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Friday, 27 March 2020

Airbus Updates No.2583

Airbus A330  -203  819    F-WTAV  Regio Lease?  seen regd at SNN 26mar20 (+ 900 F-WTAU ex TC-AGF)  ex TC-AGD
 Airbus A330  ‑243F  1032    EI-HEE  ASL Airlines Ireland  posn / in svc / ferried 21-22mar20 TLV-LEJ-EMA-DUB after transfer  ex D-ALMC
 Airbus A330  -243F  1414    B-LDP  Air Hong Kong  re-regd 20mar20 at HKG on transfer  ex EI-HED
 Airbus A340  -642  622    G-VNAP  Virgin Atlantic Airways  ferried 24mar20 PIK-BOH for onward storage (+ 736 G-VWIN, + 753 G-VFIT)  ex F-WWCE

Airbus Updates No.2582

Airbus A319 -112 4663   LY-KIT GetJet Airlines ferried 25mar20 VNO-SQQ for onward storage (+ 3139 LY-RAM 26mar20) ex D-ASTA
 Airbus A320 -232  928   LY-COB GetJet Airlines ferried 25mar20 KUN-SQQ for storage (+ 2029 LY-OWL) ex OE-IBH
 Airbus A320 -251N 10038   N370FR Frontier Airlines delivery 17mar20 TLS-KEF-BOS “Elrey the Elk” ex F-WWDC
 Airbus A320 -214 1162   XA-INJ Interjet ferried 24mar20 GDL-TUS-GYR on return to lessor (+ 3690 XA-ABC CUN-TUS-GYR)  ex F-WQUV
 Airbus A320 -232 2029   LY-OWL GetJet Airlines ferried 22-23mar20 YYZ-KEF-KUN after wet-lease to Sunwing Airlines  ex OE-IHQ
 Airbus A320 -232 2173   LY-NVW Avion Express ferried 23mar20 CHR-VNO ex F-WTDD
 Airbus A320 -232 2457   LZ-BHM BH Air ferried 25mar20 DEL-SOF after wet-lease to SpiceJet (+ 2987 LZ-BHL)  ex VT-IDU
 Airbus A320 -232 2787   VH-VQG Jetstar Airways ferried 25mar20 BNE-AVV for onward storage  ex F-WWBV
 Airbus A320 -232 3437   HL7769 Asiana Airlines ferried 24-25mar20 ICN-CTS-ANC-GYR on return to lessor  ex F-WWDX
 Airbus A320 -214 3891   TC-FHY FreeBird Airlines ferried 17mar20 HAN-DEL-AYT after wet-lease to Bamboo Airways (+ 5096 TC-FBO, + 5673 TC-FHN)  ex CS-TKO
 Airbus A320 -214 4304   XA-ING Interjet ferried 26mar20 MEX-TUS-GYR on return to lessor (+ 4411 XA-SUN,+ 5358 XA-WAB MEX-TUS-CNO) ex OE-IAY
 Airbus A320 -251N 7523   XA-JRM Interjet ferried 24mar20 CUN-TUS-GYR on return to lessor (+ 7576 XA-APO MEX-TUS-GYR)  ex F-WWBC
 Airbus A320 -251N 7581   XA-APA Interjet ferried 26mar20 MEX-TUS-GYR on return to lessor  ex F-WWIC
 Airbus A320 -251N 8970   XA-WJS Interjet ferried 19mar20 MEX-TLC-SJO on return to lessor (+ 9056 XA-ARG TLC-SJO) ex F-WWBM
 Airbus A320 -251N 9337   B-30DD Spring Airlines delivery 23mar20 TSN-PVG ex B-000N
 Airbus A320 -251N 9554   OE-ILD Avolon Leasing ferried 26mar20 LFBF-SNN for paint into? ex F-WWDR
 Airbus A321 -231 6126   N931JT jetBlue delivery 21mar20 QLA-KEF-BOS-TPA by Azur Aviation ex G-TCVD
 Airbus A321 -211 7879  XA-TEA Interjet ferried 26mar20 MEX-TUS-CNO on return to lessor (+ 7833 XA-ZEN, + 7903 XA-PAT) ex D-AVZR
 Airbus A321 -251N 7986   XA-MAP Interjet ferried 25mar20 MEX-TUS-GYR on return to lessor (+ 8023 XA-VMM, + 8575 XA-PGA) ex D-AVYM
 Airbus A321 -271NX 9376   TC-LSU Turkish Airlines for delivery late-mar20 XFW-IST ex D-AVXO

Airbus Updates no.2581

Airbus A320neo overbooking will help steer Airbus through crisis

Airbus believes its policy of overbooking orders will give the airframer a degree of flexibility to manage the impact of the coronavirus crisis on its production and delivery processes.
Chief executive Guillaume Faury says the single-aisle backlog, over 6,200 A320-family jets, includes a “significant level” of overbooking which is “providing a cushion for deliveries”.
While Airbus is not detailing its “recipe” for overbooking, in terms of the proportion across any particular time period, Faury points out that the A320neo’s entry into service was managed through the policy.
The engine problems which subsequently affected deliveries, along with the delays in ramp-up – particularly with the Cabin-Flex version of the A321neo – have resulted in Airbus’s accumulating “quite a significant number of aircraft in overbooking”, says Faury.
“That’s now very helpful,” he adds.
A320neo assembly
Airbus has over 6,200 A320-family jets in its backlog
He says that deliberate overbooking has previously enabled Airbus to “dampen the effect” on deliveries during a number of different occurrences, including crises with in the industry, although none as deep as the coronavirus situation.
“We anticipate that this is going to happen again with this [crisis] on the A320neo,” says Faury.
As airlines revisit capital expenditure plans, he states, the quality and size of the backlog will serve as a “shock-absorber”, adding that Airbus will have a “high degree” of flexibility given its contractual rights, in the event of deferral or cancellation, to withhold pre-delivery payments, re-allocate slots, or remarket aircraft.

Airbus Updates No.2580

Airbus temporarily cuts wing production at UK and German sites

Airbus is to roll back wing production at its UK and German plants, to bring wing supply into line with demand at its final assembly lines.
Production at its UK wing sites at Broughton and Filton, as well as its high-lift operation in Bremen, will be reduced for three weeks, the airframer says.
The UK workforce will be put on an extended Easter holiday break while Bremen personnel will adapt to a shorter working week.
Airbus stresses that the plants will remain open to ensure that wing deliveries continue to the airframer’s assembly lines, and to maintain control over the component supply chain, ahead of the resumption of activity. Remote working will be introduced where appropriate.
A350 wings Broughton
Source: Airbus
A350 wings being loaded onto an A300-600ST at Broughton
The manufacturer had previously suspended production, for several days, at its French and Spanish sites – but not Germany or the UK – as the coronavirus crisis resulted in governments introducing compliance measures to counter the contagion.
It says it “partially resumed” production and assembly work in France and Spain on 23 March.
Airbus says it is adapting UK and German wing production after reviewing completed stock levels at the wing facilities and comparing it with the demand from final assembly lines.
Final assembly of commercial aircraft within Europe is carried out in Toulouse and Hamburg. Wings are manufactured in China for its Tianjin assembly line, while wings are also transferred to the US assembly site in Mobile.
The airframer has been working to contain the impact of coronavirus on its production and delivery schedule, after interruptions to Chinese deliveries earlier this year and the subsequent dramatic cuts in capacity introduced by European and US carriers.
Airbus has not detailed the impact on production rates for specific models, although chief executive Guillaume Faury acknowledged that the coronavirus crisis is particularly affecting long-haul travel owing to international and intercontinental restrictions.
Long-haul aircraft production, he pointed out, had already been under pressure from lower market demand, while Airbus’s single-aisle backlog and output had remained strong.
Faury says the airframer is not prioritising production flow levels but instead concentrating on maintaining stability and meeting compliance requirements.
“The company has carried out extensive work in co-ordination with its social partners to ensure the health and safety of its employees by implementing stringent health and safety measures, while securing business continuity,” Airbus says.
It adds that it is “continuing to evaluate” production flow given the changes in working practices required to meet new health and safety rules.
“Airbus needs to continue its activities to support the global crisis efforts, support customers, suppliers and the global economy,” it states.

Airbus Updates No.2579

Mexico's AeroUnion ends A300B4 freighter operations

AeroUnion (6R, México City Int'l) phased-out its last A300B4(F) in early February before selling it to an unnamed airline in Georgia, Skyliner Magazine has reported.
XA-LRL (msn 210) operated its last flight from Guadalajara to México City Int'l on February 3, 2020. It was subsequently ferried via Bangor, Reykjavik Keflavik, and Burgas to Tbilisi over the course of February 11-13 and has remained in storage at the Georgian gateway since then, Flightradar24 ADS-B data shows.
At the peak of its A300B4(F) operations, AeroUnion had five such aircraft in its fleet. The penultimate, XA-FPP (msn 227), was retired on September 1, 2019.
AeroUnion was not available for comment.
The Mexican cargo specialist is partially-owned by TAMPA Cargo (QT, Medellín José Maria Córdova), which, in turn, is a subsidiary of Avianca Holdings. According to the ch-aviation fleets advanced module, it continues to operate three A300-600(F)s and two B767-200(F)s.
In Georgia, AMS Airlines (GEO, Tbilisi) has four (inactive) A300s of which two are A300B4-203(F)s. Kyrgyz Airlines Plus (Bishkek), a Kyrgyz start-up, also owns one A300B4-203(F) which is on the Georgian register.

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Airbus Updates No.2578



Wizzair UK Airbus A320


Virgin Atlantic Airbus A330



British Airways Airbus A319


British Airways Airbus A320


British Airways Airbus A321


Virgin Atlantic Airbus A340



Delta Airlines Airbus A321

N351DN - N357DN - N349DX - N307DX - N347DN - N355DN - N310DN
N362DN - N311DN - N363DN - N364DX -N309DN - N312DN - N366DX

Delta Airlines Airbus A330

N826NW - N830NW


InterJet Airbus A320



American Airlines Airbus A319

N4005X - N417AN


United Airlines Airbus A319



Allegiant Airbus A320


Allegiant Airbus A319


Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Airbus Updates No.2577

Bhutan's Drukair takes first A320neo

Drukair (KB, Paro) took delivery of its first A320-200neo, A5-JKW (msn 9595), on March 18, 2020, Skyliner Aviation has reported.
The Airbus narrowbody was ferried from Toulouse Blagnac via Delhi Int'l to Paro but has yet to be deployed into revenue service given government restrictions on foreigners entering the country as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
The Bhutanese flag carrier has so far been limited to smaller narrowbodies due to extreme terrain restrictions at Paro which excluded the operation of A320ceo. The airline's current fleet includes three A319-100s and one ATR42-600. Its rival Bhutan Airlines (B3, Paro) operates two A319-100s.
Drukair has yet to file schedules for the A320neo. The airline uses its A319-100s to serve Bagdogra, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Delhi, Dhaka, Guwahati, Kathmandu, Kolkata Int'l, and Singapore Changi.
The two Bhutanese airlines are the only carriers operating scheduled flights to and within Bhutan. Foreign airlines are not permitted to serve the secluded Himalayan kingdom.