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Sunday, 17 February 2019

Airbus Updates No.2080

Air Belgium to resume scheduled Airbus A340 ops in late 1Q19

Air Belgium (KF, Brussels Charleroi) is planning to resume scheduled operations on March 31, 2019, with a 3x weekly service between Brussels Charleroi and Hong Kong Int'l.
The carrier has already launched ticket sales via its website. Flights will be operated with A340-300 equipment.
Air Belgium suspended its flights to Hong Kong on October 1, 2018, citing the non-fulfilment of obligations regarding pricing and traffic volume by its Chinese tour operator partner Utour. Subsequently, the airline touted flying to mainland China, specifically eyeing Zhengzhou. Although it inked a Letter of Intent with the government of the Henan province, so far the flights have not been launched.
During the Winter 2018/9 season, Air Belgium focusses on ACMI and charter services with its fleet of four A340-300s. One quadjet is currently wet-leased to British Airways (BA, London Heathrow) for London Heathrow-Dubai Int'l services, while the other three are parked.

Airbus Updates No.2079

 Airbus A321  -112  514    LZ-AWS  AWAS  seen regd at BRS 12feb19, basic Alitalia cs  ex I-BIXM
 Airbus A321  -211  2995    D-AGMA  (Germania)  ferried 17feb18 SXF-LCA on return to lessor  ex OE-LCL
 Airbus A321  -271NX  8629    ZK-NND  Air New Zealand  for delivery 19-22feb19 XFW-MCT-KUL-CNS-AKL  ex D-AVYL
 Airbus A321  -231  8644    HA-LTG  Wizz Air  delivery 14feb19 XFW-BUD  ex D-AVYO
 Airbus A321  -211  8763    N371DN  Delta Air Lines  delivery 14feb19 BFM-MCI  ex F-WZME
 Airbus A330  -243  265    EC-MJS  Wamos Air  posn 06feb19 MAD-BHX on wet-lease to Turkmenistan Airlines  ex G-EOMA
 Airbus A330  -343  777    TC-OCP  Onur Air  ferried 14feb19 SHA-LETL, M-reg prior delivery  ex M-BLGR
 Airbus A330  -243  868    A6-EYQ  Etihad Airways  ferried 16feb19 BEG-AUH after wet-lease to Air Serbia  ex F-WWYQ
 Airbus A330  -343  1665    LN-RKS  SAS  ferried 14feb19 SBD-CPH after repairs after incident 16jan19 at ORD  ex F-WWKQ
 Airbus A340  -313  332    EC-  Plus Ultra Lineas Aéreas  ferried 14feb19 CRK-MNL, RP-reg prior delivery  ex RP-C3437
 Airbus A340  -313  377    F-GLZU  Air France  ferried 12feb19 CDG-DGX, for part-out & scrap  
 Airbus A350  -941  273    OH-LWN  Finnair  delivery 13feb19 TLS-HEL  ex F-WZNE

Airbus Updates No.2078

Airbus A319 -111 2119   D-ASMF Sundair ferried 11-12feb19 SCL-ARI-MEX, CC-reg prior delivery  ex CC-AHC
 Airbus A319 -115 2762   D-ASTO (Germania) ferried 16feb19 NUE-FJR ex B-6229
 Airbus A319 -112 2774   D-ASTN (Germania) ferried 15-16feb19 XFW-NUE-FJR ex B-6230
 Airbus A319 -112 2913  JY- Royal Jordanian ferried 12-13feb19 DME-LED-WOE, EI-reg prior delivery  ex EI-EZD
 Airbus A319 -132 5467   D-AGWV Eurowings ferried 12feb19 EMA-CGN after paint ex D-AVYM
 Airbus A320 -214 1041   2-EAHE Aircastle ferried 15-16feb19 SNN-BGR-GYR, for part-out & scrap  ex XU-802
 Airbus A320 -232 2173   F-WTDD Azur Aviation ferried 17-19feb19 AKL-PPG-HNL-YEG-KEF-TLS-LFBF  ex ZK-OJG
 Airbus A320 -214 2807   EC-JSK Iberia Express last in svc 12feb19 SCQ-MAD prior retun to lessor  ex F-WWIN
 Airbus A320 -232 2838   OE- LaudaMotion in full cs at SJO 15feb19, PR-reg prior delivery ex PR-MBD
 Airbus A320 -214 3293   EC-MUK Iberia Express ferried / first in svc 05/13feb19 PMI-MAD-SVQ after paint and transfer  ex G-ZBAU
 Airbus A320 -214 3540   D-ABHA Eurowings ferried 15feb19 STR-EMA, Air Berlin cs, for paint  ex PR-MHV
 Airbus A320 -214 4187   HB-JJN Edelweiss Air ferried 13feb19 ZRH-NWI for paint ex OE-LOG
 Airbus A320 -271N 8038   N912NK Spirit Airlines delivery 15feb19 TLS-KEF-DTW ex F-WXAW
 Airbus A320 -271N 8683   EC-NCG Vueling delivery 13feb19 XFW-BCN ex D-AUAA
 Airbus A320 -251N 8691   CC-AZH Sky Airline delivery 14-16feb19 XFW-KEF-CHS-IQQ-SCL  ex D-AUBL
 Airbus A320 -251N 8693   CC-AZG Sky Airline delivery 12-14feb19 TLS-KEF-CHS-IQQ-SCL  ex D-AUBM
 Airbus A320 -251N 8698   B-306P Spring Airlines delivery 14feb19 XFW-SVX ex D-AUBN
 Airbus A320 -271N 8708   D-AINT Lufthansa delivery 14feb19 TLS-SXF ex F-WWIA
 Airbus A320 -232 8730   CC-AWI JetSmart delivery 12-13feb19 XFW-LPA-REC-SCL "Zorro Culpeo" ex D-AXAD
 Airbus A320 -216 8746   JA03DJ AirAsia Japan delivery 13-14feb19 TLS-DWC-UTP-NGO  ex F-WWBB

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Airbus Updates No.2077


Airbus A380-800 [F-WWSH / JA381A]

Airbus Updates No.2076

Airbus and Emirates reach agreement on A380 fleet, sign new widebody orders 
  • Emirates to reduce its A380 orderbook by 39 aircraft
  • Orders 40 A330neo and 30 A350s
  • Last delivery of A380 scheduled for 2021
Following a review of its operations, and in light of developments in aircraft and engine technologies, Emirates is reducing its A380 orderbook from 162 to 123 aircraft. Emirates will take delivery of 14 further A380s over the next two years. As a consequence and given the lack of order backlog with other airlines, Airbus will cease deliveries of the A380  in 2021.
Emirates has also decided to continue growing with Airbus’ newest generation, flexible widebody aircraft, ordering 40 A330-900 and 30 A350-900 aircraft.
“As a result of this decision we have no substantial A380 backlog and hence no basis to sustain production, despite all our sales efforts with other airlines in recent years. This leads to the end of A380 deliveries in 2021,” said Airbus Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders. “The consequences of this decision are largely embedded in our 2018 full year results”.
“The A380 is not only an outstanding engineering and industrial achievement. Passengers all over the world love to fly on this great aircraft. Hence today’s announcement is painful for us and the A380 communities worldwide. But, keep in mind that A380s will still roam the skies for many years to come and Airbus will of course continue to fully support the A380 operators,” Tom Enders added.
“The A380 is Emirates’ flagship and has contributed to the airline’s success for more than ten years. As much as we regret the airline’s position, selecting the A330neo and A350 for its future growth is a great endorsement of our very competitive widebody aircraft family,” said Guillaume Faury, President of Airbus Commercial Aircraft and future Airbus CEO. “Going forward, we are fully committed to deliver on the longstanding confidence Emirates is placing in Airbus.”
Airbus will start discussions with its social partners in the next few weeks regarding the 3,000 to 3,500 positions potentially impacted over the next three years. However, the ongoing A320 ramp-up and the new widebody order from Emirates Airline will offer a significant number of internal mobility opportunities.

Airbus Updates No.2075

Airbus to end A380 production in 2021, Emirates cuts order

Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) has announced it will end the production of A380-800s in 2021 as the programme's last remaining customer, Emirates (EK, Dubai Int'l), has reduced its order by thirty-nine units.
The Emirati carrier reduced its order for A380s from 162 to 123 units and will take the delivery of the remaining fourteen aircraft over the next two years.
"As a result of this decision we have no substantial A380 backlog and hence no basis to sustain production, despite all our sales efforts with other airlines in recent years. This leads to the end of A380 deliveries in 2021," said Airbus CEO Tom Enders.
Besides the fourteen outstanding units for Emirates, Airbus is also nearing the delivery of three A380s for ANA - All Nippon Airways. The manufacturer's order book also includes twenty units for Amedeo, although it is not certain if the lessor will take the aircraft.
Simultaneously with the cut in its A380 order, Emirates signed a commitment for forty A330-900s and thirty A350-900s. Currently, the carrier does not operate any other Airbus type other than the A380 and has no outstanding orders with the manufacturer for A330s or A350s.
Airbus said it will shortly start talks with 3,000-3,500 staff members whose positions are related to the A380 programme.
"The ongoing A320 ramp-up and the new widebody order from Emirates Airline will offer a significant number of internal mobility opportunities," the European manufacturer said in a statement.
The termination of the A380 programme will effectively mean the end of passenger quadjet production as Boeing has no outstanding orders for its B747-8.

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Airbus Updates No.2074

Lufthansa to wet-lease A220s from airBaltic in Summer 2019

Lufthansa (LH, Frankfurt Int'l) will wet-lease in A220-300 capacity from airBaltic (BT, Riga) during the upcoming Summer 2019 season.
According to Routes Online, the twinjets will be deployed into service from March 31, 2019, onwards on the following routes out of Munich:
Of the Lufthansa Group of carriers, Swiss has so far taken delivery of eight out of ten A220-100s as well as twenty A220-300s.

Friday, 8 February 2019

Airbus Updates No.2073

Qantas scrubs remaining A380 orders

Qantas (QF, Sydney Kingsford Smith) has announced it has cancelled the eight A380-800s it still has on order from Airbus.
“Following discussions with Airbus, Qantas has now formalised its decision not to take eight additional A380s that were ordered in 2006,” a Qantas spokesman said in a statement. “These aircraft have not been part of the airline’s fleet and network plans for some time.”
In light of the cancellation, Qantas said it will instead upgrade its existing fleet of twelve A380s, beginning later this year.
Qantas operates its A380s in a 484-seat configuration. They are deployed on flights from Sydney Kingsford Smith and Melbourne Tullamarine to Singapore Changi, Hong Kong Int'l, Los Angeles Int'l, Dallas/Fort Worth, and London Heathrow.

Airbus Updates No.2072

Delta commences A220 revenue operations

Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson) deployed its fleet of A220-100s into revenue service on Thursday, February 7, following a week-long delay brought on by the recent US government shutdown.
The airline had originally intended to deploy the type into service on January 31 but was forced to delay that date as no US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials were available to complete the type's addition to Delta's OpSpecs.
The airline said in a statement that its first official service with the A220-100 was as flight DL744 between New York La Guardia and Boston conducted by N102DU (msn 50021).
"We have big plans for this aircraft," Chuck Imhof, Vice President - New York and Sales, East, said. "It will be an integral part of our future domestic fleet and will deliver an experience our customers will look forward to every time they fly."
ch-aviation research shows Delta has four A220s in active service at present time. It has a further thirty-six on order from C Series Aircraft coupled with fifty A220-300s.

Airbus Updates No.2071

 Airbus A320  -232  3010    TC-JPG  Turkish Airlines  ferried 02feb18 IST-KEF-RFD, Bamboo Airways cs, ntu?  ex F-WWBJ
 Airbus A320  -232  3012    VN-A559  Jetstar Pacific  ferried 03feb19 HAN-CGK prior return to lessor  ex EI-EYD
 Airbus A320  -214  3286    XA-MXM  Interjet  ferried 06feb19 TLC-MCO-LCQ, for Air Canada Rouge  ex F-WWDR
 Airbus A320  -232  3743    XU-  Lanmei Airlines  delivery 01-03/06feb19 MTY-TIJ-HNL-MAJ-GUM-HKG-PNH, regd at HKG  ex XA-VAH
 Airbus A320  -214  4269    OE-LOE  Laudamotion  ferried 04feb19 VIE-LCA prior return to lessor (+ 4329 OE-LOF)  ex D-ABFE
 Airbus A320  -214  6103    LV-HVS  Avianca Argentina  ferried 02-03feb19 AEP-NAT-SID-LDE on return to lessor  ex PR-ONY
 Airbus A320  -271N  8674    EC-NCF  Vueling  delivery 04feb19 XFW-BCN  ex D-AUAV
 Airbus A320  -232  8696    N695NK  Spirit Airlines  delivery 01feb19 BFM-DTW  ex F-WZMC
 Airbus A320  -251N  8731    CC-AZJ  Sky Airline  delivery 06-08feb19 TLS-KEF-CHS-PTY-SCL  ex F-WWBS
 Airbus A321  -211  4500    C-GEZO  Air Transat  delivery 07feb19 KUN-KEF-YUL  ex VQ-BHM
 Airbus A321  -211  6210    C-GHQG  Air Canada  delivery 03feb19 KEF-YMX (+ 6232 C-GHQI 04feb19 ex TF-DAD)  ex TF-MOM
 Airbus A321  -272N  8699    VN-A621  Vietnam Airlines  delivery 05-06feb19 XFW-GYD-LHE-HAN  ex D-AVYP
 Airbus A330  ‑243(F)  709    SU-GCJ  EgyptAir Cargo  re-delivery 02feb19 DRS-CAI afterP2F-conversion, prior paint  ex F-WWKK
 Airbus A330  -223  946    EI-GCU  I-Fly  ferried 07feb19 TLV-VKO after storage since 27may18  ex VN-A383
 Airbus A330  -343  997    CS-TOU  TAP Air Portugal  ferried 26jan19 LIS-GIG prior delivery to Air Canada  ex 9V-STD
 Airbus A350  -1041  262    B-LXI  Cathay Pacific  delivery 02feb19 TLS-HKG  ex F-WZFB
 Airbus A350  -941  276    9V-SHC  Singapore Airlines  delivery 02feb19 TLS-SIN  ex F-WZGV