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Monday, 28 February 2011

Airbus Updates No.90/11

Incident: Air France A319 at Athens on Feb 25th 2011, bird strike

By Simon Hradecky, created Sunday, Feb 27th 2011 15:18Z, last updated Sunday, Feb 27th 2011 15:18Z
An Air France Airbus A319-100, registration F-GRHO performing flight AF-2333 from Athens (Greece) to Paris Charles de Gaulle (France) with 113 people on board, had departed Athen's runway 03R when the crew reported a bird strike had occurred during the takeoff roll. The crew levelled off at 8000 feet and returned to Athens for a safe landing on runway 03L about 30 minutes after departure.

The airplane was able to depart again and reached Paris with a delay of 2 hours.
Airbus A319-111 aircraft picture

Airbus Updates No.89/11

AirAsia X orders more A330s

 
A330-200s to fly on non-stop services to Europe

AirAsia X, the long haul low fare affiliate of the Malaysia-based AirAsia Group, has placed a firm order with Airbus for three A330-200s. Scheduled for delivery from 2014, the aircraft will be operated on the carrier's expanding network, offering low fare service to destinations in Europe, Asia and the Pacific. The latest contract brings AirAsia X's total number of A330s ordered to 28.  

AirAsia X has ordered the 238 tonne increased take-off weight version of the A330-200, which is capable of flying non-stop from Kuala Lumpur to Europe. The airline will configure the aircraft in a two class layout with a total of 288 seats.  

"This order reflects our positive outlook for the long haul low cost market out of Asia," said Azran Osman Rani, Chief Executive Officer, AirAsia X. “With its low fuel burn, spacious cabin and extended range, the A330 is the perfect aircraft for us to build our business, enabling more people to fly further at lower cost than ever before."  

"This latest order from AirAsia X underscores the position of the A330 as the most efficient aircraft in its class flying today," said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus. "The A330's low operating costs, range capability and proven reliability make it the clear winner for airlines flying in the growing long haul budget market."  

AirAsia is the largest low cost airline group in the Asia-Pacific region and operates an all-Airbus fleet. Altogether, the group has now ordered over 200 aircraft from Airbus, including 175 single aisle A320s, 28 A330s and 10 A350 XWBs.  

The twin engine A330 is one of the most widely used widebody aircraft in service today. To date, Airbus has won more than 1,100 orders for the various versions of the aircraft. Some 750 A330s have already been delivered and the aircraft is currently flying with 90 operators worldwide in 50 countries.

Airbus Updates No.88/11

Airbus A320 -231 376   N376BV AerCap to be ferried 28feb-01mar11 GYR-TUS-YYR-OST-SAW on delivery to Skywings Airlines ex VT-EYA


Airbus A320 -216 3412   EI-DSN Alitalia ferried 27feb11 NWI-FCO after paint into standard cs ex F-WWIL

Airbus A320-216 aircraft picture


Airbus A321 -211 1017   F-OIVU Air Ivoire ferried 27feb11 DKR-QLA after storage on return to lessor  ex G-OOAJ

Airbus A321-211 aircraft picture

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Airbus Updates No.87/11

Latest pictures from Toulouse and elsewhere.............................................

Airbus A320-214 aircraft picture

Aeroflot A320-214 c/n 4579 test reg D-AUBZ to become VQ-BIW

Airbus A320-232 aircraft picture

Zest Air A320-232 c/n 4533 Test reg D-AXAK since been delivered as RP-C8991

Airbus A320-214 aircraft picture

AeroGal A320-214 c/n 4487 Test reg D-AUBG since been delivered as HC-CJW
Airbus A330-223 aircraft picture

Korean Air A330-223 c/n 1200 Test reg F-WWKI since been delivered as KL8227

Airbus A300B4-608ST Super Transporter aircraft picture

Airbus Industrie A300B4-608ST Beluga F-GSTC/3 c/n765 in full Airbus Colours
Airbus A300B4-608ST Super Transporter aircraft picture

Airbus Industrie A300B4-608ST Beluga F-GSTF/5 c/n 796 all white

Airbus A320-214 aircraft picture

Spring Airlines A320-214 Test reg F-WWIP c/n 4586 since been delivered as B-4586

Airbus A320-232 aircraft picture

Spirit Airlines A320-232 c/n 4595 Test reg F-WWIZ to be delivered as N607NK

Airbus Updates No.86/11

Airbus A319 -115ACJ 1556   6V- République du Sénégal at BOD 25feb11 with titles & tail logo, F-reg prior delivery, (1485 F-RBFA still all white) ex F-RBFB
 Airbus A319 -112 1630   C-FBLJ Air Canada ferried 25feb11 YYC-MZJ after storage ex XA-MXG


 Airbus A320 -231 376   N376BV AerCap ferried 26-27feb11 GYR-TUS-YYR-OST-SAW on delivery to?  ex VT-EYA


Airbus A320 -232 4561   9V-TAU Tiger Airways delivery 26feb11 TLS-DXB-SIN ex F-WWBB


Airbus A330 -343 407   TC-SGJ Saga Airlines ferried 26feb11 IST-AUH after storage ex B-HYH
 Airbus A330 -202 814   EC-JZL Air Europa ferried 25feb11 MAD-ARN on lease to Novair ex F-WWYJ
 Airbus A330 -202 931   EC-KOM Air Europa ferried 25feb11 ARN-MAD after lease to Novair  ex F-WWKU


Airbus A330 -343 1196   B-LAK Cathay Pacific delivery 26feb11 TLS-HKG ex F-WWYD
 Airbus A330 -202 1198 2638 VH-EBQ Jetstar delivery 26feb11 TLS-SYD estimated trip time 19:48 ex F-WWYZ

Friday, 25 February 2011

Airbus Updates No.85/11

Airbus A300 -622R 753   N4753 GA Telesis regd 14feb11, ferried 24feb11 HND-FRU-LDE ex JA8657
 Airbus A319 -112 1805   C-GKNW Air Canada ferried 23feb11 YUL-MZJ after storage ex XA-MXJ


Airbus A319-112 aircraft picture


Airbus A319 -112 3818   D-AHIM Germania ferried 23feb11 MPL-PRG after paint prior delivery  ex D-AVYG
 Airbus A319 -133ACJ 4583   VP-CAS private delivery 23feb11 XFW-CPH-TUL for c abin config  ex D-AVWE
 Airbus A320 -211 156   F-GHQH Air France ferried 24feb11 ORY-EGBP for part-out & scrap 
 Airbus A320 -212 436   F-GSTR Strategic Airlines ferried 25feb11 BRU-TLS after storage, tail titles ex N436BV


Airbus A320-211 aircraft picture


 Airbus A320 -232 4584   ZK-OJQ Air New Zealand delivery 22-24feb11 TLS-YQX-DEN-LAX-HNL-APW-AKL ex F-WWIO
 Airbus A320 -232 4592   N606NK Spirit Airlines delivery 23feb11 TLS-YYR-MCO ex F-WWIR
 Airbus A320 -232 4595   N607NK Spirit delivery 24feb11 TLS-YYR-MCO ex F-WWIV
 Airbus A320 -214 4606   D-ABFP Air Berlin delivery 25feb11 XFW-TXL ex D-AXAS
 Airbus A321 -231 4570   PT-MXH TAM delivery 22-23feb11 XFW-SID-GRU  ex D-AZAX



 Airbus A321 -211 4611   OE-LEW flyNiki delivery 25feb11 XFW-VIE ex D-AZAL



Airbus A330 -343 1037   HS-TEQ Thai International ferried 22feb11 BOD-HAM prior final delivery ex F-WWYA
 Airbus A330 -343 1195   G-VSXY Virgin Atlantic delivery 24feb11 TLS-ZRH for pre-in svc fittings “Beauty Queen” ex F-WWYK
 Airbus A330 -343 1199   B-6525 Air China deivery 22feb11 TLS-PEK ex F-WWYU
 Airbus A330 -223 1202   B-6528 China Southern delivery 23feb11 TLS-CAN, Skyteam colours  ex F-WWYB

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Airbus Updates No.84/11

Airbus Orders so far for 2011


AIRBUS ORDERS 2011
Date
Airline
A318
A319
A320
A321
A330
A350
A380
TOTAL
17/02/2011
Skymark
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
4
03/02/2011
Flyington Freighters
0
0
0
0
-12
0
0
-12
03/02/2011
Asiana Airlines
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
2
03/02/2011
Asiana Airlines
0
0
0
0
0
-2
0
-2
03/02/2011
US Airways
0
0
0
6
0
0
0
6
03/02/2011
US Airways
0
-1
-5
0
0
0
0
-6
27/01/2011
TUI Travel Group
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
2
25/01/2011
Thomas Cook Airlines
0
0
0
12
0
0
0
12
24/01/2011
GECAS
0
0
0
0
12
0
0
12
17/01/2011
Virgin America
0
0
60
0
0
0
0
60
11/01/2011
IndiGo Airlines
0
0
180
0
0
0
0
180
06/01/2011
Asiana Airlines
0
0
0
0
0
0
6
6
04/01/2011
Easyjet Airlines
0
0
15
0
0
0
0
15
Total
0
-1
250
18
2
0
10
279




The IndiGo order on 11/01/2011 includes the option to convert 120 of these to A320NEO's
The TUI Travel Group order on 27/01/2011 are to be operated by Corsair
US Airways order on 03/02/2011 converted from previous order for 1 x A319 ans 5 x A320
Asiana order on 03/02/2011 converted from A350-800 to A350-900
Flyington Freighters order cancelled by Airbus for non payment on 03/02/2011

Airbus Updates No.83/11

Incident: Lufthansa A343 near Sao Paulo on Feb 21st 2011, smoke in cockpit

By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Feb 22nd 2011 16:45Z, last updated Tuesday, Feb 22nd 2011 16:45Z
A Lufthansa Airbus A340-300, registration D-AIGM performing flight LH-505 from Sao Paulo Guarulhos,SP (Brazil) to Munich (Germany) with 221 passengers, was about 30 minutes into the flight when the crew reported smoke in the cockpit and decided to return to Sao Paulo's Guarulhos Airport where the aircraft landed safely about one hour after departure.

Lufthansa said the airplane encountered technical problems but no fire. Most of the passengers were rebooked onto the flight to Frankfurt/Main (Germany), the incident aircraft is expected to take the remaining passengers to Munich with a delay of 19 hours.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Airbus Updates No.82/11

Airbus A320 -212 436   F-GSTR Strategic Airlines ferried 22feb11 BRU-TLS after storage, tail titles ex N436BV
 Airbus A320 -214 1493   OO-SNB Brussels Airlines ferried 21feb11 DUB-DUS, D-reg after paint prior delivery ex D-ALTD
 Airbus A320 -214 1504   D-ALTE Air Berlin ferried 21feb11 DUS-DUB, for Austrian Airlines as OE-LBW ex OE-LTU


Airbus A320 -232 2688   TC- Onur Air ferried 20feb11 NWI-BUD after paint, HA-reg prior delivery  ex HA-LPH



Airbus A320 -216 3412   EI-DSN Alitalia ferried 21feb11 FCO-NWI, Air One cs, for paint into standard cs  ex F-WWIL
 Airbus A320 -232 4580   B-6746 Capital Airlines delivery 19feb11 TLS-TSE-PEK ex F-WWIH
 Airbus A320 -232 4584   ZK-OJQ Air New Zealand deivery 22feb11 TLS-YQX ex F-WWIO



Airbus A321 -231 4570   PT-MXH TAM delivery 22-23feb11 XFW-SID-GRU  ex D-AZAX
 Airbus A321 -231 4607   D-AIDE Lufthansa delivery 21feb11 XFW-FRA ex D-AZAK
 Airbus A330 -343 1037   HS-TEQ Thai International ferried 22feb11 BOD-HAM prior final delivery ex F-WWYA
 Airbus A330 -343 1193   HB-JHQ Edelweiss Air delivery 18feb11 TLS-ZRH ex F-WWKQ
 Airbus A330 -343 1199   B-6525 Air China deivery 22feb11 TLS-PEK ex F-WWYU
 Airbus A340 -311 15   YA-TTB Safi Airways to be ferried 21feb11 KBL-LDE, for part-out&scrap? ex F-WBSR
 Airbus A340 -313 174   OH-LQG Finnair delivery 17feb11 ORY-HEL in new cs  ex F-GNIG
 Airbus A340 -313 414   OE-IAN (Iberia) ferried 22feb11 MAD-MAN for paint prior re-entry to service with Iberia ex EC-HQN

Monday, 21 February 2011

Airbus Updates No.81/11

Incident: Malaysia A333 near Delhi on Feb 20th 2011, engine trouble

By Simon Hradecky, created Sunday, Feb 20th 2011 15:04Z, last updated Sunday, Feb 20th 2011 15:12Z
A Malaysia Airlines Airbus A330-300, registration 9M-MKH performing flight MH-173 from Delhi (India) to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) with 158 passengers, returned to Delhi after the crew reported engine trouble. The aircraft landed safely about 110 minutes after departure.

Malaysia Airlines confirmed their A330 returned to Delhi due to a technical snag with one of the engines.

India's press partly reports a Boeing 737-800 (as scheduled) was involved, partly reports an A330. TV images show an A330. According to radar data the A333 registration 9M-MKH departed Kuala Lumpur as flight MH-172 to Delhi in the morning of Feb 20th.
Incident: Air Berlin A320 near Lanzarote on Feb 20th 2011, electrical problem
By Simon Hradecky, created Sunday, Feb 20th 2011 22:19Z, last updated Monday, Feb 21st 2011 13:27Z
The crew of an Air Berlin Airbus A320-200, registration D-ALTF performing flight AB-2310 from Dusseldorf (Germany) to Lanzarote,CI (Spain), reported an electrical problem while on approach to Lanzarote. The airplane landed safely on schedule and shut down on the runway. The airplane was subsequently towed to the apron.

The airplane however was not able to depart for the return flight. A replacement Boeing 737-800 registration D-ABBC is currently airborne estimated to reach Dusseldorf with a delay of 10 hours.



Saturday, 19 February 2011

Airbus Updates No.80/11

Incident: Qantas A388 near Delhi on Feb 15th 2011, engine oil problem

By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, Feb 18th 2011 07:50Z, last updated Friday, Feb 18th 2011 08:01Z
A Qantas Airbus A380-800, registration VH-OQC performing flight QF-31 from Singapore (Singapore) to London Heathrow,EN (UK), was enroute near Delhi (India) when the crew noticed that the oil quantity of engine #4 (Trent 972, outboard right hand) gradually decreased. The crew continued to London crossing the European Airspace until 125nm eastnortheast of London at FL380 and landed safely on London's runway 09R.

The airplane subsequently remained on the ground in London, the return flight QF-32 was performed by VH-OQG instead. VH-OQC was able to depart for its next flight QF-10 about 18 hours after arrival in London.

The Australian Transportation Safety Board (ATSB) reported that following the landing an engineering inspection revealed "that the fitting of the external HP/IP oil line had less than the required torque". The engine power was reduced to idle at some stage of the cruise for the remainder of the flight.

Radar data show the aircraft passed Moscow (Russia) at FL381 (11600 meters) about 3 hours prior to landing, descended to FL380 upon reaching Latvia and continued until a point 125nm eastnortheast of London at FL380 before beginning the descent into London.

Airbus Updates No.79/11

Airbus A318 -121 3001   CC-CVA LAN Airlines ferried 17feb11 SCL-GYV-MEX prior delivery to?  ex D-AUAI
 Airbus A319 -112 1882   HC-CKN Aerogal N-reg canx 03feb11, delivery 12feb11 MIA-UIO ex N882MX
 Airbus A319 -112 1925   HC-CKO Aerogal delivery 18feb11 MIA-UIO ex N925MX
 Airbus A319 -115ACJ 2675   CS-TQJ White delivery 16feb11 LPAR-SVQ-LIS, VP-reg ex VP-BEY
 Airbus A319 -112 3589   D-AHIL Germania delivery 17feb11 PRG-TXL ex D-AVYH
 Airbus A319 -132 4598   CC-BCB LAN Airlines delivery 16-17feb11 XFW-LPA-REC-SCL  ex D-AVWG
 Airbus A319 -132 4605   CC-BCC LAN Airlines delivery 18-19feb11 XFW-LPA-REC-SCL  ex D-AVWJ
 Airbus A320 -214 1385   OE-LBV Austrian Airlines ferried 15feb11 DUB-DUS after paint, D-reg prior delivery ex D-ALTB
 Airbus A320 -214 1493   D-ALTD Air Berlin ferried 14feb11 DUS-DUB for paint, for Brussels Airlines as OO-SNB ex F-WWDY
 Airbus A320 -214 2569   9K-CAA Jazeera Airways to be ferried late feb11 KWI-AMM prior delivery to Sri Lankan as 4R-ABL  ex F-WWBF
 Airbus A320 -216 3178   EI-DSH Alitalia ferried 15feb11 NWI-FCO, after paint into standard cs ex F-WWDS
 Airbus A320 -232 3330   CC-BJC LAN Airlines in svc 15feb11 SCL-CEP vv in full cs, to be ops by Aires Colombia ex HK-4738
 Airbus A320 -214 4573   B-6736 Juneyao Airlines delivery 15feb11 TLS-SVX ex F-WWBT
 Airbus A320 -232 4580   B-6746 Capital Airlines delivery 19feb11 TLS-TSE-PEK ex F-WWIH
 Airbus A320 -214 4586   B-6752 Spring Airlines delivery 14feb11 TLS-SVX ex F-WWIP
 Airbus A320 -214 4589   F-HBAO Aigle Azur delivery 17feb11 TLS-ORY ex F-WWIQ
 Airbus A320 -214 4594   OE-LEH flyNiki delivery 16feb11 XFW-VIE ex D-AVVG
 Airbus A320 -232 4603   VT-IEA IndiGo delivery 17feb11 XFW-DEL ex D-AXAR
 Airbus A321 -231 1670   TC-SKL Sky Airlines ferried 13feb11 IST-SNN in full Asiana cs prior re-delivery  ex HL7712
 Airbus A321 -231 4585   D-AIDD Lufthansa delivery 10feb11 XFW-FRA ex D-AVZC



Airbus A321 -211 4590   HZ-ASK Saudi Arabian delivery 14feb11 XFW-JED 2
 Airbus A330 -343 1193   HB-JHQ Edelweiss Air delivery 18feb11 TLS-ZRH ex F-WWKQ
 Airbus A330 -223 1200   HL8227 Korean Air delivery 14feb11 TLS-ICN ex F-WWKI
 Airbus A340 -313 174   OH-LQG Finnair delivery 17feb11 ORY-HEL in new cs  ex F-GNIG

Friday, 18 February 2011

Airbus Updates No.78/11

Skymark Airlines of Japan confirms order for four A380s

 
First Japanese airline to operate the A380

Skymark Airlines, Japan’s third largest and fast growing airline, signed a contract for four A380s with Airbus, firming up a Memorandum of Understanding announced in November 2010. 
The contract was signed on Thursday, 17th February, during a ceremony held at Airbus' headquarters in Toulouse, France, in the presence of Skymark Airlines President, Shinichi Nishikubo, Airbus President and CEO, Tom Enders, and Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers, John Leahy, together with Airbus Japan CEO, Stephane Ginoux.  
At the signing ceremony Shinichi Nishikubo said, “We believe that the A380, the world’s most cost-efficient, modern and environmentally friendly aircraft with cutting-edge technologies, will provide us with a strong competitive advantage and safe operation. We will become the very first Japanese airline to offer our passengers a unique and new experience of flying – more space, more comfort and a quieter cabin. With the four-engined A380, we are free from ETOPS constraints and can provide flexible operations.”
“We are pleased to welcome Skymark as our newest and first Japanese A380 customer,” said Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO.  “The A380 is the most eco-efficient solution to allow Japan's air traffic to grow in a capacity constrained environment.”
The A380 is the most advanced, spacious and eco-efficient airliner in service today. Over ten million passengers have already enjoyed the unique experience of flying on board the all-new aircraft. The in-service fleet has accumulated by now almost 250,000 revenue flight hours in nearly 28,000 commercial flights. 20 major airports are currently served by the flagship of the 21st century.
Today, Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, and Air France operate the aircraft on daily services to Narita Airport. Starting from March 27, 2011, Singapore Airlines will extend its A380 operation from Narita to Los Angeles, while Korean Air’s first A380 service to Narita is scheduled on June 1 this year.  
Following today's announcement, total firm orders for the A380 stand at 244 from 19 customers worldwide and 43 aircraft have been delivered to five customers.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Airbus Updates No.77/11

Incident: Easyjet A319 near Dortmund on Feb 15th 2011, engine shut down in flight

By Simon Hradecky, created Wednesday, Feb 16th 2011 11:28Z, last updated Wednesday, Feb 16th 2011 11:28Z
An Easyjet Airbus A319-100, registration G-EJJB performing flight U2-2177 from London Luton,EN (UK) to Dortmund (Germany) with 141 passengers and 6 crew, was on approach to Dortmund about 10 minutes prior to landing when the crew needed to shut an engine (CFM56) down. The crew continued for a safe landing on Dortmund's runway 24 about 10 minutes later.

A passenger reported hearing a loud bang and cracking sounds from the right hand side as well as feeling vibrations from underneath. A short time later cabin crew made an announcement of a technical problem and briefed the passengers regarding the emergency procedures. Cabin crew later said, that the left hand engine had failed.
Incident: Lufthansa A319 near Copenhagen on Feb 15th 2011, cracked windshield
By Simon Hradecky, created Wednesday, Feb 16th 2011 19:17Z, last updated Wednesday, Feb 16th 2011 19:17Z
A Lufthansa Airbus A319-100, registration D-AILA performing flight LH-2418 from Munich (Germany) to Stockholm (Sweden), was enroute at FL370 about 125nm southsoutheast of Copenhagen (Denmark) when the crew reported a cracked windshield and began to descend the aircraft. The crew subsequently decided to divert to Copenhagen for a safe landing on Copenhagen's runway 12 about 30 minutes later.

The remainder of the flight was cancelled.