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Thursday, 21 June 2018

Airbus Updates No.1863

Air China pencils in A350 debut for late 3Q18

Air China (CA, Beijing Capital) has set a tentative September 1 date for the start of commercial A350-900 operations, ch-aviation analysis of schedule data has revealed.

As it stands, the Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) widebody will be used to run 2x daily Beijing Capital-Chengdu shuttle flights, presumably for crew training purposes, through to September 30. Additional deployment plans are expected to be announced closer to the time of delivery.

According to its financial statements, Air China has a total of ten A350-900s on order of which six are due this year while the remaining four are due next year.

Airbus Updates no.1862

LaudaMotion talks with Airbus, lessors

LaudaMotion (OE, Vienna) is negotiating a new order for narrowbodies with Airbus but is also talking to lessors who could ensure quicker deliveries for the expanding leisure carrier, Reuters has reported. 

"Airbus is sold out until the end of 2020. But there are enough leasing firms," chairman and founder Niki Lauda has told journalists. 

According to the ch-aviation fleets module, the Austrian carrier currently operates ten A320 Family aircraft, including five A320-200s and five A321-200s, although one unit of the latter type has not yet been released from pre-delivery maintenance at Sofia. LaudaMotion also wet-leases eight B737-800s from its equity partner Ryanair. In total, it plans to operate twenty units in Summer 2018, including ten Boeing narrowbodies wet-leased from the Irish LCC. 

It is recalled that Niki Lauda said in May 2018 that the carrier would be talking about an order for nine A320 Family units, possibly including some A320neos. Subject to availability on the market, LaudaMotion would be looking to add the first units of the new batch already for Winter 2018/19 or at the beginning of 2019 in order to replace the B737-800s wet-leased from Ryanair. 

LaudaMotion plans to boost its own fleet to thirty jets within two years. 

LaudaMotion, an airline born after the takeover of Niki by Niki Lauda, is coordinating its fleet strategy with Ryanair, which already holds a 24.9% stake in the Austrian carrier and is looking to increase it to 75%, pending the European Commission's approval.

Airbus Updates No.1861

Airbus mulls ultra-long-range A321neo variant - report

Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) is reportedly mulling developing a new ultra-long-range variant of the A321neo narrowbody, tentatively dubbed the A321XLR, Reuters has reported. 

The new variant would be equipped with additional fuel tanks which would extend its range beyond even the capabilities of the A321neo(LR), the longest-range variant of the A320neo Family currently in production and which is currently undergoing type certification. 

Airbus has not commented on the report. If confirmed, the new XLR would likely challenge rival Boeing's "Middle Of Market" project. The American manufacturer is currently studying a new type which was broadly outlined during the Paris Air Show in 2017. Although configuration has yet to be firmed, Boeing officials have said it could be in service by 2025.

Deliveries of the A321neo(LR)s are expected to commence later this year, with the first aircraft going to Primera Air Scandinavia (PF, Billund) and TAP Air Portugal (TP, Lisbon). Other airlines which have commitments for the new variant include NorwegianAer LingusJetstar AirwaysAir AstanaAir TransatAir Arabia, and Azores Airlines.

Airbus Updates No.1860

Cathay Pacific adds maiden A350-1000

Cathay Pacific (CX, Hong Kong Int'l) has taken delivery of its first A350-1000 following the handing over of B-LXA (msn 118) at a ceremony on Tuesday, June 19.

The Hong Kong-based carrier said in a statement marking the event that for the purposes of crew training, the twinjet would initially be deployed on regional Asian services starting with Taipei Taoyuanon July 1. Thereafter, it will make its intercontinental debut on September 15 with a non-stop flight to Washington Dulles.

Cathay Pacific has twenty of the type on firm order from Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) of which eight are expected this year, four next year, with the remainder due from 2020 and beyond. It is also an existing operator of the A350-900 of which it has twenty-two in service at present.

Airbus Updates No.1859

Hainan Airlines said to order 15 A350s - report

Hainan Airlines (HU, Haikou) is the Unidentified Customer behind an order for fifteen A350-900s, Reuters has reported citing industry sources. The order was placed on May 31.

In related news, Reuters says China Eastern Airlines (MU, Shanghai Hongqiao) is in the market for 150 narrowbody jets witn both Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) and Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) products in contention.

According to the report, Airbus could have wrapped up a 180-aircraft order in January this year if only for "unfortunate" comments made by French and German officials concerning the 1937 Nanking Massacre, in which Japanese troops are said to have killed 300,000 Chinese civilians.

Sources familiar with diplomatic developments told Reuters that comments made by the French and German ambassadors to China in a December 2017 edition of The Financial Times wherein they used the massacre as a reference for economic reconciliation with Japan, akin to that between France and Germany post-1945, was received "coolly" in Beijing. The sources said the comments were seen as "unwarranted foreign advice on a painful episode in China’s history"

Airbus Updates No.1858

Air Malta's first Airbus A320NEO 9H-NEO

Airbus A320 [9H-NEO]

Airbus Updates No.1857

Airbus A321 -211 5038  C-FYXF Rouge onward delivery 19jun18 DUB-YMX ex OE-LCI
 Airbus A321 -271N 7920  B-1087 China Southern delivery 19-20jun18 XFW-TSE-CAN ex D-AYAH
 Airbus A321 -271N 7968  B-1089 China Southern delivery 20-21jun18 XFW-TSE-CAN ex D-AVYD
 Airbus A321 -271N 8112  B-1053 Sichuan Airlines delivery 19-20jun18 XFW-TSE-TSN ex D-AVZH
 Airbus A321 -271N 8129  N212HA Hawaiian Airlines delivery 15jun18 BFM-PAE ex F-WZMH
 Airbus A321 -251N 8270  CS-TJI TAP Air Portugal delivery 19jun18 XFW-LIS ex D-AYAF
 Airbus A321 -211 8279  N356DN Delta Air Lines delivery 19jun18 BFM-MCI ex F-WZMW
 Airbus A330 -322 96  9H-AGU HiFly Malta posn 17jun18 MAD-MAN on wet-lease to Thomas Cook Airlines ex EI-FSP
 Airbus A330 -243 807  DQ-FJP? Fiji Airways in full cs at AUH 17jun18, S7-reg prior delivery ex S7-VDM
 Airbus A330 -243 1208  PR-OBS Avianca Brasil N-reg canx15jun18, ferried 18jun18 BOG-CNF on transfer ex N974AV
 Airbus A350 -941 114  A7-ALW Qatar Airways delivery 20jun18 TLS-DOH ex F-WZGN
 Airbus A350 -1041 118  B-LXA Cathay Pacific delivery 19jun18 TLS-HKG ex F-WZGV
 Airbus A350 -941 212  D-AIXK Lufthansa delivery 21jun18 TLS-MUC ex F-WZNN
 Airbus A400M -180 78  16-0078 Türk Hava Kuvvetleri delivery 21jun18 SVQ-ASR ex A4M078

Airbus Updates No.1856

 Airbus A310 ‑324(F) 449  N809FD FedEx ferried 20jun18 MEM-VCV for storage ex F-OHPV
 Airbus A310 -325 636  EK31001 Armenia Airways delivery 20jun18 OTP-EVN ex YR-LCA
 Airbus A319 -112 1778  LY-VET Avion Express posn 17jun18 CHR-FRA on wet-lease to Condor ex N718CT
 Airbus A319 -111 2184  G-EZEH easyJet air-test at STN 15jun18 prior return to svc on temporary lease renewal ex 2-GZEH
 Airbus A319 -111 2245  G-EZEN easyJet back in svc 15-16may18 STN-MXP-TXL after temporary lease renewal ex 2-GZEN
 Airbus A319 -112 4204  A5-DOR Bhutan Airlines delivery 19-22jun18 TPA-YYR-NCL-ATH-DEL-PBH ex N952FR
 Airbus A320 -214 1005  LY-VEW Avion Express ferried /posn 17/21jun18 PIK-SNN-AYT, paint at SNN, for Sun Express ops ex N115MT
 Airbus A320 -214 4104  N260NV Allegiant Air onward delivery 18-19jun18 SNN-BGR-SAL ex HZ-AS13
 Airbus A320 -232 4990  HL8309 Air Busan delivery 16jun18 JNB-CAI, full cs ex ZS-SZZ
 Airbus A320 -214 5020  OE-ICK easyJet Europe ferried 18/20jun18 MXP-LJU.MXP on transfer, regd 19jun18 ex G-EZUM
 Airbus A320 -214 5927  OE- easyJet Europe ferried 20/22jun18 MXP-LJU-MXP on transfer, regd 21jun18 ex G-EZWP
 Airbus A320 -214 6047  OE-ICJ easyJet Europe ferried 15/18jun18 MXP-LJU-MXP on transfer, regd 18jun18 ex G-EZWT
 Airbus A320 -251N 8084  PR-OBP Avianca Brazil delivery 20-21jun18 TLS-SID-CNF ex F-WWIM
 Airbus A320 -251N 8214  TC-NBT Pegasus Airlines delivery 19jun18 TLS-SAW ex F-WWDN
 Airbus A320 -251N 8235  B-300R China Eastern delivery 17jun18 TSN-PVG-SHA ex B-000U
 Airbus A320 -251N 8240  N775AV Avianca Central America delivery 20-21jun18 TLS-YYR-SAL ex F-WWIZ
 Airbus A320 -251N 8256  EC-MXY Iberia delivery 20jun18 TLS-MAD ex F-WWDE
 Airbus A320 -214 8344  G-EZRY easyJet delivery 21jun18 XFW-LTN ex D-AUBJ
 Airbus A320 -232 8355  HA-LYZ Wizz Air delivery 19jun18 XFW-BUD ex D-AUBT
 Airbus A321 -211 1994  OE-LCS Lauudamotion delivery / in svc 14/16jun18 SOF-VIE-PMI-BSL-PMI-VIE ex D-ALSB

Monday, 11 June 2018

Airbus Updates No.1855


below is the link to the incident along with pictures and video link

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Airbus Updates No.1854


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Air Belgium Completes Inaugural Hong Kong Service

Air Belgium Completes Inaugural Hong Kong Service
June 08
LONDON – Air Belgium has finally completed its inaugural flight to Hong Kong after numerous delays pushed back the airline’s planned departure date.
The delays were down to numerous reasons with the airline needing to tackle issues such as not being able to obtain overfly rights from the Russian government in time for the first flight which was originally planned to be in April and fixing their GDS system which was not allowing Chinese travelers to book with the airline.
The success of the flight, however, is a different story, with the airline CEO Niky Terzakis saying that the ticket sales were “relatively good”, however, the bookings back from Hong Kong were below the company’s expectations.
Terzakis said: “The bookings are too low for my liking. We are at about 39 percent of bookings out of Hong Kong, and it should be about 50 to 60 percent as a target.” Despite this though he was confident that the airline would begin to break even within six months of operations.
Photo: Bastiaan Hart.
The next move for Air Belgium will be for the company to continue to expand its fleet and route network. Mr. Terzakis did say that they would be looking to move more into the Chinese market with three new destinations to mainland China being added by September this year, he said that they will all be secondary cities and confirmed that one of the three new destinations will be to the City of Wuhan.
Air Belgium currently operates off of Brussels South Charleroi airport and according to the CEO a “hybrid carrier” with it offering full services at low fares. At the moment a flight with Air Belgium in Economy will cost around HK$4,499 for a single round trip, HK$9,999 in premium economy and HK$19,999 in business.
The aircraft in its tri-class configuration current has the ability to carry 300 passengers with 18 Business, 21 Premium economy and 261 economy seats, the business cabin will be laid out in a 2-2-2 configuration with premium economy and the economy being laid out in a 2-3-2 configuration.
In the future, it is unlikely that we will continue to see the airline operate the A340-300s with Mr. Tezakis saying that they were looking to bring in new aircraft for its fleet with the current planes being interim aircraft, but there has been no confirmation or hints as to exactly what aircraft they will operate.

Airbus Updates No.1853

British Airways outlines Qatar Airways A330 deployment plans

British Airways (BA, London Heathrow) has outlined its proposed operational plans for the three A330-200s it plans to wet-lease from fellow Oneworld member Qatar Airways (QR, Doha Hamad Int'l) later this summer.

Airline Route reports the Airbus widebodies will provisionally enter service on June 9 on the following routes out of London HeathrowDelhi Int'l (through to August 20); Kuwait (through to June 30), and Muscat (through to August 19).

British Airways is using the A330s to offset a capacity crunch brought about by the absence of select Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 B787s.

Airbus Updates no.1852

Malaysia Airlines drops high-density A380s

Malaysia Airlines (MH, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) has scrapped plans to reconfigure its six A380-800 into high-density, all-economy layout seating up to 700 passengers but continues to proceed towards the establishment of a charter unit dedicated to Hajj and Umrah services using the Airbus double-deckers, Air Transport World has reported. 

According to Izham Ismail, Malaysia Airlines' chief executive, the aircraft will continue to fly in its current configuration, seating 484 passengers in a three-class layout. The premium seats can attract high-end pilgrimage passengers and will also make it easier for the airline to use the A380s on Malaysia Airlines' scheduled network during peak times. 

The new charter unit of the Malaysian carrier is expected to be spun off from the parent later this year. The name of the subsidiary will be announced soon, Ismail has added. The new unit will take over Hajj and Umrah flights to Jeddah and Madinah once it has secured necessary approvals from both the Malaysian and the Saudi Arabian authorities. Until then, the services will continue to be operated by Malaysia AIrlines itself.

Airbus Updates No.1851

Nepal Airlines first Airbus A330-200 9N-ALY to be operated on their behalf by Hi-Fly

Airbus A330-200 [F-WWCT/9N-ALY]

Airbus Updates no.1850

Tunisair Airbus A320 TS-IMP sporting a FIFA Russia 2018 Livery for the upcoming World Cup in Russia

Airbus A320-200 [TS-IMP]

Airbus Updates No.1849

Airbus A320 -251N 7918  PR-OBQ Avianca Brasil delivery 04jun18 TLS-SID ex F-WXAK
 Airbus A320 -271N 8101  VT-IVG IndiGo Airlines delivery 06jun18 XFW-DEL ex D-AUBA
 Airbus A320 -251N 8173  G-TTNC British Airways delivery 07jun18 TLS-LHR ex F-WWBY
 Airbus A320 -271N 8196  JA214A ANA All Nippon delivery 08-10jun18 TLS-OVB-HND ex F-WWIA
 Airbus A320 -251N 8239  N331FR Frontier Airlines delivery 06jun18 XFW-YYR-TPA " Choo the Pika" ex D-AXAV
 Airbus A320 -251N 8247  TC-NBU Pegasus Airlines delivery 07jun18 TLS-SAW ex F-WWDM
 Airbus A320 -251N 8261  V8-RBB Royal Brunei Airlines delivery 08-09jun18 TLS-DWC-BWN ex F-WWDC
 Airbus A320 -271N 8284  VQ-BRA S7 Airlines delivery 07jun18 XFW-DME ex D-AVVY
 Airbus A320 -214 8298  HZ-AS75 Saudi Arabian Airlines delivery 04jun18 XFW-JED ex D-AXAD
 Airbus A320 -232 8311  G-WUKD Wizz Air UK delivery 07jun18 XFW-BIUD ex D-AXAG
 Airbus A320 -214 8315  HZ-AS76 Saudi Arabian Airlines delivery 07jun18 XFW-JED ex D-AXAH
 Airbus A320 -214 8319  VP-BIX Aeroflot delivery 09jun18 XFW-SVO ex D-AXAI
 Airbus A321 -231 968  TC-OEB Onur Air delivery 04jun18 CHR-IST ex 2-CETH
 Airbus A321 -231 1015  SX-ACP Olympus Airways delivery 08jun18 CRA-ATH, basic Monarch cs, different tail cs ex G-OJEG
 Airbus A321 -231 1153  YR-NTS Just Us Air ferried 06jun18 OSR-SNN-OSR, G-reg prior delivery ex G-OZBN
 Airbus A321 -231 1421  SP-HAF Small Planet Airlines Polska ferried 05jun18 ERF-OSR, G-reg for paint ex G-OZBZ
 Airbus A321 -231 2793  VP-BRQ Red Wings delivery 05jun18 SNN-DME ex GZBAG
 Airbus A321 -271N 8100  B-1091 China Southern delivery 09jun18 XFW-TSE ex D-AVZD
 Airbus A330 -243 409  JY-JVA Jordan Aviation air-test at AMM 05jun18 prior introduction to svc ex 2-RLAI
 Airbus A330 -243F 1524  A6-DCD Etihad Airways ferried 05jun18 LETL-AUH after storage ex F-WWKY