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Friday, 19 October 2018

Airbus Updates No.1970

Hainan Airline Completes First Airbus A350 Flight

Clement Alloing
Hainan Airline Completes First Airbus A350 Flight
October 16
LONDON – Chinese carrier Hainan airlines completed its first commercial Airbus A350 flight last week.
Flight HU7607 took off from Beijing and landed in Shanghai-Hongqiao International airport one hour 40 minutes later.
This flight marks the first successful operation of the new aircraft for the carrier, which will be used in the expansion of their “new era of services.”
The airline has said that the A350 will provide its passengers to a new start of travel, with an experience unrivaled with their new and leading modern cabins.
The plane is equipped in a two-class configuration, with the business class set up in a staggered layout, offering passengers an “enhanced experience.”
The carrier has also confirmed that the front row of economy class comes equipped with 18” wide seats and increased legroom.
This plane (registered B-1069), joins a young fleet of 222 planes, which consists of Boeing 737s, 787-8/-9s and Airbus A330s.
Originally, this plane was destined for Brazilian carrier Azul, of which Hainan was a shareholder.
However, the plane was not taken up by Azul and was slated for Capital Airlines and painted in Capital livery. Ultimately, Capital did not take the plane and was delivered to Hainan on September 28, 2018.
Two more Airbus A350-900s will join the fleet soon, with 13 more coming within the next few years.
There has been no confirmation yet as to what international routes the airline will deploy the A350 on. 

Airbus Updates No.1969

Airbus A320 -271N 8451  VQ-BRI S7 Airlines delivery 19oct18 XFW-OVB ex D-AXAS
 Airbus A320 -251N 8463  9M-RAG AirAsia delivery 17oct18 TSN-KUL ex B-000R
 Airbus A320 -271N 8474  XA-VII VivaAeroBus delivery 19oct18 TLS-KEF-BGR-MTY ex F-WWBQ
 Airbus A320 -271N 8476  JA217A ANA All Nippon delivery 19-20oct18 XFW-OVB-HND ex F-WWDI
 Airbus A320 -271N 8490  N539VL Volaris delivery 18oct18 TLS-KEF-BGR-MEX ex F-WWIC
 Airbus A320 -251N 8497  CC-AZF Sky Airline delivery 17-18oct18 XFW-YYR-PTY-SCL ex D-AUBT
 Airbus A321 -231 864  OE-IBB WTCT regd 17oct18, parked at MPL ( + 1421 OE-IBD ex SP-HAV) ex SP-HAU
 Airbus A321 -211 2060  G-TCDA Thomas Cook Airlines ferried 14oct18 MAN-BOH for paint into new cs ex TC-JMG
 Airbus A321 -211 3504  OE-LES Lufthansa Technik ferried 16oct18 SOF-NWI for paint into all white ex D-AVZI
 Airbus A321 -211 4103  VQ-BEF Aeroflot ferried 18oct18 SVO-OSR prior return to lessor ex D-AZAC
 Airbus A321 -231 8437  B-300C Sichuan Airlines delivery 17-18oct18 XFW-TSE-TSN ex D-AZAS
 Airbus A321 -231 8525  N998JE jetBlue delivery 16oct18 BFM-LCQ ex F-WZMM
 Airbus A321 -211 8530  N364DX Delta Air Lines delivery 19oct18 BFM-MCI ex F-WZMN
 Airbus A330 -243 248  G- Thomas Cook Airlines posn 17oct18 YUL-MAN, C-reg on winter-lease ex C-GJDA
 Airbus A330 -243CJ 1053  VP-CAC Midroc Aviation delivery 15oct18 BSL-LHA, for interim storage ex F-WWKR
 Airbus A350 -941 112  B-1070 Hainan Airlines delivery 17oct18 TLS-HAK, Capital Airlines titl ex F-WZGQ
 Airbus A350 -941 240  B-1081 Air China delivery 18oct18 TLS-TSN ex F-WZHK

Airbus Updates No.1968

 Airbus A318 -122 3585  PR-ONM Avianca Brasil ferried 12/17-18oct18 BSB-NAT-SID-LDE, for part-out & scrap ex CC-CZJ
 Airbus A319 -111 2806  XU- Cambodia Airlines delivery 16-17oct18 TPA-GTF-ANC-CTS, full cs, N-reg ex N947FR
 Airbus A319 -112 2913  JY- Royal Jordanian ferried 16-17oct18 NWI-LED-DME, EI-reg after paint prior delivery ex EI-EZD
 Airbus A319 -115 8398  B-1093 Chengdu Airlines delivery 19oct18 XFW-SVX ex D-AVWX
 Airbus A320 -231 54  ZS-GAW Global Aviation ferried 16oct18 AYT-EBB-JNB after summer-lease to Corendon Air ex TU-TRA
 Airbus A320 -214 888  ES-SAK smartlynx Estonia ferried 15oct18 CRL-TLL after summer-lease t to TUI Airlines Belgium ex EI-EZA
 Airbus A320 -232 928  5B-DCR GECAS CobaltAir cs, ferried 19oct18 LCA-MST ( + 3259 5B-DDC) ex OE-IDY
 Airbus A320 -232 1411  LY-SPK Small Planet Airlines ferried 17oct18 VNO-SHJ ex SP-HAB
 Airbus A320 -232 1422  LZ-MDK Via Airways ferried 15oct18 KTW-VAR after summer-lease to Small Planet Airlines Polska ex RP-C7932
 Airbus A320 -214 1461  EC-HQL Vueling ferried 16oct18 BCN-OSR prior return to lessor ex F-WWDD
 Airbus A320 -214 2619  D-ASMR Sundair delivery 15oct18 BUD-SXF, full cs ex D-ABDB
 Airbus A320 -232 2724  SX-ODS orange2fly ferried 15oct18 BRU-ATH after summer-lease to TUI Airways Belgium ex EI-GGD
 Airbus A320 -214 2875  5B-DCZ CobaltAir ferried by lessor 19oct18 LCA-LDE ( + 2920 5B-DCY) ex VP-BQP
 Airbus A320 -232 5940  JA23JJ Jetstar Japan delivery 17-19oct18 TLS-AUH-HAN-NRT ex F-WXAD
 Airbus A320 -214 6166  9K-EAI Wataniya Airways ferried 14oct18 AQJ-SHJ on return to lesssor (+ 6080 9K-EAH 04oct18 KWI-SHJ) ex A6-ANZ
 Airbus A320 -251N 8089  B-1212 Zhejiang Loong Airlines delivery 18-19oct18 XFW-TSE-TSN ex D-AVVK
 Airbus A320 -251N 8184  B-1232 Zhejiang Loong Airlines delivery 18-19oct18 TLS-TSE-TSN ex F-WWIO
 Airbus A320 -251N 8348  B-301H China Southern delivery 17-18oct18 TLS-TSE-CAN ex F-WWIQ
 Airbus A320 -251N 8409  G-UZHN easyJet delivery 19oct18 XFW-LTN ex D-AVVW
 Airbus A320 -251N 8420  B-303A China Eastern delivery 18oct18 TS-PVG-NKG ex B-000U

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Airbus Updates No.1967

 Azores Airlines ends A310 ops

Azores Airlines (S4, Ponta Delgada) has confirmed it has now ended A310-300 operations after its last remaining aircraft of the type, CS-TGV (msn 651), conducted its last revenue flight on Monday, October 15.
According to the Azores-based carrier, the 26-year-old twinjet's final revenue service was flight S4 124 Ponta Delgada-Lisbon.
Azores Airlines has replaced its outgoing A310s with newer A321neo (of which it operates two) and one A330-200.
The ch-aviation fleets module shows there to be nine remaining commercial operators of the A310-300 remaining namely Mahan Air, Air Transat, Ariana Afghan Airlines, Armenia Airways (parked), Yemenia, Al-Atheer Aviation, Arabasco, Taban Air, and Tehran Airlines.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Airbus Updates No.1966

Delta to start scheduled A220 ops in mid-1Q19

Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson) has announced it will commence scheduled A220-100 operations with effect from January 31, 2019. The Georgia-based carrier has a total of seventy-five of the type on order from Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac).
In a statement, Delta said its initial A220 operations would focus on connecting New York La Guardia with each of Boston and Dallas/Fort Worth followed by Detroit Metropolitan-Dallas/Ft. Worth in March, New York La Guardia-Houston Intc'l in April, Salt Lake City-Dallas/Ft. Worth in May, Minneapolis/St. Paul-Dallas/Ft. Worth in June, Houston Intc'l to each of Detroit, Dallas/Ft. Worth, and Salt Lake City in July, and New York JFK to Dallas/Ft. Worth in August.
Delta's A220s with feature 109 seats in total, including 12 in First Class, 15 in Delta Comfort+, and 82 in Main Cabin.

Airbus Updates No.1965

Israel's Arkia to take maiden A321neo(LR)

Arkia Israeli Airlines (IZ, Tel Aviv Ben Gurion) will become the launch operator for the A321neo(LR) variant following the collapse of Primera Air Scandinavia (PF, Billund), which was previously due to become the type's first user, FlightGlobal has reported.
Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) has reportedly not firmed the date of the first delivery yet, although it is likely to happen before the end of 2018.
Primera Air, a leisure focused airline turned transatlantic scheduled low-cost carrier, ceased operations on October 2. It was due to source its A321neo(LR)s via AerCap. At the time of its collapse, Primera blamed the delayed deliveries of the type as one of the reasons for its financial woes.
Arkia has three A321neo on order directly with Airbus, of which at least two have already been confirmed as the LR variant. The carrier will most likely use the twinjets to replace its last remaining B757-300. Arkia also operates two EMB-190s, and three EMB-195s, and has two A330-900s on order. It also wet-leases two B737-800s, one B767-300(ER) from Neos (NO, Milan Malpensa) and Travel Service Airlines (QS, Prague Ruzyne).
Other airlines which are due to take the A321neo(LR) in 2019 include Norwegian (DY, Oslo Gardermoen), TAP Air Portugal (TP, Lisbon), Air Transat (TS, Montréal Trudeau), Aer Lingus (EI, Dublin Int'l), Air Astana (KC, Astana), Air Arabia (G9, Sharjah), and Azores Airlines (S4, Ponta Delgada).
Separately, Air Transat President Jean-Marc Eustache told Bloomberg that the proposed even longer-range variant of the A321neo, dubbed A321neo(XLR), could debut in 2023. As such, it would come to the market at least two years before the not yet confirmed Boeing Middle of the Market ("B797") jet, with which it would compete with.
Eustache also added that Air Transat was a "natural buyer" for the A321neo(XLR), which it could use on European routes.