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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Airbus Updates No.1816

Airbus A321  -211  3334    LY-VED  Avion Express  regd mid-apr18 prior delivery ex KUN on wet-lease to Thomas Cook Airlines  ex VP-BUP
 Airbus A321  -211  3708    G-  Titan Airways  for delivery apr18 ex DUS  ex OE-LCA
 Airbus A321  -211  3749    G-  Titan Airways  air-test at DUS 17apr18, OE-reg prior delivery & paint  ex OE-LCB
 Airbus A321  -231  6009    N805AV  Avianca Holdings  delivery 12-13apr18 TPE-GUM-HNL-TUS  ex B-22608
 Airbus A321  -211  7260    CC-BER  Latam Chile  onward delivery 12-14apr18 AUH-ATH-LPA-REC-SCL, stil in Air Berlin cs  ex OE-IFY
 Airbus A321  -271N  7941    N534VL  Volaris  delivery 14apr18 XFW-KEF-BGR-MEX  ex D-AVZI
 Airbus A321  -251N  8145    OY-PAA  Primera Air  delivery 17apr18 XFW-CPH-BLL-RIX  ex D-AZAK
 Airbus A321  -211  8171    N344DN  Delta Air Lines  delivery 13apr18 BFM-MCI  ex F-WZMN
 Airbus A321  -231  8223    B-300F  Capital Airlines  delivery 13apr18 XFW-TSE  ex D-AVXO
 Airbus A321  -231  8236    G-WKUG  Wizz Air UK  delivery 13apr18 XFW-BUD  ex D-AVXT
 Airbus A330  -243  427    C-GTSI  Air Transat  in svc 14apr18 YYZ-FCO, for paint  ex G-OJMB
 Airbus A330  -203  535    OE-IFW  SMBC Aviation Capital  ferried 13apr18 LDE-DUB for paint into?  ex VP-BDV
 Airbus A330  -202  571    EI-GFX  Air Italy  at DUB 15apr18 in full cs prior delivery  ex A7-ACE
 Airbus A330  -243  971    C-GTSZ  Air Transat  erried / in svc 14apr18 DUS-FCO-YYZ after wet-lease to Condor  ex XA-MXQ
 Airbus A330  -343  1868    B-  China Eastern  delivery 17ar18 TLS-TSN, F-reg, for cabin config & paint  ex F-WWYQ
 Airbus A350  -941  199    N509DN  Delta Air Lines  delivery 13apr18 TLS-ATL  ex F-WZFH

Airbus Updates No.1815

Airbus A319 -111 2037   EC-MUX Volotea Airlines ferried 14apr18 EMA-STN, G-reg after paint prior delivery ex G-EZAM
 Airbus A319 -111 2492   N318NV Allegiant Air delivery 15apr18 STN-BGR-GSO ex G-EZIL
 Airbus A320 -211 117   D-AIPT Lufthansa ferried 07apr18 SOF-FRA after re-transfer ex F-WWIL
 Airbus A320 -211 211   LY-VEV Avion Express ferried 17apr18 SNN-RZE prior wet-lease to Thomas Cook Airlines ex M-YRGW
 Airbus A320 -214 1005   LY-VEW Avion Express ferried 14apr18 SNN-PIK, primer cs  ex N115MT
 Airbus A320 -232 2670   VT-IHQ IndiGo Airlines delivery 11apr18 XSP-DEL  ex VN-A557
 Airbus A320 -214 2902   LZ-AWO Awas ferried 17apr18 AMM-TLS-LFBF ex OE-LOH
 Airbus A320 -214 3540  D-ABHA Eurowings posn13apr18 BUD-DUS after storage ex PR-MHV
 Airbus A320 -233 3581   ER-00001 Fly One posn 14mar18KIV-HRG on wet-lease to Corendon Airlines Europe  ex 2-DLLB
 Airbus A320 -214 5240   EI-FXO Latam Ireland  ferried 17apr18 AUH-MLA, EI-reg prior return to svc with Latam Brazil  ex PR-MYW
 Airbus A320 -214 5522   OE-IZO easyJet Europe ferried 13apr18 OSR-MPL after paint prior delivery ex D-ABNJ
 Airbus A320 -214 6485   OE-IVZ easyJet Europe  ferried 13/16apr18 MXP-LJU-MXP on transfer, reg 16apr18  ex G-EZOC
 Airbus A320 -271N 7126   CC-BHG Latam Chile air-test 12apr18 at SCL after transfer ex PT-TMN
 Airbus A320 -214 7243  OE-IVR easyJet Europe ferried 16/18apr18 MXP-LJU-MXP on transfer, regd 17apr18 ex G-EZPO
 Airbus A320 -251N 8193   G-UZHF easyJet delivery 17apr18 XFW-LTN ex D-AXAN
 Airbus A321 -211 1554   VP-BRW Red Wings ferried 16apr18 MLA-SOF, LZ-reg after paint prior delivery  ex LZ-BHK
 Airbus A321 -211 1629   D-ASTM Gernania onward delivery 16apr18 NWI-SXF after paint ex OE-LCE
 Airbus A321 -211 1972   G-TCDV Thomas Cook Airlines ferried 17apr18 MAN-EMA for paint into new cs ex OY-VKT
 Airbus A321 -211 1994   OE-LCS Lufthansa Technik ferried 13apr18 HAM-SOF ex D-ALSB
 Airbus A321 -211 3267   LY-VEC Avion Express ferried 13apr18 OSR-ZRH-KUN, VP-reg, D-ATCF Condor ntu  ex VP-BUM

Friday, 13 April 2018

Airbus Updates No.1814

Turkish Airlines disposes of VIP A340-500

Turkish Airlines (TK, Istanbul Atatürk) has announced it has disposed of its sole VIP-configured A340-500, TC-CAN (msn 902).

In a filing to the Istanbul bourse, the carrier said only that the 10-year-old aircraft had been sold. The end buyer and price were not disclosed.

The A340-500 was operated by Turkish Airlines General Aviation (TRK, Istanbul Atatürk) and was used extensively by Turkish president Recep Erdogan for his official foreign travels.

Airbus Updates No.1813

TAP Air Portugal accepts maiden A320neo

TAP Air Portugal (TP, Lisbon) has taken delivery of its first A320neo following the handover of CS-TVA (msn 8043) on April 7. According to Skyliner Aviation, the twinjet is currently undergoing painting at Châteauroux ahead of its formal presentation later this quarter.

The Portuguese carrier currently has thirteen A320neo and twenty-two A321neo on order from Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac).

TAP Air Portugal currently operates twenty-two A319-100s, twenty-one A320-200s, and four A321-200s.

Airbus Updates No.1812

British Airways adds first A320neo

British Airways (BA, London Heathrow) has taken delivery of its first A320neo with G-TTNA (msn 8108) being positioned from Toulouse Blagnac to London Heathrow on Tuesday, April 10.

British Airways has a total of twenty-five A320neo on order from Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) with deliveries to run from 2018 through to 2022. It also has ten A321neo due to deliver from later this year through 2019.

The IAG International Airlines Group unit currently operates one A318-100, forty-four A319-100s, sixty-eight A320ceo, and eighteen A321ceo.

Airbus Updates No.1811

Malaysia Airlines inks long-term contract for Hajj A380 ops

Malaysia Airlines (MH, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) has signed a three-year charter contract with Andalusia Travel & Tours Sdn Bhd, a Malaysian tour operator, covering A380-800 services out of Kuala Lumpur Int'l to each of Madinah and Jeddah for Hajj and Umrah pilgrimage, the Malaysian Reserve has reported.

The contract covers a total of around 200 roundtrip flights and runs from August 2018 through August 2021.

These flights will eventually be transferred to a new unit planned within the Malaysia Aviation Group which will be dedicated to Hajj and Umrah charters once it secures all necessary authorisations from both the Malaysian and the Saudi authorities. The subsidiary is tentatively scheduled to launch in late-2018.

The carrier had previously announced its plan to reconfigure all six of its A380s into an all-economy layout seating around 700 passengers, up from 494 in the current three-class layout. While the aircraft main task in the future will be Hajj and Umrah charters, the carrier also plans to deploy the A380s opportunistically on other key routes.

According to Flightradar24 ADS-B data, Malaysia Airlines continues to deploy the A380s on select services to Tokyo Narita and Hong Kong Int'l. It also operates charter flights to Madinah and Jeddah using these units. Three aircraft, 9M-MNA (msn 78), 9M-MNB (msn 81), and 9M-MNC (msn 84) appear to have been stored at Kuala Lumpur since March 25, April 2, and April 8, respectively.

Airbus Updates No.1810

SriLankan Airlines' A320/A321neos lose ETOPS certification

The Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) has suspended the ETOPS certification of A320neo and A321neo aircraft operated by SriLankan Airlines (UL, Colombo Int'l) following a mid-flight engine shutdown in January 2018, The Sunday Times has reported.

According to documents obtained by the newspaper, the regulator stepped in after a maintenance lapse led to a single-engine emergency landing of an A321neo 4R-ANE (msn 7891) in Bangkok Suvarnabhumi on January 22, 2018. Reportedly, the technicians had released the unit prior to the flight despite having detected debris in the oil monitoring system of the CFM International LEAP-1A32 engine.

Following the incident, the CAASL ordered SriLankan Airlines to operate their Airbus neo twinjets within a 60-minute diversion range, effectively blocking the type's operation over the Bay of Bengal (en-route to South-East Asia) or the Arabian Sea (en-route to the Middle East).

The regulator has said in a letter to SriLankan Airlines that it did not find any cogent reason for the decision to release the aircraft to operate the flight without further technical checks. It has thus established that the incident was "totally preventable".

“In this instance, the [engine] manufacturer raised an urgent work card but the relevant department did not give due recognition to it and released the aircraft for commercial flights," the CAASL has said. Reportedly, the engine manufacturer alerted the carrier already on January 5 but SriLankan only conducted a thorough inspection on January 19, arguing that the aircraft had been unavailable for maintenance earlier due to "engagement in commercial flights".

During follow-up audits, the CAASL has established that the "lackadaisical" approach of SriLankan Airlines to maintenance has not been rectified yet and, as such, the carrier's ETOPS certification for the neo Family aircraft will continue to be suspended.

The CAASL has further clearly stated that the mid-flight shutdown did not occur due to any manufacturing defects but solely because of SriLankan's negligence.

Flightradar24 ADS-B data shows that the affected aircraft has returned to Colombo Int'l on January 31 and has been in normal operation ever since.

According to the ch-aviation fleets module, SriLankan Airlines currently operates two A320neos and three A321neos, with a further unit of the latter type poised for imminent delivery.

The debt-ridden Sri Lankan flag carrier currently deploys its A320neo and A321neo aircraft out of Colombo to Abu Dhabi Int'l, Bahrain Int'l, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Doha Hamad Int'l, and Dubai Int'l, among others. All these flights, normally operated over the Bay of Bengal or the Arabian Sea, now have to follow routes along the coast of India, thus adding additional flight time. Services to India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and the Maldives are not affected by the suspension of the ETOPS certification.

The limitation is one of the reasons for SriLankan's rapidly worsening punctuality. According to The Sunday Times, in February 2018 less than 70% of all carrier's flights departed Colombo on time with a total of 911 flights delayed by more than 15 minutes.

Airbus Updates No.1809

SAS orders one A330-300

SAS Scandinavian Airlines (SK, Copenhagen Kastrup) has confirmed it has placed an order with Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) for one A330-300.

The Scandinavian carrier said in a statement it would take delivery of the new-build aircraft in Spring 2019. It will replace one A340-300 which is used primarily as a reserve aircraft.

As with the rest of SAS's fleet of eight A330-300s, the aircraft will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 772Bs.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Airbus Updates No.1808

 Airbus A321  -23  2234    LY-VEA  Avion Express  in full Thomas Cook cs at MLA 03apr18 prior posn to the UK  ex OE-IGB
 Airbus A321  -211  3267    D-ATCF  Condor  ferried 03apr18 MLA-OSR, VP-reg after paint prior delivery, to be ops by AB Aviation  ex VP-BUM
 Airbus A321  -231  5582    G-TCVA  Thomas Cook Airlines  regd 05apr18, delivery 09apr18 NQY-BHX  ex G-ZBAD
 Airbus A321  -211  8227    N346DN  Delta Air Lines  delivery 10apr18 XFW-KEF-YYR-MCI  ex D-AVXQ
 Airbus A330  -202  571    A7-ACE  Qatar Airways  ferried 04apr18 DOH-DUB, for paint prior transfer to Air Italy  ex F-WWKF
 Airbus A330  -343  1858    B-1o65  China Southern  delivery 10apr18 TLS-CAN  ex F-WWCL
 Airbus A330  -343  1860    B-1097  Hainan Airlines  delivery 09apr18 TLS-TSN, F-reg for cabin config & paint  ex F-WWYH
 Airbus A340  -642  933    2-FIEX  European Aviation  ferried 07apr18 AUH-BOH, still all white  ex A6-EHJ
 Airbus A350  -941  195    9M-MAE  Malaysia Airlines  delivery 06apr18 TLS-KUL  ex F-WZFC
 Airbus A350  -941  198    HL7771  Asiana  delivery 11apr18 TLS-ICN  ex F-WZFF