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Saturday, 30 April 2011

Airbus Updates No.205

Airbus Orders so far in 2011.....Very quiet month with all eyes on the Paris Air Show later this summer where major orders are expected from various airlines with a couple of A380 orders rumoured to be announced to the world....but who are the airlines......?


AIRBUS ORDERS 2011
Date
Airline
A318
A319
A320
A321
A330
A350
A380
TOTAL
15/04/2011
Star Flyer
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
2
13/04/2011
Jareeza Airways
0
0
-25
0
0
0
0
-25
11/04/2011
Aerventure
0
-1
1
0
0
0
0
0
09/04/2011
APF
0
2
-2
0
0
0
0
0
01/04/2011
Rossiya
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
2
16/03/2011
Lufthansa
0
0
25
5
0
0
0
30
09/03/2011
Cathay Pacific
0
0
0
0
10
0
0
10
08/03/2011
ILFC
0
0
75
25
0
0
-10
90
08/03/2011
Hong Kong Airlines
0
0
0
0
10
15
0
25
07/03/2011
Iberia
0
0
0
0
8
0
0
8
03/03/2011
Afriqiyah Airways
0
0
-3
3
0
0
0
0
03/03/2011
Volaris
0
-14
14
0
0
0
0
0
03/03/2011
CASHC
0
1
-1
0
0
0
0
0
03/03/2011
Turkish Airlines
0
0
0
10
3
0
0
13
28/02/2011
Dubai Aerospace
0
0
-18
0
0
-12
0
-30
28/02/2011
Aer Lingus
0
0
0
0
-3
3
0
0
28/02/2011
TAM Airlines
0
0
32
0
0
0
0
32
28/02/2011
Air Asia
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
3
22/02/2011
Comlux Aviation
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
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
Gross Orders
0
6
404
61
48
20
10
549
Cancellations
0
-16
-54
0
-15
-14
-10
-109
Net Orders
0
-10
350
61
33
6
0
440

Airbus Updates No.204

ILFC firms up order for 100 A320neo Family aircraft

 
Milestone deal takes the A320 Family to over 7,000 firm order

ILFC has signed a firm contract for the purchase of 100 A320neo Family aircraft. This follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding for the deal which was announced on March 8th 2011. ILFC confirms its selection of Pratt & Whitney engines for powering at least 60 of the aircraft. The agreement between Airbus and ILFC provides for model flexibility which initially includes both A320neo and A321neo types.
The A320neo is offered as an option for the A320 Family and 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 new A320neo aircraft will allow ILFC to offer a single-aisle aircraft that provides significant reduction in fuel consumption,” ILFC Chief Executive Officer Henri Courpron stated. “We have already seen significant market interest and are looking forward to seeing the aircraft enter service with our first customers from 2015.” 
“We are fully commited to providing our customers with the latest in fuel saving technologies as soon as they become available,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “ILFC is the first major lessor to order the A320neo and these early delivery positions will help secure its leading position in a very competitive single-aisle market.”
The A320 Family (A318, A319, A320 and A321) is recognised as the benchmark single-aisle aircraft family. The aircraft feature the latest technology available today, the widest and most comfortable cabin, and the highest degree of operational commonality. With 99.7 per cent reliability and extended servicing periods, the A320 Family has also the lowest operating costs of any single aisle aircraft today.
With this latest contract, the A320 Family has now exceeded 7,000 firm orders, reaffirming its position as the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft family. Furthermore, to date over 4,600 have been delivered to over 330 customers and operators worldwide.
The A320neo will have over 95 percent airframe commonality with the existing models of the A320 Family 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. Airbus has received a total of 332 orders and commitments for A320neo Family aircraft.

Airbus Updates No.203

Yemen Airways takes delivery of its first Airbus A320

 
Adds flexibility to regional route expansion

Sanaa based Yemenia, the official carrier of the state of Yemen, has taken delivery of its first Airbus aircraft as part of its plan to replace its entire fleet of single aisles with the A320 Family, and make the carrier an all Airbus operator.
The aircraft is the first from an order for 10 A320 Family aircraft placed in January 2010, and is equipped with IAE engines.
The aircraft is configured in two classes (12 business and 138 economy seats) and will be deployed on regional and international services to Gulf States, Middle East, Africa, India and Southern European destinations, to help to stimulate economic growth in Yemen.
Captain Abdulkhalek Al-Kadi, Chairman and CEO of Yemenia said, “Our fleet modernisation will see us operating one of the newest and most harmonized fleets in the region. Airbus’ unique commonality between aircraft families will bring added operational and maintenance efficiency and help us achieve our growth targets, and to redefine the best in passengers comfort and services.”
“It is a strong sign of the resilience of our industry that Yemenia is on course with their fleet renewal strategy, and we feel privileged to be the exclusive partner in their long-term growth ambitions”, said Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO. ”With the added efficiency of operating an all Airbus fleet Yemenia will further strengthen their competitive position in the market.”
Airbus aircraft share a unique cockpit and operational commonality, allowing airlines to use the same pool of pilots, cabin crews and maintenance engineers, bringing operational flexibility and resulting in significant cost savings.
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. With 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.202

Airbus A318 -111 2051   N804FR Frontier ferried 29-30apr11 MCI-KEF-LDE for storage ?  ex D-AUAE


Airbus A319 -132 2468   SX-DGF Aegean Airlines 1st in svc 30apr11 ATH-CFU vv  ex D-ABGC


Airbus A319 -112 3407   D-ASTY Germania ferried 29apr11 SEN-TXL after paint ex OE-LED
 Airbus A319 -112 3589   D-AHIL flyNext to be transferred may11 from Germania, to ops for Germania, + 3818 D-AHIM  ex D-AVYH
 Airbus A319 -115ACJ 4679   RA-32002 Rossiya ferried 29apr11 XFW-TLS for cabin config, F-reg  ex F-WHUJ


Airbus A320 -212 436   LX-STB Strategic Airlines to be wet-leased to Travel Service from may11  ex F-GSTR


 Airbus A320 -214 4550   B-6739 China Southern delivery 29apr11 ex TJN ex B-


Airbus A320 -232 4666   B-6750 Shenzhen Airlines delivery 29apr11 TLS-XFW-OVB, special cs  ex F-WWBC
 Airbus A320 -232 4670   JY-AYQ Royal Jordanian delivery 29apr11 TLS-AMM ex F-WWBK


Airbus A320 -214 4681   EC-LLM Vueling delivery 29apr11 TLS-BCN ex F-WWDX
 Airbus A320 -232 4683   HA-LWJ Wizz delivery 29apr11 TLS-BUD ex F-WWIF


Airbus A321 -211 991   VQ-BKG Ural Airlines delivery 29apr11 SNN-SVX ex EI-CPF
 Airbus A321 -231 1199   EI-ERS Solaris ferried 30apr11 SAW-SNN, all wh, for paint prior delivery  ex AP-BJA

 Airbus A321 -231 4669   VN-A323 Vietnam Airlines delivery 29apr11 XFW-BAK-HAN ex D-AZAE
 Airbus A321 -231 4682   TC-JRO Turkish Airlines delivery 29apr11 XFW-IST ex D-AZAI

Airbus Updates No.201

Incident: China Eastern A320 at Wenzhou on Mar 20th 2011, clipped trees on approach

By Simon Hradecky, created Wednesday, Apr 27th 2011 10:18Z, last updated Wednesday, Apr 27th 2011 10:47Z
The crew of a China Eastern Airlines Airbus A320-200, registration B-2400 performing flight MU-5577 from Shanghai Hongqiao to Wenzhou (China), had prepared for an ILS/DME runway 03 approach to Wenzhou based on ATIS broadcast. Upon initial contact with Wenzhou approach the crew was told however that winds had changed and runway 21 was now in use, the aircraft was subsequently cleared for the VOR/DME approach to runway 21. On tower the crew was reminded by tower that their minimum descent altitude (MDA) was 120 meters/394 feet (116 meters/381 feet AGL). Upon reaching MDA the crew had visual contact with the runway established, continued the approach still on autopilot and descended below MDA, but then lost visual contact. At the 50 feet call by GPWS both crew were able to see the ground but did not see the runway, the first officer called go-around twice, the captain disengaged the autopilot and initiated a go-around at around 12:10L (04:10Z). The airplane climbed out, positioned for another approach and landed safely.

A post flight inspection found scratch marks on the right main landing gear, slats and flaps of right main wing and the inlet of the right hand engine (CFM-56). An inspection of the right hand engine revaled damage (dents sized up to 0.2 mm) to all 36 fan blades, scratch marks (13cm in length) at and twigs embedded in the oil discharge.

Following cleaning, thorough examination of the airframe, borescopic inspection and repairs of the right engine the aircraft was able to return to service 6 days later.

China's Civil Aviation Authority (CAAC) reported that a low level cloud bank with cloud ceiling at 90 meters/295 feet MSL was moving inland from the sea causing the visibility to drop below 2000 meters. The autopilot was disconnected at an altitude of 104 feet (radar height 38 feet) and a go-around initiated, the radar height reduced to 10 feet until the airplane began to climb again. The CAAC said, that the crew did not immediately discontinue the approach after losing visual reference but tried their luck by continuing on autopilot until the "50 feet" call, only then the go-around was initiated. Due to the late decision by the crew the right hand wing, right hand engine and right hand main gear impacted and clipped treetops outside the airport perimeter. An investigation of the serious incident is under way.

 
Incident: Aeroflot A319 at Moscow on Apr 28th 2011, bird strike
By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, Apr 28th 2011 09:30Z, last updated Thursday, Apr 28th 2011 09:30Z
An Aeroflot Airbus A319-100, registration VQ-BBA performing flight SU-791 from Moscow Sheremetyevo to Perm (Russia) with 47 passengers, was climbing through 900 meters/3000 feet out of Sheremetyevo's runway 25L when the right hand engine (CFM56) ingested a bird. The crew levelled at 1100 meters/3500 feet, shut the engine down and returned to Sheremetyevo's runway 25R about 15 minutes after departure.

The flight is currently estimated to depart Moscow with a delay of 8 hours.

Incident: Germanwings A319 near Nuremberg on Apr 28th 2011, burning smell in cockpit

By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, Apr 29th 2011 07:27Z, last updated Friday, Apr 29th 2011 07:27Z
A Germanwings Airbus A319-100, registration D-AGWB performing flight 4U-3751 from Vienna (Austria) to Hanover (Germany) with 86 passengers, was enroute at FL340 about 20nm north of Linz (Austria) and 125nm southeast of Nuremberg (Germany) about 16 minutes into the flight when the crew reported a burning smell in the cocpit and decided to divert to Nuremberg. The aircraft rapidly descended to FL100 reaching FL100 5 minutes later (average sinkrate 4800 fpm) landed safely in Nuremberg about 25 minutes after leaving FL340. Responding emergency services found no trace of fire or heat.

The remainder of the flight was cancelled, the passengers were bussed to Hanover (road distance 480km/260nm) and reached their destination with a delay of more than 8 hours.

The airline reported that maintenance did not detect any fault in cockpit or cabin.

Incident: Qatar A320 near Budapest on Apr 29th 2011, cargo fire indication

By Simon Hradecky, created Saturday, Apr 30th 2011 07:10Z, last updated Saturday, Apr 30th 2011 07:20Z
A Qatar Airways Airbus A320-200, registration A7-AHF performing flight QR-94 from Vienna (Austria) to Doha (Qatar) with 95 passengers and 8 crew, was enroute at FL350 about 150nm southeast of Budapest (Hungary) already over Romania when the crew received a cargo fire indication, descended the aircraft to FL110, turned around and diverted to Budapest for a safe landing on Budapest's runway 13R about 35 minutes later. Responding emergency services found no trace of fire, heat or smoke, the airplane subsequently taxied to the apron where passengers disembarked normally.

The smoke detector was identified faulty.

The airplane was able to continue the flight after about 5 hours on the ground and reached Doha with a delay of 6.5 hours.