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Sunday, 7 June 2020

Airbus Updates No.2686

Etihad Airways committed to Airbus A380s  & Airbus A350s

Etihad Airways (EY, Abu Dhabi Int'l) remains committed to the further operation of its A380-800 quadjets and does not want to cancel its forthcoming A350-1000s, a spokesperson told the Executive Traveller.
Reuters had earlier reported, citing unnamed sources, that the carrier was contemplating permanently grounding all ten A380-800s. The airline said that the type remained "an important part of the Etihad fleet and [was] well suited to a number of key routes".
According to the ch-aviation schedules module, Etihad deploys its A380s from Abu Dhabi Int'l to London Heathrow, New York JFK, Paris CDG, Seoul Incheon, and Sydney Kingsford Smith. The ten aircraft have been in storage since March 25.
Etihad's local rival Emirates (EK, Dubai Int'l) recently underlined that it also intends to resume full utilisation of its A380-800s as of 2022.
The Emirati flag carrier has also pledged to take deliveries of its A350-1000s. The airline has 20 of the type on firm order from Airbus, of which four have already been formally delivered, although they remain at Bordeaux airport with French registrations.
"Etihad is also committed to the delivery of its future fleet of Airbus A350-1000s and has selected the routes to be operated by this aircraft," the spokesperson said.
The airline has yet to file schedules for the A350s. As such, the selection of routes has yet to be made public.

Airbus Updates No.2685

Wizz Air adds maiden A320neo, eyes 100 aircraft in Abu Dhabi

Wizz Air (W6, Budapest) took delivery of its first 186-seat A320-200neo, HA-LJA (msn 9586), on May 29, 2020, and deployed the aircraft into revenue service on May 30 between Budapest and London Luton. Since then, it has been flying on a variety of European routes from the Hungarian capital.
According to the ch-aviation fleets advanced module, Wizz Air has a further sixty-four A320neo on firm order from Airbus. The Hungarian low-cost carrier operates sixty-nine A320-200s, thirty-four A321-200s, and eight A321-200neo, while its subsidiary Wizz Air UK (W9, London Luton) operates three A320s and seven A321s. Besides the A320neo, the airline also has 203 A321neo on order, including twenty A321neo(XLR)s.
"We have maintained our commitment to taking deliveries of our order book with Airbus. I think we must be probably the only airline, but certainly one of the very few on the planet that continues to honour the contractual commitment with Airbus. We do it because we have been saying that the following market consolidation will spring significant opportunities for Wizz Air, and we have already acted on some of those," Chief Executive József Váradi said during an investor call.
Meanwhile, the carrier disclosed its revised fleeting plan in its annual report, signalling a slight slow-down in growth and changes in delivery and retirement dates.
Wizz Air Holdings now plans to operate 131 aircraft at the end of March 2021 across all of its AOCs, down from 134 in the previous plan, deferring deliveries of one A320neo and two A321neo. At the end of March 2022, it plans to operate 150 aircraft compared to the previously anticipated 163. It intends to have 22 fewer A321neo than in its original strategy but will instead take seven more A320neo while retiring two less A320-200s than planned.
Wizz Air wants to reach 295 aircraft by the end of March 2027, as previously planned, although the target composition of the fleet has changed with five A320neo replaced by A321neo.
The carrier continues to work on the launch of its newest subsidiary Wizz Air Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi Int'l).
"Before the end of June, we are planning on launching the airline commercially. We would still expect the airline to become operational sometime in October. And as a matter of fact, we have been upping our game in Abu Dhabi, increasing the initial fleet size from three aircraft to six aircraft in the first six months," Váradi said.
He added that Wizz Air Abu Dhabi plans to grow to 50 aircraft over the next 10 years. In a webinar during the virtual edition of the Arabian Travel Market, he said that within the next 15 years, the airline could have up to 100 aircraft serving the wider Gulf area.
"You should be looking at our platform, not necessarily just Abu Dhabi, we want to serve the UAE and possibly the broader GCC markets," Váradi said.

Airbus Updates No.2684

IndiGo Airlines seeks to phase-out A320-200s

IndiGo Airlines (6E, Delhi Int'l) is planning to phase-out its 122 remaining A320-200s shortly, possibly accelerating their retirement, as it seeks to use the COVID-19 pandemic to push towards a more efficient, all neo narrowbody fleet.
"We see an opportunity here to make the fleet more efficient. Particularly with the old classic ceos, which incur maintenance costs, which you know have been a real problem for us all through the year. We're going to return them as rapidly as possible and therefore reduce our maintenance costs," Chief Executive Ronojoy Dutta said during the carrier's quarterly investor call.
According to the ch-aviation fleets ownership module, all of IndiGo Airlines' A320-200s are dry-leased. Dutta underlined that the LCC has relatively short-term lease contracts and was due to return most of the aircraft in the coming years anyway. In the case of high demand, it could evaluate extending the leases, but in the current downturn, this will surely not happen.
Dutta underlined that the airline will seek to avoid any confrontation with the lessors and will not push for early termination of leases, choosing instead to return the aircraft as scheduled. The airline has been retiring A320s over the past months, having phased out eight units since the end of March 2019.
"We will return them in their scheduled time, and if we have mutually agreed upon it, we may do it a little faster," he said.
For the time being, the airline will use the A320-200s only "when necessary" with the bulk of its reduced schedule flown on A320-200neo and A321-200neo narrowbodies.
Dutta added that IndiGo Airlines would not stop taking deliveries of new A320neo Family aircraft. The airline already operates 100 A320neo and thirteen A321neo, and has a further 230 and 383 units of the respective types on firm order from Airbus, the ch-aviation fleets advanced module shows. IndiGo Airlines also operates twenty-five ATR72-600s.

Thursday, 4 June 2020

Airbus Updates No.2683

 Airbus A320  -251N  9534    B-30F2  Zhejiang Loong Airlines  delivery 31may20 TSN-HGH  ex B-000D
 Airbus A320  -271N  9586    HA-LJA  Wizz Air  delivery 29may20 TLS-BUD  ex F-WWBQ
 Airbus A321  -231  1421    LY-NVU  Avion Express  ferried 01jun20 AMM-KUN after storage (+ 3334 LY-VED AMM-VNO)  ex OE-IBD
 Airbus A321  -251NX  8830    4X-AGN  Arkia Israeli Airlines  ferried 26-27may20 TLV-SNN-BOS-TUS on return to lessor  ex D-AVXR
 Airbus A321  -251NX  9289    HL8394  Air Busan  for delivery 02-03jun20 XFW-OVB-ICN  ex D-AZAC
 Airbus A330  ‑343(F)  777    M-BLGR  Bellinger Asset Mgmnt  ferried 28may20 DRS-MLA, for paint into DHL cs, for EAT Leipzig  ex B-6126
 Airbus A380  -861  115    F-HPJI  Air France  ferried 28may20 CDG-LDE for onward storage  ex F-WWSL
 Airbus Canada A220  -371  55083    C-GJXY  Air Canada  delivery 29may20 YMX-YUL

Airbus Updates No.2682

 Airbus A319 -114 572   C-FYNS Air Canada Rouge ferried 29may20 YYZ-MZJ for storage (+ 634 C-FYIY, + 656 C-FYJE) ex D-AVYK
 Airbus A319 -114 688   C-FYJP Air Canada Rouge ferried 29may20 YYZ-MZJ for storage (+ 829 C-GBIJ, + 845 C-GBIN)  ex D-AVYJ
 Airbus A319 -112 2251   CC-AFZ Sky Airline ferried 28-30may20 SCL-PTY-PHX-MZJ ex G-EZEP
 Airbus A319 -111 2870   EC-NHP Volotea Airlines ferried 29may20 WOE-LJU, OE-reg prior delivery  ex OE-IIN
 Airbus A319 -132 3128   D-AGWE Eurowings ferried 01jun20 NWI-DUS after paint into standard cs  ex D-AVXB
 Airbus A319 -132 3534   D-AGWL Eurowings ferried 01jun20 BUD-NWI for paint into standard cs ex D-AVWB
 Airbus A320 -211 94   D-AIPL Lufthansa ferried 03jun20 MUC-LETL for part-out & scrap (+ 111 D-AIPR SXF-LETL) ex F-WWDR
 Airbus A320 -214 1390   VP-CAW AS Air Lease  ferried 02jun20 LFBF-CDT, for part-out & scrap ex UR-AJD
 Airbus A320 -214 1578   OE-ION Celestial Aviation regd 27may20, parked at OSR ex ES-SAT
 Airbus A320 -214 1657   OE-IOP Celestial Aviation  regd 28may20, parked at OSR (+ 2123 OE-IOQ ex ES-SAV ex ES-SAU
 Airbus A320 -232 2838   OE-LOZ LaudaMotion ferried 28may20 VIE-STR (+ 3147 OE-LOA, + 3206 OE-LOR) ex PR-MBD
 Airbus A320 -214 2930   XA-EBA Interjet ferried 01jun20 MEX-SFB-LCQ on return to lessor  ex EI-EYR
 Airbus A320 -214 2994   OE-LOI LaudaMotion ferried 04jun20 STN-VIE ex RP-C3242
 Airbus A320 -214 3153   OE-LOS LaudaMotion ferried 04jun20 VIE-STN  ex B-6315
 Airbus A320 -232 3162   YR- Animawings in full cs at EMA 03jun20 after paint, SX-reg prior delivery and transfer ex SX-DGI
 Airbus A320 -232 3270   OE-IHD LaudaMotion ferried 29may20 VIE-DUS (+ 4603 OE-LMG, + 5140 OE-LMJ)  ex AP-BLN
 Airbus A320 -214 3631   VP-CBM Celestial Aviation regd 25may20, parked at SJO (+ 3644 VP-CBQ ex XA-AYO) ex XA-BIG
 Airbus A320 -214 4941   N294NV Allegiant Air feried 28may20 LCQ-BQN prior delivery  ex N628AC
 Airbus A320 -214 5665   VP-CDD LAF Leasing regd 25may20, parked at SJO (+ 5878 VP-CDI at TUS ex XA-LHG) ex XA-JMA
 Airbus A320 -251N 9434   B-30DG China Southern delivery 27may20 TSN-SZX ex B-007G

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Airbus Updates No.2681


MOBILE, ALABAMA, US - The first Airbus A220 jet assembled at the Mobile plant in Alabama carried its maiden flight on 2 June. The aircraft is destined for the U.S. carrier Delta Air Lines. The flight marks a remarkable milestone for Airbus.

The European planemaker has begun to assemble A220s in the U.S. in 2019. Airbus also assembles A320 family jets in Mobile.

Airbus acquired the majority stake in Bombardier's A220 program in 2018. The program, which was known as Bombardier CSeries, ran into some marketing problems due to the tariffs imposed by the US authorities. Boeing had filed a complaint about Bombardier claiming unfair government subsidies. Bombardier and Airbus finalized the sale of the program in July 2018.

The first US-made Airbus A220 makes its maiden flight on 2 June 2020. Source: Airbus

The Mobile plant was first established by Airbus  to bypass US tariffs on A220 imports, but the tariff was lifted by a higher American court in 2018. JetBlue is another American carrier that expects to receive A220 jets assembled in Alabama. The airline has 70 A220-300 variants on order from Airbus.

Delta is the only Airbus A220 operator in the United States with 31 A220-100s in Service. The carrier will take delivery of 64 A220s more over time, including 14 A220-100s and 50 A220-300s.

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Airbus Updates No.2680


AIRBUS A220-300 (2)

Air Canada (2) C-GJXW - C-GJWY


Tibet Airlines (1) B-30ER


Pegasus Airlines (2) TC-NCL - TC-NCN

ALG Acquisitions (1) VP-CCQ

China Southern (1) B-30DG

Easyjet (1) G-UZLL

Zhejiang Loong Airlines (1) B-30F2


Hawaiian Airlines (1) N230HA

Easyjet Europe (1) OE-ISE

AIRBUS A350-900 (1)

Japan Airlines (1) JA06XJ

Friday, 29 May 2020

Airbus Updates No.2679

ANA Delays the Delivery of its Third Airbus A380 for Six Months

Toulouse, France - The Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) pushed back the delivery of its third Airbus A380 aircraft due to the ongoing global crisis.

ANA had ordered three Airbus A380s. All of them are finished and two of them already joined the long-haul fleet of All Nippon Airways.

On Marck 27, ANA's third A380 took off from the Airbus facilities in Hamburg-Finkenwerder for a test flight of almost one and a half hours.

ANA planned to receive the third A380 in April, with commercial flights due to begin in May. But the airline has suspended the connection to Hawaii, part of its decision to cut 85% of international flights in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

"The Japanese airline industry as a whole could lose about 2 trillion yen ($18.6 billion) in revenue,"

an ANA executive said.

Parent company ANA Holdings ordered three Airbus A380 airliners in 2016. The first two planes entered service last year, ferrying passengers to Honolulu.

Likened to a flying hotel, the 520-seat A380 doubles the carrying capacity of ANA's existing jets. ANA aims to use the three double-decker planes to cut into rival Japan Airlines' high market share in flights to Hawaii.

Airbus Updates No.2678

SAS to Push Back Delivery of Airbus A320neos

Toulouse, France - Scandinavia's flag carrier SAS has agreed with the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus to delay the delivery of four A320neo jets.

The announcement came during the presentation of the airline's quarterly figures. According to the agreement, the delivery of the A320neo jets was pushed back to 2024 from 2022.

 “We continue our discussion on additional solutions,”

said Chief financial officer Torbjorn Wist.
SAS Scandinavian has 40 A320neo family jets on order, including three A321LRs, and holds options on a further 16. Additionally, the Scandinavian carrier has five A350-900s on order and holds six options.

SAS has also accelerated the retirement of older aircraft to shrink the fleet size in a lower-demand environment for air travel.

“We might be able to reach a one-type fleet faster than previously anticipated before the crisis,” 

Wist said.

The Scandinavian operator already decided to phase out its remaining Boeing 737s and older A320-family in an effort to become an all-Airbus operator.

The airline is currently operating A320neos on domestic routes in Norway and Sweden. They will also be deployed on selected European routes, while long-haul flights will “primarily” be operated with A330s and A350.

Airbus Updates No.2677

 Airbus A380  -861  115    F-HPJI  Air France  ferried 28may20 CDG-LDE for onward storage  ex F-WWSL
 Airbus A380  -841  163    G-XLEH  British Airways  posn 21may20 LHR-MNL  ex F-WWSM
 Airbus Canada A220  -371  55082    C-GJXW  Air Canada  delivery 23may20 YMX-YYZ