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Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Airbus Updates No.249

 Airbus A321 -211 4728   D-ABCH Air Berlin delivery 31may11 XFW-TXL ex D-AVZF

 Airbus A330 -343 1205   A6-AFD Etihad Airways delivery 31may11 TLS-AUH ex F-WWKN

Monday, 30 May 2011

Airbus Updates No.248

Airbus A300 -622R 637   D-AEAI EAT Leipzig ferried 30may11 LDE-DRS, N-reg, basic JAL cs, for conversion ex N3740
 Airbus A300 -622R 729   D-AEAQ EAT Leipzig ferried 30may11 LDE-DRS, N-reg, basic JAL cs, for conversion ex N3729

Airbus A320 -211 191   S5-AAT Adria Airways in svc 29may11 LJU-MUC-LJU in retro livery »50 years with you« ex CS-TNB

Airbus A320 -231 327   VT-EVQ Air India ferried 29-30may11 DEL-ESB-LDE, Indian Airlines cs, on return to lessor  ex G-OOAC
Airbus A320 -214 724   YL-LCI smartLynx Airlines seen regd 29may11 at BUD, Aegean titl & tail logo prior delivery ex F-WTAO

Airbus A320 -233 4690   7O-AFB Yemenia delivery 30may11 TLS-SAH ex F-WWBO
 Airbus A320 -214 4712   VQ-BKT Aeroflot delivery 30may11 TLS-SVO ex F-WWBR

Airbus A330 -243 401   G-WWBD bmi - British Midland  ferried 28may11 HAM-LHR after paint into standard cs ex F-WWKN

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Airbus Updates No.247

Airbus A319 -115ACJ 3994   A7-MHH Qatar Amiri Flight delivery 28may11 TLS-LBG after VIP cabin configuration ex F-WJKO

today hopefully will finally see this happen after two days worth of delays

 Airbus A320 -211 311   YL-LCE smartLynx Airlines  in svc 27may11 VNO-BCN-VNO in full Small Planet Airways cs  ex F-HDCE

Airbus A320 -231 415   SX-SMV Viking Hellas delivery 27may11 MIA-SMA-ATH in basic cs, N-reg  ex N301LF
 Airbus A320 -231 428   N428MX ACG Acquisitions ferried 27may11 MEX-TUS-GYR, Mexicana cs ex EI-TLG

Airbus A320 -214 4712   VQ-BKT Aeroflot delivery 27may11 TLS-SVO ex F-WWBR

Airbus A321 -232 4719   B-6742 Air China delivery 28may11 XFW-OVB-PEK  ex D-AVZE

Friday, 27 May 2011

Airbus Updates No.246

easyJet takes delivery of its 200th Airbus aircraft

Europe’s largest Airbus Single Aisle operator keeps growing

easyJet, have marked becoming the world’s youngest and quickest airline to reach a fleet of 200 Airbus aircraft at a ceremony in Toulouse. Carolyn McCall, easyJet CEO, Jean-Paul Ebanga, CFM International President and CEO, and Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO were present at the event.

To celebrate the 200th Airbus, easyJet and Airbus unveiled an A320 in a unique all orange colour scheme. Its maiden flight with passengers from Toulouse for Paris and then onto London was appropriately given flight number EZY200.

“Our ambition is to become Europe’s preferred airline.  We’re already Britain’s’ biggest – carrying more passengers than the others put together.  We aim to Turn Europe Orange and the special livery on our 200th aircraft embodies that ambition!,’ said Carol Carolyn McCall, easyJet CEO

“The tremendous success achieved by easyJet in growing to be one of Europe’s major carriers, and one of Airbus’ top A320 Family customers in just eight years is unique and impressive. We congratulate easyJet and thank their management for the loyalty and support they have given to Airbus, and we are looking forward to continuing our excellent cooperation in the future,” said Tom Enders

easyJet already operates the world’s largest fleet of A319s with over 166 in service today. Including their A320s, which have recently joined the fleet, the airline has grown to be Europe’s largest A320 Family operator. Since easyJet took delivery of its first Airbus aircraft (an A319) in September 2003, Airbus has delivered an aircraft on average every 14 days over the last eight years.

With over 7,000 aircraft ordered, and more than 4,600 aircraft delivered to over 330 customers and operators worldwide, the A320 Family is today the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft family. 

Airbus Updates No.245

Airbus A319 -115ACJ 3994   A7-MHH Qatar Amiri Flight for delivery 27may11 TLS-LHR after VIP cabin configuration  ex F-WJKO

delayed from 26th May

 Airbus A320 -214 415   N301LF ILFC ferried 27may11 MIA-SMA-ATH on delivery to?  ex ZA-RED

Airbus A320 -214 4714   F-HBNF Air France delivery 26may11 TLS-ORY ex F-WWBS

Airbus A320 -232 4716   HA-LWK Wizz delivery 26may11 TLS-BUD ex F-WWBT
 Airbus A320 -214 4721   G-EZUI easyJet delivery 25-26may11 XFW-TLS-ORY-LGW, special 200th Airbus all orange livery ex D-AUBI

Airbus A320 -214 4724   UK32018 Uzbekistan Airways delivery 27may11 XFW-TAS ex D-AUBK
 Airbus A320 -232 4726   B-6780 Shenzhen Airlines delivery 27may11 XFW-OVB ex D-AUBL

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Airbus Updates No.244

Airbus A319 -115ACJ 3994   A7-MHH Qatar Amiri Flight delivery 26may11 TLS-LHR after VIP cabin configuration  ex F-WJKO

Airbus A319 -111 4717   G-EZGK easyJet delivery 26may11 XFW-STN ex D-AVYT

Airbus A320 -211 359   YL-LCD smartLynx Airlines ferried 26may11 KBP-BRQ on summer-lease to Travel Service  ex C-FMSV

Airbus A320 -214 1751   VQ-BLO Ural Airlines at SNN 26may11 in full cs after paint prior delivery  ex 6Y-JMJ

Airbus Updates No.243

Airbus A319-100 [D-AHHA]
Airbus A320-200 [EC-KDG]

Airbus A319-100 [F-WJKO]

Airbus Updates No.242

Incident: Aegean A321 at Athens on May 22nd 2011, bird strike

By Simon Hradecky, created Monday, May 23rd 2011 12:26Z, last updated Monday, May 23rd 2011 12:26Z
An Aegean Airbus A321-200, registration SX-DGA performing flight A3-618 from Athens (Greece) to Paris Charles de Gaulle (France) with 182 passengers, reported a bird strike upon takeoff from Athen's runway 03R but continued the climb. At FL160 the crew levelled off reporting an unusual sound, subsequently decided to return to Athens after burning off some fuel to get below maximum landing weight and landed safely on runway 03R about 55 minutes after departure.

A replacement Airbus A321-200 registration SX-DVO reached Paris with a delay of 3 hours
Incident: Singapore A388 near Amsterdam on May 20th 2011, electrical problems
By Simon Hradecky, created Monday, May 23rd 2011 09:12Z, last updated Monday, May 23rd 2011 12:38Z
A Singapore Airlines Airbus A380-800, registration 9V-SKD performing flight SQ-321 from London Heathrow,EN (UK) to Singapore (Singapore), was enroute at FL350 about 10nm east of Amsterdam (Netherlands) when the crew decided to return to London Heathrow where the aircraft landed over weight on runway 27R about 50 minutes later. The airplane burst 6 tyres upon landing.

Singapore Airlines reported: "SQ321 (London-Singapore), with over 400 passengers onboard, turned back to Heathrow Airport on 20 May 2011, after an electrical fault was detected. Six of the aircraft's tyres burst due to a heavy landing, but at no point was passenger safety at risk. Accommodation was provided to the affected passengers, and they were rebooked on other flights. The aircraft was later declared serviceable and was flown back to Singapore."

The incident aircraft departed for flight SQ-321D after about 20 hours on the ground in London.

Passenger Nick reported the lights on the right hand side of the cabin extinguished and the inflight entertainment system ceased. No unusual sounds, vibrations, jolts or smells were observed (although ground personnel the next day hinted there may have been an engine failure involved, Nick however rated the ground staff as unreliable source of information). The crew announced they had an electrical power failure and were returning to Heathrow as a precaution. Landing was smooth, the airplane taxied to a gate where the passengers disembarked normally through the L1 door.

Incident: Rossiya A320 near Chelyabinsk on May 22nd 2011, medical emergency

By Simon Hradecky, created Monday, May 23rd 2011 14:03Z, last updated Monday, May 23rd 2011 14:03Z
A Rossiya Airbus A320-200, registration VQ-BDQ performing flight FV-815 (dep May 21st) from Saint Petersburg (Russia) to Bishkek (Kyrgystan) with 141 passengers and 8 crew, was enroute near Chelyabinsk (Russia) when a female passenger suffered a fit and lost consciousness, a doctor on board suspected a possible epileptic fit. The crew diverted to Chelyabinsk for a safe landing, the woman was taken to a local hospital.

The airplane reached Bishkek with a delay of about 2 hours.

The hospital reported the woman on the way to recovery. An epilepsy related event has been ruled out, the exact cause of the fit is still to be determined.

Accident: South African A342 near Cape Town on May 23rd 2011, leaking cargo injures 5

By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, May 24th 2011 13:50Z, last updated Tuesday, May 24th 2011 13:50Z
A South African Airways Airbus A340-200, registration ZS-SLA performing flight SA-333 from Johannesburg to Cape Town (South Africa) with 231 people on board, was enroute about one hour prior to estimated landing in Cape Town when passengers began coughing inexplicably. The crew continued to Cape Town for a safe landing. Hazmat teams attended the aircraft after arrival, 5 people reported feeling ill, 3 of them were taken to a hospital.

The hazmat teams found some hazardeous cargo had spilled in the cargo compartment as result of not being properly secured into place causing chemical fumes to reach to the cabin.

South African Airways confirmed 2 crew members and one passenger were admitted to a local hospital.

Airbus Updates No.241

Incident: Jetblue A320 at New York on May 17th 2011, lightning strike

By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, May 19th 2011 16:31Z, last updated Thursday, May 19th 2011 16:32Z
A Jetblue Airbus A320-200, registration N583JB performing flight B6-180 (dep May 16th) from Phoenix,AZ to New York JFK,NY (USA) with 151 passengers and 5 crew, was on approach to New York's runway 04R descending through 13000 feet when the crew reported a lightning strike. A minute later the crew declared emergency reporting they now were smelling smoke in the cockpit and needed to land as soon as possible. The crew landed safely on runway 04R about 10 minutes later. After landing the crew reported the smell had dissipated, emergency services reported everything appeared normal, the aircraft began to taxi towards the apron when one of the fire trucks reported a suspicious line on the side of the fuselage causing suspicions of a possible crack. The line was also found on the other side of the fuselage and suspected to be part of an (old) paint scheme. The aircraft taxied to the apron.

The aircraft had been enroute at FL330 until abeam Albuquerque,NM then descended to FL260 for the remaining cruise portion of the flight.

Incident: Spanair A320 over Belgium on May 20th 2011, loss comm

By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, May 20th 2011 14:21Z, last updated Friday, May 20th 2011 14:21Z
A Spanair Airbus A320-200, registration EC-JJD performing flight JK-57 from Barcelona,SP (Spain) to Stockholm (Sweden), was enroute at FL360 over Belgium when radio communication between aircraft and air traffic control was lost after the airplane was handed off to Dutch ATC around 13:20L (11:20Z). Two Dutch F-16 fighter aircraft were dispatched to intercept the aircraft and were heard in the Netherlands by their sonic boom. After the fighter pilots established visual contact with the Spanair crew the Spanair pilots were able to restore radio contact. The airplane was escorted out of Dutch air space into German airspace and continued to Stockholm, where the aircraft landed safely on schedule.

Incident: Jetblue A320 over Atlantic on May 14th 2011, unruly passenger
By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, May 20th 2011 23:25Z, last updated Friday, May 20th 2011 23:25Z
A Jetblue Airbus A320-200, registration N537JT performing flight B6-819 from New York JFK,NY (USA) to Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) with 150 passengers, was enroute at FL350 about 160nm south of New York about 45 minutes into the flight when the captain got aware of a passenger who insisted of being entitled to use a cabin crew seat in the cabin. The passenger, reported to be a TSA screener, was travelling on a staff pass he had gotten from a friend working for Jetblue. The captain decided to return to New York where the aircraft landed safely about 2.5 hours after departure. The unruly passenger was offloaded.

The aircraft departed again and reached Santo Domingo with a delay of 4.5 hours.

Incident: TAM A321 near Salvador on May 20th 2011, bomb hoax

By Simon Hradecky, created Saturday, May 21st 2011 15:41Z, last updated Saturday, May 21st 2011 15:41Z
A TAM Linhas Aereas Airbus A321-200, registration PT-MXE performing flight JJ-3603 from Porto Seguro,BA to Salvador,BA with 129 passengers and further on to Sao Paulo Guarulhos,SP (Brazil), was enroute when a male passenger (45) claimed to have planted a bomb aboard. The crew continued to Salvador for a safe landing, the passenger was arrested.

A search of the aircraft and luggage found no traces of explosives.

The airplane continued the journey to Sao Paulo reaching the destination with a delay of 3 hours

Incident: United A319 near Chicago on May 21st 2011, hydraulic problem
By Simon Hradecky, created Sunday, May 22nd 2011 11:02Z, last updated Sunday, May 22nd 2011 11:02Z
A United Airlines Airbus A319-100, flight UA-337 from Orlando,FL to Chicago O'Hare,IL (USA) with 128 people on board, was on a downwind for Chicago's runway 10 when the crew reported a hydraulic problem. The crew extended the downwind and performed a safe landing on runway 10 about 8 minutes later.

Airbus Updates No.240

Airbus A320 -211 191   S5-AAT Adria Airways delivery 25may11 LIS-LJU, all white, no titl, CS-reg  ex CS-TNB
 Airbus A320 -212 222   TS-INE Nouvelair ferried 25may11 MIR-MPL after storage, Libyan Airlines cs  ex OY-CNC

 Airbus A320 -231 336   VT-EVR Air India ferried 24-25may11 DEL-ESB-LDE on return to lessor  ex G-OOAD

Airbus A320 -232 4700   A7-AHH Qatar Airways delivery 25may11 TLS-DOH ex F-WWBD

Airbus A320 -214 4721   G-EZUI easyJet delivery 25may11 XFW-TLS, special 200th Airbus all orange livery prior handover ceremony ex D-AUBI

Above Easyjet A320 should be delivered to Orly and will then fly a service to Gatwick later today

 Airbus A330 -243 1227   A4O-DG Oman Air delivery 25may11 TLS-MCT ex F-WWYG

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Airbus Updates No.239

Airbus Updates No.238

Airbus single aisle production to increase to 42 per month in Q4 2012

Reflects strong order backlog and continued stable growth

Airbus will increase the production rate of its popular A320 Family of eco-efficient single-aisle aircraft to 42 aircraft per month in the fourth quarter of 2012. Currently Airbus produces 36 A320 Family aircraft each month, a production rate that will steadily rise to 38 in August 2011 and to 40 in the first quarter of 2012. Currently the production rate for Airbus’ long-range A330 Family is 8.5 per month, increasing to nine in early 2012 and ten in the second quarter of 2013.

“The low operating costs and high dispatch reliability offered by the A320 Family make it the best seller in its market” said Tom Williams, Executive Vice President Programmes. “With a backlog of over 2,300 A320 Family aircraft to deliver, we need to increase production to accommodate continuing strong customer demand for these new eco-efficient aircraft”.

Airbus delivered a total of 510 aircraft in 2010, including 401 A320 Family aircraft.  By the end of April, Airbus had already delivered 132 A320 Family aircraft and is well on track to exceed previous years’ deliveries.

To keep the A320 Family in the leadership position, Airbus has recently introduced a new engine option (neo) for the A320 Family which will enter into service in October 2015. The A320neo Family incorporates new more efficient engines and large "Sharklet" wing tip devices which together will deliver up to 15 percent in fuel savings. This will represent some 3,600 tonnes less CO2 per aircraft, per year. In addition, the A320neo will provide a double-digit reduction in NOx emissions and reduced engine noise, thus being a good neighbour at any airport where airlines will operate the aircraft.

 The A320neo will have over 95 percent airframe commonality with the existing models making it an easy fit into existing fleets while offering up to 500 nautical miles (950 kilometres) more range or two tonnes more payload. Engines offered on the A320neo are CFM International’s LEAP-X and Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G.

The A320 Family, which includes the A318, A319, A320 and A321, is recognized as the benchmark single-aisle aircraft family. Each aircraft features fly by wire controls and all share a unique cockpit and operational commonality across the range. Over 7,000 Airbus A320 Family aircraft have been sold and more than 4,600 delivered to almost 330 customers and operators worldwide, making it the world’s best selling commercial jetliner ever. With proven reliability and extended servicing periods, the A320 Family has the lowest operating costs of any single aisle aircraft. Uniquely, the A320 Family offers a containerized cargo system, which is compatible with the worldwide standard wide-body system.

Airbus Updates No.237

Korean Air celebrates delivery of its first A380

Carrier to become sixth operator of world's most eco-efficient aircraft
Korean Air has celebrated the delivery of its first A380 at a special ceremony at Airbus in Toulouse today. The ceremony was attended by Korean Air Chairman Yang Ho Cho and hosted by Airbus President and CEO Tom Enders. EADS CEO Louis Gallois was also present at the event. Korean Air is the sixth airline to take delivery of the A380 and has ordered a total of 10 aircraft.

Korean Air will initially operate the A380 from its Seoul hub to selected destinations in Asia, followed by non-stop services to North America and Europe. The airline has specified an extra-spacious layout for its A380 fleet, with accommodation for 407 passengers in three classes. Special features on board the aircraft include the world's first ever duty free showcase area and a stylish onboard bar and lounge on the upper deck for premium passengers.

"Korean Air was the first airline to purchase an Airbus aircraft outside Europe and they have now become an essential part of our fleet,” said Yang Ho Cho, Chairman and CEO of Korean Air. The exceptional, fuel efficient and environmentally friendly A380 that is being delivered today is perfect to assist Korean Air in advancing our goal of becoming a respected leading global carrier.”

"We are extremely proud to welcome Korean Air as the latest operator of the A380," said Tom Enders, President and CEO of Airbus. "The A380 has proven to be a game changer, setting new standards for comfort, economic efficiency and respect for the environment. We are confident that the A380 will play a key role in enabling Korean Air to further strengthen its position as one of the world's great airlines."

Since entering service in 2007 the eco-efficient A380 has exceeded all expectations, flying more people further at lower cost. The spacious, quieter cabin and smooth ride have made the aircraft a firm favourite with passengers. This has resulted in higher than average load factors and increased profitability on A380 flights, providing airlines with a key competitive advantage wherever they operate the type.

Typically seating 525 passengers in a three class layout, the A380 is capable of flying 8,300 nautical miles or 15,300 kilometres. This enables non-stop service with a full payload from Seoul to any destination in Europe, and as far afield as the East Coast of the US.

Airbus Updates No.236

 Airbus A330 -343 407   C-GTSD Air Transat delivery 22may11 MNL-HNL-YUL, all white, no titles, c/n tbc ex TC-SGJ
 Airbus A330 -243 597   EC-LMN Air Europa delivery 24may11 BOD-PMI  ex EI-EOL
 Airbus A330 -343 1060   HS-TER Thai International ferried 20may11 HAM-BKK after seat installment ex F-WWYQ
 Airbus A330 -343 1090   HS-TEU Thai International ferried 24may11 BOD-HAM for seat installing after storage  ex F-WWYB
 Airbus A340 -313 381   4R-ADG Sri Lankan delivery 22may11 HKG-CMB ex B-HXL

Airbus Updates No.235

Airbus A318 -111 2544   N597EL Avianca delivery 23may11 SJO-BOG ex XA-UBX
 Airbus A319 -112 1124   TC-ATD ? seen regd at DUB 20may11, still in Royal Falcon cs ex N595MS
 Airbus A319 -132LR 1727   SX-DGG Aegean Airlines re-regd in svc 19may11 ATH-CFU-ATH ex SX-OAN
 Airbus A319 -112 3533   D-AHHA Hamburg Airways titl applied at HAM 17may11, tail logo 24may11 ex D-AHIJ
 Airbus A319 -112 4713   OK-REQ CSA Czech Airlines delivery 23may11 XFW-PRG ex D-AVYS
 Airbus A320 -212 289   SE-RJM Air Sweden ferried 22may11 SAW-ARN after storage ex F-WBGE
 Airbus A320 -231 332   N332MX ACG Acquisitions ferried 24may11 MEX-TUS-VCV, Mexicana cs ex B-22301
 Airbus A320 -212 579   UR- Donbassaero ferried 23may11 IST-DUB, all wh, N-reg for paint into Aerosvit cs  ex N181LF
 Airbus A320 -212 645   UR- Donbassaero ferried 23may11 IST-DUB, AtlasJet cs (ntu), N-reg for paint into Aerosvit cs  ex N241LF
 Airbus A320 -214 724   F-WTAO GECAS ferried 19-20may11 CTU-ALA-BUD  ex B-2355
 Airbus A320 -212 793   TS-INN Nouvelair ferried 20may11 MIR-PRG on summer-lease to Travel Service  ex D-AICB
 Airbus A320 -214 1454   SU-KBE ILFC ferried 20may11 CAI-SNN, Koral Blue cs ex EC-HQK
 Airbus A320 -233 4509   HC-CLE LAN Ecuador delivery 19may11 SCL-GYE ex CC-BAE
 Airbus A320 -214 4699   OK-HCA Holidays Czech Airlines delivery 20may11 TLS-PRG, all white ex F-WWDO
 Airbus A320 -214 4709   B-6757 China Eastern delivery 24may11 TLS-SVX ex F-WWBH
 Airbus A320 -214 4715   EI-DVN Aer Lingus delivery 24may11 XFW-DUB ex D-AUBH
 Airbus A321 -231 2823   TC-JRA Turkish Airlines at AMS 23may11 now in Star Alliance cs ex D-AVZE
 Airbus A321 -231 4703   VN-A324 Vietnam Airlines delivery 20may11 XFW-BAK-HAN ex D-AZAQ
 Airbus A321 -231 4710   D-AIDH Lufthansa delivery 20may11 XFW-FRA ex D-AVZD
 Airbus A330 -342 111   C-GKTS Air Transat ferried 19may11 GIG-YUL after paint into new “welcome” cs  ex B-HYC

Airbus Updates No.234


Friday, 13 May 2011

Airbus Updates No.233

 Airbus A310 -304 519   TC-SGC Saga Airlines ferried 07may11 IST-SAW after lease to Ariana Afghan  ex VT-EVI
 Airbus A318 -121 3390   CC-CVR LAN Airlines ferried 12may11 GYE-SCL after lease to LAN Ecuador  ex HC-CHM

 Airbus A319 -112 3171   EI-EAF AerCap seen regd at SNN 12may11, all white  ex SU-KBB

Airbus A320 -211 29   JY-JAC Jordan Aviation at LJU 10may11 with titl, all white, blue tail, after lease to Syrianair ex N290SE
 Airbus A320 -231 368   N368MX ACG Acquisition ferried 12may11 MEX-TUS-VCV, new Mexicana cs, for onward storage  ex F-OHMA
Airbus A320 -232 667   N403AC AirCastle regd 10may11, ferried 13may11 CAI-DUB, Lotus Air cs  ex SU-LBI
 Airbus A320 -233 739   N413AC AirCastle regd 11may11, ferried 13may11 CAI-DUB, Lotus Air cs, + 743 N416AC ex SU-LBG  ex SU-LBH
 Airbus A320 -214 1101   EC-LKH Vueling ferried 12may11 NWI-MAD after paint ex EC-HDP
 Airbus A320 -214 2180   OK-HCB Holidays Czech Airlines  1st in svc 12may11 PRG-CDG-PRG  ex G-OOPX
 Airbus A320 -232 3162   SX-OAI Olympic Air ferried 12may11 ATH-NWI for paint into Aegean cs  ex VT-DNY

Airbus A320 -233 4476   HC-CLD LAN Ecuador delivery 12may11 SCL-GYE ex CC-BAD
 Airbus A320 -232 4686   B-6790 Westair delivery 11may11 TLS-SVX ex F-WWIJ
 Airbus A320 -214 4688   N211FR Frontier delivery 12may11 TLS-KEF-MKE ex F-WWIU

Airbus A320 -233 4701   9V-SLN Silk Air delivery 13may11 XFW-SHJ-SIN ex D-AUBE
 Airbus A321 -211 666   N851LF ILFC ferried 12may11 MED-SNN, Turkuaz Air cs ex TC-TCE

Airbus A330 -223 1221   PT-MVV TAM delivery 11may11 TLS-GRU ex F-WWKT

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Airbus Updates No.232

Airbus A330-200 [EI-EON]
Airbus A321-200 [TC-JRO]

Airbus Updates No.231

Airbus A320 -232 3162   SX-OAI Olympic Air ferried 12may11 ATH-NWI for paint into Aegean cs  ex VT-DNY

Airbus A320 -214 3480   TS-INO Nouvelair ferried 05may11 MIR-PRG on summer-lease to Travel Service  ex F-WWDK
 Airbus A320 -214 4688   N211FR Frontier delivery 12may11 TLS-KEF-MKE ex F-WWIU

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Airbus Updates No.230

Emirates look to be about to order more A380's as per the below attached article.......................

Emirates Growth Set To Anger European Airlines

Emirates plans to fly to more places and order more planes, ignoring claims of unfair competition from rivals, the airline's chairman said on Tuesday.
The airline's aggressive expansion has been criticised by European carriers who say the Dubai-based company and other Gulf carriers are effectively subsidised, provoking fears that Gulf-based superjumbos will draw traffic from their hubs.
Emirates, which is state-owned, will soon fly to "several hundred destinations" from 111 locations now, Emirates' Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum said after the airline reported a 52-percent jump in 2010 profits.
"I'm sure this will make a lot of people unhappy but the market is there to grow. Airlines in Europe don't want to see us there because we are giving them competition. But we get good market share because of the product," he said.
"We have big plans. We will operate more to North and South America and also Asia," he added.
Sheikh Ahmed indicated that Emirates would announce new aircraft orders at the Dubai Airshow in November.
Dubai has led the charge in a war of words between North American and European carriers and their Gulf rivals over subsidies, export credits and landing rights, blaming their woes on "parasitic" taxes.
"If they spend as much time running their business as they do trying to run us down they might make even more money," Emirates president Tim Clark said last year.
The UAE failed to gain greater access for Emirates and Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways in Canada last year, leading to tension between the two countries.
Meanwhile, Lufthansa has asked that Emirates be denied landing slots at Berlin's new airport.
Emirates is the largest customer for the Airbus A380 superjumbo and has so far ordered 90 of the aircraft. It plans to increase its fleet to eventually include 120 A380s, from the 15 it currently flies.
That could turn the European aviation market upside down.
"If Emirates continue to execute as they have done they will force a restructuring of the industry simply by deploying the 90 or so A380s they have on order or in service," Sudeep Ghai, a partner at London-based Athena Aviation, said.
"Expect other markets to start making even more protectionist noises than they have been in defence of their local carriers."

Airbus Updates No.229

Press release from Hellenic Imperial Airways.............................

New scheduled route between Athens - New York to start on June 24th, 2011. (5/5/2011)

Hellenic Imperial Airways is pleased to announce the commencement of its new weekly and direct scheduled flights, Athens (ATH) - New York (JFK) - Athens (ATH), as of Friday 24th of June 2011.

Flights will depart from Athens every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 17:30 (local time), arriving in New York at 21:30 (local time).
Return flights will depart from New York on the same days, at 23:30 (local time), arriving in Athens at 17:00 (local time) the next day.

By the end of this week, you will be able to book your flight or obtain any additional information directly through our booking engine at or through your preferred travel agent.

In case you would like to communicate with one of our representatives, you can call our Head office toll-free at 800-11-08080 or for the USA call toll-free, 1- 855-HELLAS1 (855-4355271)

We look forward to welcoming you soon on board of our aircraft Airbus 340-300.

Airbus Updates No.228

Incident: LAN A318 at Concepcion on May 7th 2011, rejected takeoff

By Simon Hradecky, created Sunday, May 8th 2011 22:06Z, last updated Sunday, May 8th 2011 22:06Z
A LAN Airlines Airbus A318-100, registration CC-CVV performing flight LU-204 from Concepcion to Santiago (Chile), rejected takeoff at low speed after the right hand engine (PW6124) failed. The airplane slowed safely and returned to the apron.

A replacement aircraft reached Santiago with a delay of 5 hours

Incident: Vueling A320 near Vienna on May 8th 2011, lightning strike

By Simon Hradecky, created Monday, May 9th 2011 11:30Z, last updated Monday, May 9th 2011 11:30Z
A Vueling Airbus A320-200, registration EC-HQJ performing flight VY-8710 from Barcelona,SP (Spain) to Vienna (Austria), was holding at 6000 feet over Lake Neusiedl about 25nm south of Vienna Airport when the aircraft was struck by two lightnings. The crew subsequently continued for a safe landing on Vienna's runway 11 at 13:50L (11:50Z).

The return flight VY-8711 was cancelled, the incident aircraft is still (May 9th 11:00Z) on the ground in Vienna. Austrianwings reported the aircraft received damage in the lightning strikes and is awaiting repairs.

According to lightning recordings only two lightings were registered in the region at the time of the incident.

A frontal weather system with strong gusting winds, heavy rain and windshear was moving across the area and Vienna Airport at the time of the incident causing delays and holding

Incident: Austrian A321 near Krakow on May 10th 2011, lavatory failure

By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, May 10th 2011 15:23Z, last updated Tuesday, May 10th 2011 15:25Z
An Austrian Airlines Airbus A321-100, registration OE-LBB performing flight OS-601 from Vienna (Austria) to Moscow Domodedovo (Russia) with 175 passengers, was enroute about 40nm east of Krakow (Poland) when the crew decided to return to Vienna due to the failure of the lavatories on board. The airplane landed safely on Vienna's runway 16 about 70 minutes later.

A replacement Airbus A321-100 registration OE-LBF reached Moscow with a delay of 3:45 hours.

Austrian Airlines reported the aircraft returned because of the failure of the toilet system.

Accident: United Airlines A319 near Kirksville on May 9th 2011, severe turbulence injures flight attendant

By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, May 10th 2011 16:02Z, last updated Tuesday, May 10th 2011 16:02Z
A United Airlines Airbus A319-100, registration N801UA performing flight UA-273 from Phoenix,AZ to Chicago O'Hare,IL (USA), was enroute at Fl350 near Kirkville,MO around 04:00L (09:00Z) when the aircraft encountered severe turbulence. The crew continued to Chicago where the aircraft landed safely about 40 minutes later.

The FAA reported a flight attendant received injuries during the severe turbulence encounter.

Incident: Iberia A346 near Madrid on May 10th 2011, cracked windshield
By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, May 10th 2011 17:55Z, last updated Tuesday, May 10th 2011 17:55Z
An Iberia Airbus A340-600, registration EC-JPU performing flight IB-6673 from Madrid,SP (Spain) to Caracas (Venezuela) with 242 passengers, was enroute at FL310 about 100nm southwest of Madrid when a windshield cracked prompting the crew to descend the aircraft to FL160 and return to Madrid for a safe landing about 100 minutes later.

Airbus Updates No.227

Airbus A319 -111 4705   G-EZGJ easyJet delivery 11may11 XFW-LGW ex D-AVYR

Airbus A320 -212 294   LZ-BHB Balkan Holidays wet-leased zto Tor Air, at ARN 10may11 with titles and tail logo  ex OY-CNP

 Airbus A321 -211 666   N851LF ILFC ferried 11may11 MED-SNN, Turkuaz Air cs ex TC-TCE
 Airbus A321 -211 1905   EI-ERT Solaris delivery 10may11 SNN-DME ex N811LF

Airbus A321 -231 4698   TC-JRP Turkish Airlines delivery 11may11 XFW-IST ex D-AZAP

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Airbus Updates No.226

Airbus A300 -622R 621   N2621 GA Telesis ferried 10may11 NGO-TSE-LDE prior conversion at DRS, for EAT Leipzig as D-AEAG ex JA8377

Airbus A320 -231 444   S5-AAS Adria Airways at ZRH 09may11 now in full cs  ex EI-DOD

Airbus A320 -232 4094   SX-DGC Aegean Airlines re-regd 1st in svc 06may11 ATH-SKG-STR-SKG ex SX-OAS

 Airbus A330 -243 551   EC- Air Europa ferrioed 09may11 CHR-BOD after paint into SkyTeam cs, EI-reg, prior delivery ex EI-EON

Monday, 9 May 2011

Airbus Updates No.225

Airbus A319 -112 1124   N595MS GECAS ferried 09may11 BOD-DUB for paint into ? ex JY-JRE

Airbus A320 -211 302   N957PG Pegasus Aviation ferried 08-09may11 TLC-TUS-HNL-NAN-MEL on delivery to Solomons Islands ex C-FMEQ

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Airbus Updates No.224

Republic alludes to A320neo place holder deposit
 Frontier Airlines parent Republic Airways Holdings has placed an aircraft place holder deposit with Airbus for the re-engined A320neo, according to a company executive.

Speaking during a 3 May earnings call Republic controller Joe Allman explained of the $19.9 million investment activities conducted by the company during the first quarter, $8 million entailed "a place holder deposit on Airbus neo aircraft".

A spokesperson from Republic was not immediately able to expand on Allman's comments. Currently, Frontier operates 54 Airbus A320 family aircraft, and has nine of the type on order according to Flightglobal's ACAS database.

Republic also ordered 40 Bombardier CSeries CS300s in February 2010 powered by the Pratt & Whitney 1524G geared turbofan, supplying a much needed boost to Bombardier's narrowbody aircraft programme.
P&W is also one of the engine suppliers for the A320neo, and so far the 1100G has secured all the firm engine orders from customers that have made engine selections.

Previously, Republic has said it planned to align CSeries delivery dates with expiration dates on A319s exiting Frontier's fleet. Currently, Republic is scheduled to receive its first CSeries aircraft in the second quarter of 2015.

Airbus, meanwhile, has recently advanced the A320neo's service entry to October 2015, and has accelerated introduction of the A319neo ahead of the re-engined A321 variant.

In the short term Frontier says it is in the midst of a "low cost project" to add two seats to its A319 fleet for a total of 138, and expects to complete the programme by the end of the current quarter.

Airbus Updates No.223

Incident: TAM A320 near Goiania on May 5th 2011, hydraulic problem

By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, May 6th 2011 13:30Z, last updated Friday, May 6th 2011 13:30Z
A TAM Linhas Aereas Airbus A320-200, registration PT-MZV performing flight JJ-9364 from Sao Paulo Guarulhos,SP to Caldas Novas,GO (Brazil), diverted to Goiania after the crew reported a low quantity indication for a hydraulic system's reservoir and possible braking problems. The airplane landed safely and taxied to the apron.

The passengers were taken to Caldas Novas by bus.
Incident: Wizzair A320 at Bucharest on May 6th 2011, bird strike
By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, May 6th 2011 16:16Z, last updated Friday, May 6th 2011 16:16Z
A Wizzair Airbus A320-200, registration HA-LPT performing flight W6-3141 from Bucharest Baneasa (Romania) to Rome Ciampino (Italy) with 146 people on board, ingested a bird into an engine (V2527) while in the initial climb out of Baneasa's runway 07. The crew levelled off at 2000 feet and returned to Baneasa's runway 07 for a safe landing about 14 minutes after departure.

The flight was subsequently cancelled.