like the A320neo Family, will give us the flexibility to enter new markets and improve the frequency of existing ones due to its combination of high reliability, low operating costs and exceptional comfort,” he added. 
“With this order for 53 brand new aircraft TAP is reborn. This order today shows Airbus' confidence in TAP's future and TAP's commitment to having the best products for its customers.  These aircraft are the right aircraft for TAP's current missions and growth markets.  Furthermore, Airbus is proud of the strength and depth of its relationship with TAP and TAP's new shareholders. The A330neo Family is the world’s most cost-efficient, medium-range Widebody and the A320neo Family is simply the single aisle aircraft of choice,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer - Customers. “The combination of the A330neo and A320neo Families in TAP Portugal’s fleet will allow the airline to reap the benefits of Airbus’ unique aircraft commonality, offering unrivalled efficiencies, with the most modern, fuel efficient and streamlined fleet.” 
TAP Portugal is an all Airbus customer, currently operating 43 A320 Family aircraft and 18 Widebody Family aircraft. 
The A330-800neo and the A330-900neo are two new members of the Airbus Widebody Family launched in July 2014 with first deliveries scheduled to start in Q4 2017. The A330neo incorporates latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, aerodynamic enhancements and new cabin features. Benefitting from the unbeatable economics, versatility and high reliability of the A330, the A330neo reduces fuel consumption by 14% per seat, making it the most cost efficient, medium range Widebody aircraft on the market. In addition to greater fuel savings, A330neo operators will also benefit from a range increase of around 400 nautical miles and of course all the operational commonality advantages of the Airbus Family.                  
The A320neo Family incorporates latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices, which together deliver more than 15 percent in fuel savings from day one and 20 percent by 2020 with further cabin innovations. With more than 4,300 orders received from over 75 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured some 60 percent share of the market.

Airbus Updates No.1422

Ethiopian Airlines first A350 XWB takes shape

The first Airbus A350-900 for Ethiopian Airlines is taking shape on the Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France.  Ethiopian Airlines will be the first African A350 XWB operator when it takes delivery of the aircraft next year.
Ethiopian Airlines will operate 14 A350 XWB of which 12 are directly purchased from Airbus and two are on lease from AerCap, including this first aircraft.  
Mating of the various aircraft fuselage sections has begun and the vertical stabilizer (tail fin) has been attached.   Similarly, work has begun on joining the wings, and the horizontal tailplanes to the fuselage, after which its undercarriage will be fitted. All these activities are carried out in parallel with cabin interiors installation and the first electrical power–on, enabling a significant reduction in lead-time. Following this, the aircraft will undergo a comprehensive sequence of tests. Once those are complete, the aircraft will be painted, its engines installed and preparations for delivery will begin. 
The carrier will deploy the aircraft on its expanding route network linking the East African nation with Asia and America. The Airbus A350 XWB MSN2 will be arriving at Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport on 11th November as part of its Middle East-Ethiopia demonstration flight tour.
The A350 XWB (Xtra Wide-Body) will bring a step-change in efficiency compared with existing aircraft in this size category, as it uses 25 per cent less fuel and provides an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions. To date, the A350 XWB has already won 787 firm orders from 41 customers worldwide. 

Airbus Updates No.1421

 Airbus A340 -313 483  F-WTDF Azur Aviation Iberia cs, ferried 24nov15 MAD-LDE, regd 25nov15 ex EC-IIH
 Airbus A380 -861 201  A6-EOQ Emirates delivery 28nov15 XFW-DXB ex F-WWAN
 Airbus A400 -M180 28  14-0028 Türk Hava Kuvvetleri delivery 25nov15 SVQ-LTAU ex A4M028

Airbus Updates No.1420

Airbus A310 -304 496  YA-CAQ Ariana Afghan Airlines in svc 24nov15 KBL-IST-KBL after wet-lease to Taban Air ex TC-JDA
 Airbus A319 -113 644  OO-SSP Brussels Airlines ferried 24nov15 BRU-MPL on return to lessor, reg N644AG res ex F-GPMG
 Airbus A319 -111 2370  G-EZMK easyJet ferried 23nov15 GVA-LTN on transfer, regd 24nov15 ex HB-JZM
 Airbus A320 -212 189  9Q-CAT CAA Compagnie Africaine d´Aviation ferried 28nov15 FKI-CHR ex F-WTHL
 Airbus A320 -232 1663  TC- AtlasGlobal delivery 24-25nov15 SJO-YHZ-WOE in full cs, OE-reg ex OE-IDT
 Airbus A320 -214 3802  LZ-PMY Via Airlines posn 25nov15 VAR-DMM on wet-lease to flyNas ex VP-CQL
 Airbus A320 -214 5785  HB-JXE easyJet Switzerland ferried 24nov15 LGW-GVA, G-reg on transfer ex G-EZWO
 Airbus A320 -214 6813  PR-OCW Avianca Brazil delivery 25-26nov15 TLS-SID-NAT-POA ex F-WWIN
 Airbus A320 -232 6832  SX-DNB Aegean Airlines delivery 27nov15 TLS-ATH ex F-WWDI
 Airbus A320 -232 6851 529 B-8066 Tianjin Airlines delivery 26-27nov15 TLS-TSE-TSN ex F-WWIJ
 Airbus A320 -214 6856  D-ABNM Air Berlin “Flying home for Christmas” decals applied at DUS from 23nov15 ex D-AXAW
 Airbus A320 -214 6877  D-ABNQ Air Berlin for delivery 30nov15 XFW-TXL ex D-AXAZ
 Airbus A321 -211 677  2-RLAF African Holding Company of America regd 16nov15 prior ferry DGX-MPL ex EI-FGZ
 Airbus A321 -231 6869  TC-JTE Turkish Airlines delivery 25nov15 XFW-IST ex D-AVXR
 Airbus A330 -223 232  PT-MVA TAM ferried 27nov15 CNF-LDE on return to lessor ex A6-EYX
 Airbus A330 -243 1052  B-8221 Capital Airlines delivery 26nov15 CGK-PEK ex PK-GPI
 Airbus A330 -343 1607  EC-MIN Air Europa delivery 24nov15 TLS-PMI, full Skymark cs ex F-WWCS
 Airbus A330 -343 1635  EI-FMH Intrepid Leasing ferried 26nov15 TLS-LDE for interm storage, basic Skymark cs ex F-WWYM
 Airbus A330 -343 1677  B-8117 Hainan Airlines delivery 27nov15 TLS-HAK ex F-WWTP
 Airbus A330 -302 1684  B-16335 Eva Air delivery 24nov15 TLS-TPE ex F-WWKN

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Airbus Updates No.1419

Airbus A320 -214 6837 G-EZOX easyJet delivery 04nov15 XFW-LGW ex D-AXAV
 Airbus A321 -231 663 EI-ETJ MetroJet crashed 31oct15 SSH-LED after t/o in central Sinai, 224/224 dead ex TC-OAE
 Airbus A321 -212 1299 C-FLKX Air Canada delivery 02nov15 DUB-KEF-YMX ex OE-IAL
 Airbus A321 -231 3546 G-OZBT Monarch ferried 01nov15 MAN-EMA for paint into new cs ex G-TTIH
 Airbus A321 -231 4893 N973UY American Airlines re-registered & in svc 04nov15 PHX-ATL (+ 4898 N974UY 03nov15 PHX-GEG ex N548UW) ex N547UW
 Airbus A321 -231 6844 C-FJOK Rouge delivery 03nov15 XFW-KEF-YYZ ex D-AVXF
 Airbus A330 -243 261 G-SMAN Monarch ferried 04nov15 BHX-CBG after storage for paint into? ex F-WWKR
 Airbus A330 -343 1673 B-5978 Air China delivery 31oct15 TLS-TSN ex F-WWRL
 Airbus A330 -343 1675 PK-LEF Lion Air delivery / in svc 31oct-01nov15 TLS-JED-MES ex F-WWTN
 Airbus A340 -642 744 EC-JPU Iberia ferried 03nov15 MAD-MAN for paint into new cs ex F-WWCF
 Airbus A380 -861 123 A6-EEI Emirates in svc 02nov15 DXB-LHR-DXB with "United for Wildlife" decals ex F-WWAM
 Airbus A380 -861 200 A6-EOP Emirates delivery 04nov15 XFW-DXB ex F-WWSV

Airbus Updates No.1418

Airbus A300 B4-203(F) 236  PR-STN Sterna Linhas Aéreas delivery 03nov15 SFB-MAO-CWB, N-reg ex N834JM
 Airbus A300 B4‑622R(F) 743  EI-EYK ASL Airlines Ireland posn 03nov15 DRS-LEJ prior DHL ops ex JU-8128
 Airbus A319 -112 3589  HB-JOH Germania Flug ferried 03nov15 ZRH-NWI prior re-transfer to Germania ex D-AHIL
 Airbus A320 -231 64  ZS-GAL Fly Baghdad in full cs at JNB 29oct15 prior wet-lease ex N625AW
 Airbus A320 -214 533  YL-LCL Smartlynx Airlines ferried / in svc 02-3nov15 LGW-MLA-TLL after summer-lease to Thomas Cook Airlines ex EI-DDL
 Airbus A320 -233 558  LY-VEO Avion Express ferried 27oct15 BCN-BUD after summer-lease to Vueling ex F-ORAD
 Airbus A320 -214 716  N228NV Allegiant Air posn 03nov15 TPA-SFB with “Visit Florida” decals ex D-AHHD
 Airbus A320 -214 888  ES-SAK Smartlynx Estonia last in svc for Corendon Air / in svc 02nov15 AMS-AGA-TLL ex EI-EZA
 Airbus A320 -214 936  YL-LCK Avion Express ferried 03nov15 MAN-RIX after summer-lease to Thomas Cook Airlines ex OE-IBU
 Airbus A320 -214 992  EC-JZQ Vueling ferried 03-04nov15 BCN-KEF-BGR-GYR on return to lessor ex TC-JLE
 Airbus A320 -214 1081  G-MRJK Monarch ferried 02nov15 MAN-LTN prior return to lessor ex PH-BMC
 Airbus A320 -233 1626  LY-VEN Avion Express ferried 02nov15 NCL-YUL for winter Caribbean ops ex CC-COM
 Airbus A320 -214 1873  YL-LCO Avion Express ferried 03nov15 MAN-LJU after summer-lease to Thomas Cook Airlines ex N191AT
 Airbus A320 -232 1998  LY-VEL Avion Express ferried 03nov15 PAD-KEF after summer-lease to Condor ex EI-EUB
 Airbus A320 -232 2029  TC-AGO AtlasGlobal delivery 05nov15 OSR-IST ex EI-FDL
 Airbus A320 -232 2108  LY-VEK Avion Express ferried 05nov15 MAN-SNN after summer-lease to Thomas Cook Airlines ex M-ABIK
 Airbus A320 -214 2562  D-ABNT Air Berlin delivery 02nov15 XIY-TSE-MUC ex B-6259
 Airbus A320 -216 2926  AP-BLY Pakistan International delivery 02nov15 KUL-KHI ex 9M-AFL
 Airbus A320 -214 2930  EI-EYR Rossiya ferried 04-05nov15 LED-KEF-DLH-GYR on return to lessor ex A6-ABG
 Airbus A320 -214 6834  G-EZOW easyJet delivery 03nov15 XFW-LTN ex D-AXAU

Monday, 2 November 2015

Airbus Updates No.1417

Type:Silhouette image of generic A319 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A319-112
Owner/operator:Czech Airlines
C/n / msn:3043
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage:Unknown
Location:Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (AMS/EHAM) -    Netherlands
Phase:Initial climb
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (AMS/EHAM)
Destination airport:Praha-Ruzyne International Airport (PRG/LKPR)
Czech Airlines flight OK619 returned to Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport after in flight shut down of engine no. 2. 
The flight crew reported a loud noise from the engine and indications of engine vibrations. A safe landing was made on runway 27 at 22:16 hours LT, 33 minutes after takeoff.

Airbus Updates No.1416


CAIRO/MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian plane that crashed inEgypt was not struck from the outside and the pilot did not make a distress call before it disappeared from radar, a source in the committee analysing the flight recorders said on Monday.
The source declined to give more details but based his comments on the preliminary examination of the black boxes recovered from the Airbus A321 which crashed in the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday killing all 224 people on board.
The Egyptian government said the black boxes were being examined by Egyptian and Russian experts along with German and French specialists from Airbus and from Ireland where the aircraft was registered. It said the search was continuing across the 9-sq-km crash site. Security sources said intelligence agencies had obtained a copy of the passenger list.
Russian officials have said the plane, carrying holidaymakers from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg, likely broke up in mid-air but said it was too early to say what caused it to crash.
The first bodies recovered from the wreckage arrived on board a Russian government plane at St Petersburg's Pulkovo Airport, where grieving Russians left piles of flowers.
A Reuters photographer saw a white lorry leaving the airport, escorted by police cars, heading for a St Petersburg morgue, where the bodies were to be identified. Egypt said the plane was carrying 196 bodies. A second plane was due to leave Cairo on Monday evening.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, who had declared Sunday a day of mourning, said on Monday the crash was a great tragedy.
"Without any doubt everything should be done so that an objective picture of what happened is created," Putin said in comments cited by ITAR-TASS. "So that we know what happened."
When asked if a terrorist attack could be to blame, Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said no theory could yet be ruled out.
An Egyptian militant group affiliated with Islamic State said on Saturday it brought down the plane "in response to Russian air strikes that killed hundreds of Muslims on Syrian land". Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov dismissed the claim, saying it "can't be considered accurate".
Alexander Smirnov, deputy general director of airline Kogalymavia, which operated the plane under the brand name Metrojet, said only a "technical or physical action" could have caused the aircraft to break up in the air.
"The plane was in excellent condition," Smirnov told a news conference in Moscow. "We rule out a technical fault and any mistake by the crew."
Kogalymavia's deputy general director for engineering, Andrei Averyanov, said a 2001 incident when the plane's tail section struck the tarmac on landing was fully repaired and could not have been a factor in the crash.
The airline said the plane's engines were inspected in Moscow on Oct. 26 and no problems were found and a Russian inspection of its fuel found that it met requirements.
The aircraft had received a certificate of airworthiness earlier this year from regulators in Ireland.
Russia, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, launched air raids against opposition groups in Syria including Islamic State on Sept. 30.
Islamic State, the hardline group that controls swathes of Iraq and Syria, has called for war against both Russia and the United States in response to their air strikes in Syria.
Sinai is the scene of an insurgency by militants close to Islamic State who have killed hundreds of Egyptian soldiers and police and have also attacked Western targets in recent months.
However, militants in the area are not believed to have missiles capable of hitting a plane at 30,000 feet.
Islamic State websites have in the past claimed responsibility for actions that have not been conclusively attributed to them.
James Clapper, U.S. director of National Intelligence, said in Washington: "We don't have any direct evidence of any terrorist involvement, yet." On the ability of Islamic State militants to shoot down an airliner, Clapper said: "It's unlikely, but I wouldn't rule it out."
Those on board the flight included 214 Russians, at least three Ukrainians and one Belarusian, most returning from the Red Sea, popular with Russians seeking winter sun.
Russia and other former Soviet republics have poor air safety records, notably on domestic flights. Some accidents have been blamed on the use of ageing aircraft, but industry experts point to other problems, such as poor crew training and lax government controls.
The A321 is a medium-haul jet in service since 1994, with more than 1,100 in operation worldwide and a good safety record.
The aircraft disappeared from radar screens 23 minutes after take off at an altitude of 31,000 feet (9,400 metres), Egypt's Civil Aviation Ministry said. FlightRadar24, a Sweden-based flight tracking service, said the aircraft was descending rapidly when the signal to air traffic control was lost.