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Thursday, 30 June 2011

Airbus Updates No.326

American Talking To Boeing, Airbus For 250 Planes - Report

American Airlines is negotiating with aircraft makers Airbus and Boeing to replace its entire domestic fleet by purchasing at least 250 planes in a deal valued at about USD$15 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported.
American, which currently operates an all-Boeing fleet, is interested in Airbus's narrow-body family of A320 planes as well as a new-engine A320 variant that will go into production in 2015, the Journal reported citing people familiar with the matter.
American, which is also evaluating Boeing's 737 family, hopes to resolve the terms of the order this summer, the paper reported.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Airbus Updates No.325

Singapore Air To Lease 15 More A330s

Singapore Airlines (SIA) said it had reached an agreement with Airbus to lease 15 more A330-300 aircraft.
SIA said in a statement on Wednesday that the aircraft will be delivered by Airbus between 2013 and 2015 and will use engines from Rolls-Royce.
The carrier said the planes would provide additional growth opportunities, signalling optimism in the outlook for air travel over the next few years at a time when Asia has overtaken North America as the busiest travel market.
"They will be operated by Singapore Airlines on routes within Asia as well as to points in Australia and the Middle East," SIA said.
"The aircraft will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines. They will be leased for a minimum of six years, with an option to extend the lease term, and will join 19 Trent 700-powered A330-300s already in service."
SIA declined to provide financial terms of the deal but industry data shows the total value of the 15 aircraft would be more than USD$3 billion at list price.
The airline currently operates a total of 108 aircraft, according to its website, including 11 Airbus A380 super-jumbos.

Airbus Updates No.324

Airbus A319 -111 3169   EI-EPR Aer Lingus at MAD 27jun11 in full cs prior lease  ex EC-KEV
 Airbus A319 -112 3331   VQ-BNF Tatarstan Aircompany in full cs at SNN 29jun11 after paint prior delivery  ex N331BV
 Airbus A319 -111 4759   EI-IMM Alitalia delivery 29jun11 XFW-FCO ex D-AVYE
 Airbus A320 -232 667   RP-C8993 Zest Airways in full cs at DUB 27jun11 prior delivery ex N403AC
 Airbus A320 -214 707   XA-ROA InterJet c/n now known, in svc 27jun11 ex N707CG


Airbus A320 -214 4235   XA-DOS InterJet c/n now known ex OE-IAX
 Airbus A320 -214 4411   XA-SUN InterJet for delivery ex GYR 29jun11  ex EI-ERY
 Airbus A320 -214 4740   G-EZUJ easyJet delivery 29jun11 XFW-LGW ex D-AVVI


Airbus A320 -214 4745   N216FR Frontier delivery 28jun11 TLS-KEF-MKE ex F-WWIS


 Airbus A320 -214 4750   B-6821 Spring Airlines delivery 28jun11 TLS-SVX ex F-WWIV
 Airbus A321 -211 675   F-WTAX Macquarie Airfinance ferried 28jun11 AUH-LCA-MPL ex A9C-ES


Airbus A321 -231 4761   TC-JRS Turkish Airlines delivery 29jun11 XFW-IST ex D-AVZJ

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Airbus Updates No.323

China’s CAS and ICBC Leasing buy 88 Airbus A320 Family aircraft

 
28 June 2011 Press Release
China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS) and ICBC Financial Leasing Co., Ltd.  (ICBC Leasing) have signed agreements with Airbus for a total of 88 A320 Family aircraft.
CAS’s General Terms Agreement (GTA) with Airbus for 88 A320 Family aircraft was signed today in Berlin by Li Hai, President of CAS and Tom Enders, President and CEO of Airbus. 
In the frame of this GTA, ICBC Leasing signed a purchase agreement with Airbus for 42 A320 Family aircraft. The agreement was signed by Li Xiaopeng, Senior Executive Vice President of ICBC and Chairman of ICBC Leasing, and Tom Enders. This is the first order that ICBC Leasing has placed directly with an aircraft manufacturer. So far ICBC has 68 aircraft in its portfolio. ICBC Leasing is a subsidiary of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the world’s largest bank by market capitalization. 
“Since the first A320 Family aircraft was introduced in China in 1995, the Airbus single aisle programme has played an important role in supporting the fast Chinese civil aviation growth. The A320’s high reliability and low operational cost have made them very popular among Chinese airlines. The outstanding eco-efficient performance of the Airbus A320 Family will contribute significantly to the sustainable development of Chinese civil aviation,” said Li Hai, President of CAS.
“After a thorough assessment and study of the market, we have decided to place our very first order with Airbus for its A320 Family. This strategic decision to start with the A320 Family aircraft will help our customers to develop their business in the most profitable and sustainable way,” said Li Xiaopeng, Chairman of ICBC Leasing. 
“We are delighted to receive a new order from our long-lasting customer CAS, and also the very first order from ICBC Leasing. These aircraft will contribute to the growth and success of China’s aviation sector, and we are proud to be their partner,” said Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO. 
By the end of May 2011, there were some 575 A320 Family aircraft in operation with 13 Chinese airlines. 
The A320 Family (A318, A319, A320 and A321) is recognized as the benchmark single-aisle aircraft family. With more than 7000 aircraft sold, and over 4,700 aircraft delivered to more than 330 customers and operators worldwide, the A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft family. With 99.7 per cent 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.

Monday, 27 June 2011

Airbus Updates No.322

 Airbus A300 -605RF 626   EK Rus Aviation ferried 26jun11 BOD-DRS, N-reg, after paint  ex N77080

Airbus A300 [N77080]

Airbus A318 -111 2575   N589AV Avianca delivery 24jun11 SJO-BOG ex N599EL


 Airbus A320 -232 760   UR-DAJ Donbassaero at DUB 26jun11 in full cs prior delivery  ex N263LF
 Airbus A320 -233 839   HA-LPA Wizz Air last svc 26jun11 FCO-BUD, for Garuda Citilink aug11  ex EI-DFV
 Airbus A320 -214 1390   VQ-BKL Vladivostok Avia at SNN 27jun11 in full cs, 6Y-reg, prior delivery ex 6Y-JMG
 Airbus A320 -214 1503   TC-ATB AtlasJet at SNN 27jun11 in full cs, 6Y-reg, prior delivery ex 6Y-JMH
 Airbus A320 -214 1504   D-ALTE Air Berlin to be ferried 27jun11 DUB-TXL after paint prior return to svc from 02jul11 ex OE-LTU


 Airbus A320 -214 2745   D-AHHC Hamburg Airways seen painted at SEN 27jun11 prior delivery  ex EI-ERR


Airbus A320 -214 4411   XA-SUN InterJet for delivery ex GYR 27jun11  ex EI-ERY


Airbus A320 -214 4749   G-EZUK easyJet delivery 27jun11 XFW-LGW ex D-AVVL
 Airbus A321 -211 775   EI-EPM ILFC at SNN 27jun11 all white after paint ex N831LF


Airbus A340 -313 164   G-VAIR Virgin Atlantic ferried 25jun11 LHR-MAN for paint into new cs ex F-WWJA
 Airbus A340 -313 214   G-VELD Virgin Atlantic ferried 25jun11 MAN-LHR after paint into new cs ex F-WWJY

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Airbus Updates No.321

Incident: Small Planet A320 at Vilnius on Jun 20th 2011, unsafe gear

By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Jun 21st 2011 13:32Z, last updated Tuesday, Jun 21st 2011 13:32Z
A Small Planet Airlines Airbus A320-200, registration YL-LCE performing flight LLC-3206 from Hurghada (Egypt) to Vilnius (Lithuania) with 153 passengers, was on approach to Vilnius when the crew received an unsafe indication for the nose gear and aborted the approach. The crew used the alternate gear extension which lowered and locked all gear. The aircraft landed safely in Vilnius about 15 minutes after aborting the first approach and needed to be towed off the runway due to lack of nose gear steering as result of the manual gear extension.

Incident: Germanwings A319 near London on Apr 11th 2011, collided with weather balloon in flight

By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Jun 21st 2011 14:02Z, last updated Tuesday, Jun 21st 2011 14:53Z
A Germanwings Airbus A319-100, registration D-AKNK performing flight 4U-2376 from Stuttgart (Germany) to London Stansted,EN (UK), was on approach to London Stansted descending through FL180 when the aircraft collided with a weather balloon. The aircraft was able to continue the approach for a safe landing on Stansted's runway 22 about 15 minutes later.

Germany's BFU reported that the aircraft received no damage, the UK AAIB is investigating the incident

Incident: SATA A313 near Ponta Delgada on Jun 20th 2011, hydraulic failure
By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Jun 21st 2011 15:20Z, last updated Tuesday, Jun 21st 2011 15:20Z
A SATA International Airbus A310-300, registration CS-TKM performing flight S4-320 from Toronto,ON (Canada) to Ponta Delgada/Azores (Portugal), suffered the failure of a hydraulic system while on approach to Ponta Delgada. The crew was able to normally lower the landing gear and continued for a safe landing in Ponta Delgada.

The onward leg from Ponta Delgada to Lisbon (Portugal) was cancelled.

Incident: Egyptair B773 and Lufthansa A346 at New York on Jun 20th 2011, close encounter due to runway incursion

By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Jun 21st 2011 11:18Z, last updated Tuesday, Jun 21st 2011 20:56Z
A Lufthansa Airbus A340-600, registration D-AIHM performing flight LH-411 from New York JFK,NY (USA) to Munich (Germany), was cleared for takeoff from JFK's runway 22R at approximately 18:52L (22:52Z), the next aircraft in sequence had been cleared to line up runway 22R, when the tower controller highly agitated called "CANCEL TAKEOFF CLEARANCE" at approximately 18:53L, Lufthansa 411 reported rejecting takeoff. The airplane slowed safely from high speed. Another crew on frequency commented that was very close. The Airbus A340 vacated the runway at taxiway H. The crew reported hot brakes and had the brakes checked out by emergency services.

At the same time an Egyptair Boeing 777-300, registration SU-GDR performing flight MS-986 from New York JFK,NY (USA) to Cairo (Egypt), was in contact with ground control taxiing for departure out of terminal 4 and had been instructed to turn left onto taxiway B hold short of D. The crew however missed the turn onto taxiway B and instead turned onto runway 22R at taxiway J. After the tower had cancelled the takeoff clearance and Lufthansa had rejected takeoff ground control calmly instructed the aircraft to turn back onto J and turn right onto B to vacate the runway, then changed plan and had the airplane taxi up runway 04L turn onto taxiway H and join taxiway B.

The Lufthansa A340 was able to depart again about 2 hours later and reached Munich with a delay of 1:45 hours. The Egyptair B777 departed New York about 75 minutes later and reached Cairo with a delay of 40 minutes.

Incident: SATA A320 at Funchal on Jun 20th 2011, flock of birds ingested by both engines, bird strike opens forward cargo door

By Simon Hradecky, created Monday, Jun 20th 2011 13:39Z, last updated Wednesday, Jun 22nd 2011 13:57Z
A SATA International Airbus A320-200, registration CS-TKJ performing flight S4-680 from Funchal (Portugal) to Copenhagen (Denmark) with 104 passengers and 6 crew, just rotated for takeoff from runway 05 when the airplane went through a flock of sea gulls causing a number of birds being ingested into both engines (CFM56) causing both engines to vibrate and a number of sea gulls hitting wings, fuselage and landing gear causing the forward cargo door to open. The aircraft climbed out safely and returned to Funchal for a safe landing on runway 05 about 15 minutes after departure.

The airport reported the birds were sitting on the runway despite ultrasound equipment to scare the birds away and flew up when the aircraft went through the flock.

A replacement Airbus A320-200 is currently estimated to reach Copenhagen with a delay of 5:15 hours.

Both engines suffered a number of damaged fan blades but received no downstream damage. Both fans needed replacement of almost half the number of fan blades.

Portugal's GPIAA reported that both engines suffered high amplitude vibrations however without significant loss of power. The airplane climbed to safety altitude and immediately returned for a safe overweight landing. During roll out the forward cargo door was observed open confirmed by cockpit indications. Blood traces were found on various parts of the aircraft, a number of fan blades of both engines were damaged, borescopic inspections revealed no damage in the compressors, combustion chambers or turbines.

Aviation sources reported at least one sea gull hit the door handle of the forward cargo door and rotated the handle into the open position causing the forward cargo door to open.

 
Incident: Air Canada A320 at Edmonton on Jun 16th 2011, slat problem
By Simon Hradecky, created Wednesday, Jun 22nd 2011 19:58Z, last updated Wednesday, Jun 22nd 2011 19:58Z
An Air Canada Airbus A320-200, registration C-FKCR performing flight AC-175 from Toronto,ON to Edmonton,AB (Canada) with 106 people on board, was on approach to Edmonton's runway 02 when the crew aborted the approach due to a "F/CTL SLATS FAULT" ECAM message and the slats not extending. The relevant checklists were actioned, then the crew declared emergency and performed a safe slat up landing.

The Canadian TSB reported that maintenance replaced a hydraulic motor in the left slat power control unit

Incident: Delta A319 at Boston on Jun 23rd 2011, hydraulic failure
By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, Jun 23rd 2011 21:06Z, last updated Thursday, Jun 23rd 2011 21:06Z
A Delta Airlines Airbus A319-100, registration N365NB performing flight DL-1372 from New York La Guardia,NY to Boston,MA (USA) with 134 people on board, was on approach to Boston descending through 9000 feet when the crew reported they had a hydraulic failure. The airplane entered a holding at 6000 feet to troubleshoot the problem, the crew subsequently declared emergency reporting they needed to manually extend the gear and therefore lost nose wheel steering requiring them to stop on the runway, they needed runway 04R and an extended pattern because of slow flaps. Operations had already dispatched a tow truck to get them off the runway. The aircraft landed safely on runway 04R about 35 minutes after aborting the first approach and was towed off the runway
Incident: Aeroflot A321 at Krasnojarsk on Jun 24th 2011, engine shut down in flight
By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, Jun 24th 2011 18:55Z, last updated Friday, Jun 24th 2011 18:55Z
An Aeroflot Airbus A321-200, registration VQ-BEA performing flight SU-780 from Krasnojarsk to Moscow Sheremetyevo (Russia) with 126 passengers and 7 crew, was in the initial climb out of Krasnojarsk when the crew decided to return to Krasnojarsk for a safe landing.

The aircraft was able to depart again and reached Moscow with a delay of 9 hours.

West Siberia's transport prosecutor reported the left hand engine failed.

Incident: Scandinavian A321 over North Sea on Jun 24th 2011, medical emergency

By Simon Hradecky, created Saturday, Jun 25th 2011 13:20Z, last updated Saturday, Jun 25th 2011 13:20Z
A Scandinavian Airlines Airbus A321-200, registration OY-KBH performing flight SK-502 from London Heathrow,EN (UK) to Copenhagen (Denmark), was enroute at FL370 over the North Sea when a female passenger (approx 50) suffered symptoms of a stroke and became unconscious. The flight crew accelerated approach into Copenhagen and landed safely, the patient was taken to a local hospital.

A passenger on board reported the lady became ill during the flight, paramedics came on board after landing in Copenhagen and took her off the aircraft on a wheel chair.











Airbus Updates No.320

Airbus A319-100 [TC-ATD]
Airbus A340-300 [G-VELD]
Airbus A320-200 [YL-LCH]
Airbus A320-200 [EC-LAQ]

Airbus Updates No.319

Airbus A320 -214 1751   VQ-BLO Ural Airlines delivery 25jun11 SNN-SVX ex 6Y-JMJ
 Airbus A320 -214 2539   XA-KNO InterJet delivery 25jun11 DUS-KEF-BGR-TLC, all white ex D-ABDA


Airbus A320 -214 4411   XA- InterJet for delivery ex GYR 27jun11  ex EI-ERY


 Airbus A320 -232 4741   XA-VOX Volaris delivery 25jun11 TLS-KEF-BGR-TLC  ex F-WWIQ


Airbus A321 -231 4753   D-AIDI Lufthansa delivery 24jun11 XFW-FRA ex D-AVZI


Airbus A330 -343 1232   VQ-BQX Aeroflot delivery 24jun11 TLS-SVO ex F-WWYI
 Airbus A330 -223 1233   B-6531 China Southern delivery 22/23/24jun11 TLS-LBG-TLS-CAN  ex F-WWYK
 Airbus A330 -323 1234   9M-MTD Malaysia Airlines delivery 24jun11 TLS-KUL ex F-WWYN

Airbus Updates No.318

China Blurs A380 Order, Backs 747 Amid EU Row

China downgraded the announcement of an Airbus superjumbo order and signed up for the Boeing 747-8 as deals worth USD$9 billion coincided with a row over European emissions trading rules, industry sources said.
The deals both involved parts of the HNA airlines group and had been planned before the Paris Air Show, they said, but the decision not to announce the names of the buyers triggered one of the mysteries of this week's event.
Industry sources said plans to announce a high-profile USD$3.8 billion deal between Airbus and Hong Kong Airlines for 10 A380 superjumbos were called off on Thursday because of China's anger over European plans to charge airlines for emissions.
China threatened last month to hold back on purchasing Airbus aircraft because of the EU emissions trading scheme, which airlines body IATA has called illegal.
Additionally, industry sources said a company affiliated to the same carrier, Hainan Airlines, was behind the unexpected announcement of an anonymous deal at Boeing this week.
Boeing said an unidentified airline had provisionally committed to 15 747-8 passenger jets worth USD$4.8 billion.
Airlines often choose to buy airliners without identifying themselves to their competition, but such announcements are rarely made at air shows which are designed for publicity. Boeing also rarely announces deals before they are confirmed.
Airbus and Boeing declined to comment and representatives of the HNA Group were not available.
Hong Kong Airlines is 46 percent owned by HNA Group, the parent of Hainan Airlines.
TEMPTING TARGET
Airbus and Boeing both brought their largest passenger jets to the show, a biennial event which rotates with the Farnborough Air Show in Britain.
The 747-8 with 467 seats is Boeing's first stretched version of the 747 and is in the midst of flight testing. It will enter service initially as a freighter, then in a passenger version.
The 525-seat A380 is the world's largest airliner and Europe's most high-profile aircraft since Concorde, making it a tempting target in any political tensions affecting aerospace.
The Airbus deal has not itself been blocked and is in the manufacturer's order book, but the decision to cancel a signing ceremony is a clear protest signal, the industry sources said.
Aircraft purchases also need Chinese government approval.
The 747-8 purchase followed competition between Airbus and Boeing for the Hong Kong Airlines order.
While advancing development of its own smaller plane, China tends to balance orders between the two foreign suppliers.
From January 1 next year, the EU will require all airlines flying to Europe to be included in the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), a system that compels polluters to buy permits for each tonne of carbon dioxide they emit above a certain cap.
China's top aviation industry body ramped up pressure on the European Union earlier this month, saying it would give full support to legal action against the forced entry of airlines into the EU's carbon trading scheme.
China says the scheme is unfair for developing countries and costly.

Friday, 24 June 2011

Airbus Updates No.317

Hong Kong Airlines Behind A380 Order

A firm order for 10 Airbus superjumbos, described by the European plane maker as a deal with an unidentified customer, was placed by Hong Kong Airlines, an industry source said on Thursday.
The aircraft are worth USD$3.8 billion at list prices.
Hong Kong Airlines said last week it would announce orders at the Paris Air Show, including A380s.
The Hong Kong-based carrier is 46 percent owned by HNA Group, parent of Hainan Airlines.
An Airbus spokesman refused to comment.

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Airbus Updates No.316

Total orders confirmed by Airbus during the Paris Air Show 2011


Airbus
A380
2SkymarkA380-800
10Hainan AirlinesA380-800
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Total: 12
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A350
6ALAFCOA350-900
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Total: 6
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A330
4Saudi ArabianA330-300
11Air Lease Corp.A330-?
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Total: 15
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A320
1Air Lease CorpA321
18AviancaTACAA320MOU
15GarudaA320MOU
30IndiGoA320
20GoAirA320
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Total: 84
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A320NEO
20Air Lease Corp.A320NEOMOU +14 options not included in total
16Air Lease Corp.A321NEOMOU
33AviancaTACAA320NEOMOU
50CITA320NEOMOU
60GECASA320NEO
10GarudaA320NEOMOU
150IndiGoA320NEO
40JetBlueA320NEOMOU
20LANA320NEO
40FrontierA319NEOMOU Launch Customer
40FrontierA320NEOMOU
30SASA320NEO
6TransAsiaA321NEO
30ALAFCOA320NEOMOU
72GoAirA320NEO
200Air AsiaA320NEO
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Total: 817
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Total New Orders: 934
Total List Value: $91.1 Billion

Airbus Updates No.315

Airbus with new order record at Paris Air Show 2011

 
At the 49th Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, Airbus won about US$72.2 billion worth of business for a total of 730 aircraft. This success sets a new record for any commercial aircraft manufacturer at any air show ever. The commitments comprise Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 312 aircraft worth US$28.2 billion and firm purchase orders for 418 aircraft worth around US$44.0 billion.
The A320neo Family was clearly the star of the week and proved irresistible to airlines and lessors alike, by winning an unprecedented 667 commitments worth some US$60.9 billion. Furthermore, this means that total A320neo Family backlog since its launch in December 2010 has now reached 1,029 units, making it by far the best selling airliner in the history of commercial aviation.
In addition to the A320neo Family’s success, the standard A320 Family also continues to be popular, having received 34 commitments worth US$2.8 billion at the show. Commitments were also received for 11 A330s worth US$2.4 billion, six A350s worth US$1.6 billion, and 12 A380s worth US$4.5 billion.
“Le Bourget 2011 is a strong confirmation of our product strategy. With over 1,000 commitments just half a year after launch our A320neo is a real bestseller,” said Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO.” "I have to admit, I largely underestimated the market demand for neo before this show.”
Airbus is the leading aircraft manufacturer offering the most modern, comprehensive and efficient passenger aircraft family on the more than 100-seat market, while its military division is the global leader for transport, tanker and surveillance airlifters. Headquartered in Toulouse, France, Airbus is an EADS company.

Airbus Updates No.314

 Airbus A321 -231 4746   B-6755 China Eastern delivery 23jun11 XFW-OVB ex D-AVZG


Airbus A330 -223 1233   B-6531 China Southern delivery 22/23jun11 TLS-LBG-TLS ex F-WWYK
 Airbus A340 -313 215   A9C-LH Gulf Air ferried 23jun11 BAH-CHR, for Hellenic Imperial ex A4O-LH

Airbus Updates No.313

Airbus
A380
2SkymarkA380-800 
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Total: 2
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A350
6ALAFCOA350-900 
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Total: 6
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A330
4Saudi ArabianA330-300 
11Air Lease Corp.A330-? 
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Total: 15
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A320
1Air Lease CorpA321 
18AviancaTACAA320MOU
15GarudaA320MOU
30IndiGoA320 
20GoAirA320 
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Total: 84
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A320NEO
20Air Lease Corp.A320NEOMOU +14 options not included in total
16Air Lease Corp.A321NEOMOU
33AviancaTACAA320NEOMOU
50CITA320NEOMOU
60GECASA320NEO 
10GarudaA320NEOMOU
150IndiGoA320NEO 
40JetBlueA320NEOMOU
20LANA320NEO 
40FrontierA319NEOMOU Launch Customer
40FrontierA320NEOMOU
30SASA320NEO 
6TransAsiaA321NEO 
30ALAFCOA320NEOMOU
72GoAirA320NEO 
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Total: 617
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Total New Orders: 724
Total List Value: $69.2 Billion

AirAsia orders 200 A320neo aircraft

 
AirAsia, the largest low cost airline in the Asia-Pacific region, has placed a firm order with Airbus for 200 A320neo aircraft. The contract, announced at the Paris Air Show today, is the largest order ever placed for the A320 Family and makes AirAsia the biggest airline customer for the Airbus single aisle product line worldwide. AirAsia announced that its A320neo aircraft will be powered by CFM International’s new LEAP-X engines.
Altogether, AirAsia has now placed firm orders for 375 A320 Family aircraft, with 89 already in service on the carrier's fast-growing pan-Asian network. In addition, the carrier's long haul affiliate AirAsia X is also an all-Airbus customer having placed orders for 38 widebody aircraft.
“With this historic deal AirAsia has secured its future with the ability to meet the huge growth potential offered by the Asian market," said Tan Sri Dr Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer, AirAsia. "Our decision to be one of the launch customers for the A320neo will ensure that we remain at the forefront of our business, with one of the world's youngest and most modern fleets."
“Thanks to the incredible entrepreneurial spirit of Tony Fernandes and the energy of his team, Air Asia has established itself as one of the fastest-growing, most innovative and respected airlines in the business," said Tom Enders, President and Chief Executive Officer, Airbus. "This landmark deal is the strongest endorsement yet of our decision to invest in the development of the A320neo and further consolidates the market-leading position of the Airbus single aisle product line."
Incorporating new engines and large wing tip devices called sharklets, the A320neo will deliver fuel savings of 15 percent and additional range capability of 500 nautical miles (950 kilometers), or the ability to carry two tonnes more payload at a given range. For the environment, the fuel savings translate into 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. The A320neo will have over 95% airframe commonality with the existing models, enabling it to fit seamlessly into existing A320 Family fleets.
The A320 Family (A318, A319, A320 and A321) is recognised as the benchmark single-aisle aircraft family. Over 7,000 A320 Family aircraft have already been ordered and more than 4,700 delivered to more than 330 customers and operators worldwide.

Airbus Updates No.312

GoAir buys 72 Airbus A320neo aircraft

 
India’s GoAir, ‘The Fly Smart Airline”, has selected the A320neo for its long term fleet expansion plans with a firm order for 72 aircraft. The agreement was signed at the 49th Le Bourget Airshow.
Airbus delivered GoAir’s first A320 in 2007 from its original order of 20 A320s placed in 2006. The airline currently operates 10 A320s with an average age of two years which makes it the youngest airline fleet in India. It’ll take delivery of the other 10 aircraft over the next two years.
“Today we have shown our commitment to the growth of our airline and to our loyal customers. The combined order for 92 Airbus aircraft (20 A320s and 72 A320neo) reinforces our longstanding partnership with the leading manufacturer and the leading aircraft the market has to offer,” said Jeh Wadia, Managing Director, Go Airlines. 
“We are delighted with GoAir’s endorsement of our A320neo. As an established operator of the A320, GoAir clearly recognises the benefits and productivity gains of being able to operate A320s and A320neo harmoniously in a single fleet,” said Tom Enders, President and Chief Executive Officer, Airbus.
Over 7,000 A320 Family aircraft have already been ordered and more than 4,700 delivered to more than 330 customers and operators worldwide. The A320neo has over 95 percent airframe commonality making it an easy fit into existing fleets while offering up to 500 nautical miles (950 kilometres) more range or two tonnes more payload.
The A320neo, available from 2015, incorporates new more efficient engines and large wing tip devices called “Sharklets” delivering significant fuel savings of 15 percent, which is equivalent to 1.4 million litres of fuel per aircraft per year, or the consumption of 1,000 mid sized cars. This saves 3,600 tonnes of CO2 annually per aircraft. In addition, the A320neo provides a double-digit reduction in NOx emissions and reduced engine noise.

Airbus Updates No.311

Skymark Airlines orders two more A380s

 
Skymark Airlines, Japan’s third largest and fast growing airline, placed firm orders with Airbus for two more A380 aircraft. This latest purchase agreement brings the total number of A380s ordered by Skymark to six aircraft. The Japanese carrier plans to start operations with the A380 on international routes linking Narita to destinations in Europe and the U.S.
The contract was signed on Thursday, 23rd June, at the Paris Air Show, 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, “The A380 is a remarkable aircraft, setting new standards in air travel, and giving us strong competitive advantages in the international market.  Therefore, we have decided to increase the firm order to six aircraft.  We are extremely happy to become the very first Japanese airline to offer our passengers a unique and new experience of flying with the A380.”  
“We appreciate the strong and renewed vote of confidence from our first Japanese A380 airline customer,” said Tom Enders. “Thanks to its fleet of six A380s, Skymark will benefit from significantly reduced operating costs and leading environmental performance while offering its passengers the highest levels of comfort. The airline will be extremely well positioned to grow as an international carrier.”  
The A380 is the most advanced, spacious and eco-efficient airliner in service today. Over 12 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 300,000 revenue flight hours in nearly 33,000 commercial flights. Today, Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, Air France, and Korean Air operate the aircraft on daily services to Narita Airport. 
Following today's announcement, total firm orders for the A380 stand at 236 from 18 customers worldwide and 51 aircraft have been delivered to six customers.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Airbus Updates No.310

A320 Family Sharklet wingtip device is spotted at the Paris Air Show

 
While rain showers may have turned certain areas of the Paris Air Show into the equivalent of shallow lakes, visitors weren’t imaging things when they reported sightings of a Sharklet in the static display area.
The full-scale Sharklet large wingtip device is being shown in a “trompe œil” style, extending from the depiction of an A320 Family aircraft painted on the side of Airbus’ hospitality venue.
Offered as optional equipment on new production A320 Family jetliners – and included on all A320neo aircraft – the Sharklets will provide aerodynamic improvements that result in multiple benefits for operators, including reduced fuel burn and lower emissions, better take-off performance and rate-of-climb, higher optimum altitude capabilities, reduced engine maintenance costs and higher residual aircraft value. 
As the Sharklets increase in popularity with customers ordering new-built aircraft, Airbus announced at the Paris Air Show today that it is investigating a retrofit option for such large winglets on earlier production A320s – potentially bringing their improvements to A320 Family aircraft currently in service. 

Airbus Updates No.309

ALAFCO to order 30 Airbus A320neo

ALAFCO, the Kuwait-based international Aviation Lease and Finance Company, has signed an agreement for 30 Airbus A320neo aircraft. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed at the 49th Paris airshow in Le Bourget. It follows the placing of an earlier firm order for six A350-900 aircraft. 
ALAFCO already ordered 26 A320s of which 25 have been delivered. Including this order, it shall then take ALAFCO’s total order for Airbus single aisle aircraft to 56.
“The A320neo is proving to be a very popular aircraft due to its economics and low fuel burn,” said Abulqasim Abdulghaffar Redha, ALAFCO Executive Vice President. “We anticipate strong demand from leasing customers and we look forward to helping them meet their requirements.”
“We’re taking neo orders from all corners of the world, from both airlines and leasing companies because we’ve hit a sweet spot in the market. An aircraft which offers a 15% reduction in fuel burn is proving to be irresistible,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers.
Over 7,000 A320 Family aircraft have already been ordered and more than 4,700 delivered to more than 330 customers and operators worldwide reaffirming its position as the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft family. The A320neo has over 95 percent airframe commonality making it an easy fit into existing fleets while offering up to 500 nautical miles (950 kilometres) more range or two tonnes more payload at a given range.
The A320neo is a new engine option for the A320 Family entering into service from 2015 and incorporates latest generation engines and large "Sharklet" wing tip devices, which together will deliver 15 percent in fuel savings. This reduction in fuel burn is equivalent to 1.4m litres of fuel – the consumption of 1,000 mid size cars.  This saves 3,600 tonnes of C02 per aircraft per year, the amount of C02 absorbed by 240,000 mature trees. The A320neo NOx emissions are 50% below CAEP/6 and this aircraft also has considerably smaller noise footprint.

Airbus Updates No.308

LAN signs firm order for 20 eco-efficient A320neo

 
LAN Airlines, one of Latin America’s leading passenger and cargo airlines placed a firm order at Le Bourget Airshow for 20 A320neo aircraft as part of its expansion strategy and fleet renewal program. The airline becomes the first in the region to sign a firm order for the A320neo. Engine selection will be announced by the airline at a later date. 
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 less engine noise, thus being a good neighbour at any airport where airlines will operate the aircraft.
This purchase agreement, which brings LAN’s total Airbus orders to more than 170 aircraft, comes just months after LAN bought 50 A320 Family aircraft in December. The airline is slated to start operating A320s with Sharklets as of 2013.
Ignacio Cueto, LAN Airlines’ Chief Operating Officer, commented: “This order solidifies our continuous commitment to provide customers with the most modern technology in aviation thanks to the A320neo’s dramatic improvements to fuel efficiency and range capabilities. Adding the A320neo to our fleet is a huge step in ensuring LAN’s leadership in the region.”
“Our history with LAN has been consistent with their passion for innovation and growth,” said Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO. “Airbus commends LAN for being the first in the region to order the A320neo and capitalize on its unbeatable cost savings.”
The A320 Family 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% reliability and extended servicing periods, the A320 Family has the lowest operating costs of any single aisle aircraft today.
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 more than 4,700 have been delivered to more than 330 customers and operators worldwide.
The Airbus fleet operating in Latin America has doubled in the last five years. With more 550 aircraft sold and a record backlog of more than 250 aircraft to be delivered to its Latin American customers, today nearly 400 Airbus aircraft are flying with Latin American airlines. This represents more than 60 percent of the fleet delivered in the region. 

Airbus Updates No.307

AviancaTaca to increase fleet with 51 A320 Family aircraft

 
Recently-merged AviancaTaca, which includes subsidiary AeroGal of Ecuador, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 51 A320 Family aircraft, including 33 eco-efficient A320neo. Once firm, the order will be the largest order for A320neo in the region and also the biggest from a single airline in the history of Airbus in Latin America. 
The new aircraft will support AviancaTaca’s expansion into new markets in Latin America, while keeping the airline’s fleet among the youngest in the region. 
“Since 1998, we have relied on the A320 Family’s economic benefits, customer appeal and proven reliability. Adding the A320neo to our fleet enhances AviancaTaca’s fuel efficiency and range capabilities,” said Fabio Villegas, President and CEO of AviancaTaca. “Today’s historic commitment reinforces our ongoing strategy to provide our customers with the most modern, efficient and environmental friendly services in the region.” 
With combined orders of 135 aircraft, AviancaTaca operates a total of 85 Airbus aircraft, including 78 A320 Family and seven A330 aircraft. Today, AviancaTaca has a backlog of 40 Airbus aircraft. AviancaTaca operates the entire A320 Family of aircraft (A318, A319, A320 and A321). 
“The A320neo will lift AviancaTaca to new levels of savings and efficiency,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers. “We are very proud that AviancaTaca continues to rely on Airbus to lower their operating costs and to modernize their fleet.”
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.
The A320 Family’s recognised as the benchmark single-aisle aircraft family. The aircraft features the latest technology available today, the widest and most comfortable cabin, and the highest degree of operational commonality. With 99.7% reliability and extended servicing periods, the A320 Family has also the lowest operating costs of any single aisle aircraft today. 
The A320 Family has exceeded 7,000 firm orders, reaffirming its position as the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft family. To date more than 4,700 have been delivered to more than 330 customers and operators worldwide.
The Airbus fleet operating in Latin America has doubled in the last five years. With more 550 aircraft sold and a record backlog of more than 250 aircraft to be delivered to its Latin American customers, today nearly 400 Airbus aircraft are flying with Latin American airlines. This represents more than 60 percent of the fleet delivered in the region. 

Airbus Updates No.306

Strong customer demand for A320neo brings total bookings to over 500

 
Aircraft orders and commitments for the A320neo new engine option from such customers as CIT Group, GE Capital Aviation Services, International Lease Finance Corp. and Air Lease Corp. have pushed the total number of bookings for the new engine option to more than 500, underscoring the broad customer appeal for this fuel efficient jetliner.
The demand is underscored by new A320neo Family aircraft business announced during the Paris Air Show’s initial days, including JetBlue’s memorandum of understanding (MOU)  to purchase 40 A320neos; the MOU from Garuda Indonesia that includes 10 A320neos; the MOU for 50 A320neo aircraft from CIT Group; TransAsia Airways’ firm order for six A321neos; Air Lease Corporation’s MOU for 50 A320neo jetliners, including 14 options; SAS’ firm order for 30 A320neo Family aircraft; and GE Capital Aviation Services’ firm order for 60 A320neo aircraft. 
The A320neo, which will available from 2015, is equipped with Airbus’ Sharklets wing tip devices and the latest generation engines, which together will deliver 15 percent in fuel savings.
Airbus sees continued significant market interest in the A320neo, and is fully committed to providing customers with the latest advances in fuel saving technologies as soon as they become available.

Airbus Updates No.305

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 Airbus A319 -132 4755   TC-JLV Turkish Airlines delivery 22jun11 XFW-IST ex D-AVYC


Airbus A320 -231 354   UR-CJD UM Air** delivery 17jun11 SAW-KBP, all white, in svc 21jun11 KBP-BEY vv  ex N354BV


Airbus A320 -214 566   SP-IAB Yes Airways delivery 21jun11 SEN-WAW  ex EI-ERV


Airbus A320 -232ACJ 3402   VP-CSS National Air Services ferried 21jun11 AMM-BSL prior sale to? ex F-WWBU
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 Airbus A320 -214 4733   XA-ECO InterJet delivery 21jun11 TLS-KEF-BGR-TLC  ex F-WWIN

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Airbus Updates No.304

JetBlue to order 40 A320neo aircraft

 
At the Le Bourget International Air Show in Paris today, JetBlue Airways and Airbus announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the airline to purchase 40 A320neo (new engine option) aircraft. The airline has not yet announced its engine selection for the new engine option aircraft. 
In addition, the MOU will result in JetBlue converting 30 of its current orders for A320 aircraft to the larger A321 model with enhanced wingtip devices called Sharklets.
The New York-based airline has long made the A320 Family the core of its fleet, starting with the delivery of its very first aircraft in 1999, an Airbus A320, one of 173 it has ordered in total – not including today’s announcement.
“JetBlue’s very first flight was operated by an A320, and with today’s news, we are further planning our future fleet with Airbus, our longest-standing business partner,” said Dave Barger, President and CEO of JetBlue Airways. “This fleet announcement is driven by our successful network strategy, and it also supports our financial goal of sustainable growth while respecting our energy and environmental responsibilities.  And our crewmembers and customers love the Airbus.”
“JetBlue is already one of the largest A320 Family operators in the world,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers. “By adding the A320neo and the A321 with Sharklets to its fleet, the airline is demonstrating why it continues to grow and lead so successfully – it drives evolution in the industry with the latest technology and trends.”
The A320neo, launched in late 2010, is the latest product innovation at Airbus. These new A319, A320 and A321 models feature a choice of two new engines – the PurePower PW1100G from Pratt & Whitney or the LEAP-X from CFM International. The aircraft also feature large wingtip devices known as Sharklets. Together this results in a 15 percent fuel burn reduction, corresponding to an annual carbon dioxide reduction of 3,600 metric tons per aircraft.
Airbus is the leading aircraft manufacturer with the most modern and comprehensive family of airliners on the market, ranging in capacity from 100 to more than 500 seats. More than 10,100 Airbus aircraft have been sold to more than 440 customers and operators worldwide, and more than 6,700 have been delivered since the company first entered the market in the early seventies

Airbus Updates No.303

Garuda Indonesia signs MOU for 25 A320 Family aircraft

 
Garuda Indonesia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus for the purchase of 25 A320 Family aircraft, making the airline a new customer for the Airbus single aisle product line. The MOU covers 15 standard A320s followed by 10 A320neo aircraft for operation by the carrier's domestic low cost unit Citilink, replacing its existing 737 fleet. 
"The A320 will be a new addition to the Garuda family and has been selected after a very thorough and lengthy evaluation process," said Emirsyah Satar, President & CEO Garuda Indonesia. "The combination of comfort for passengers, proven reliability for high frequency services and low operating costs made the A320 the clear favourite to enable Citilink to develop its full potential in the competitive low cost market."
"This announcement marks a new milestone in our long relationship with Garuda Indonesia," said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer, Customers, Airbus. "The A320 will enable Citilink to develop profitably its share of the fast-growing Indonesian market, benefitting from the lowest operating costs available today - which are about to get even lower with the arrival of the A320neo."
Incorporating new engines and large wing tip devices called sharklets, the A320 neo will deliver fuel savings of 15 percent and additional range capability of 500 nautical miles (950 kilometers), or the ability to carry two tonnes more payload at a given range. For the environment, the fuel savings translate into 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.
The A320 Family (A318, A319, A320 and A321) is recognised as the benchmark single-aisle aircraft family. Over 7,000 A320 Family aircraft have already been ordered and more than 4,700 delivered to more than 330 customers and operators worldwide. The A320neo will have over 95% airframe commonality with the existing models, enabling it to fit seamlessly into existing A320 Family fleets. The new engines types offered on the A320neo are CFM International’s LEAP-X and Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G.

Airbus Updates No.302

 

Paris Airshow: Gulf Air opts for IAE engines to power new extended range A321

Posted on 21 June 2011 in Air Transport

Gulf Air is the launch customer of the latest IAE engine, the V2500 SelectTwo for six A321 aircraft it ordered at the Paris Air Show.
The Bahrain carrier has traditionally been a CFM customer, but switched to the new IAE powerplant (IAE is a joint venture company between Rolls-Royce, Pratt & Whitney, Japanese Aero Engines and MTU) for the extended range Airbus narrowbodies.
“We are pleased to be selected to provide Gulf Air with not only their first V2500 power-plants, but as the first customer to order our new SelectTwo offering,” said Ian Aitken, president of IAE. “I am confident they made the right decision based on performance, reliability and maintainability that the V2500 SelectTwo will provide for their fleet.”


PICTURED: Samer Majali, Gulf Air chief executive officer and Mr. Ian Aitken, president of IAE sign the agreement.
The list price for the engines is around $180million, but Gulf Air was said to have struck a hard bargain for the engines - as well as benefiting from fuel savings with the new technology.
“The competitive fleet hourly offering from IAE and fuel burn advantage were key characteristics that assured us that the V2500 was the right engine for us,” said Gul air chief executive Samer Majali.  “Superb technology and world-class reliability were also important factors in our decision.

Airbus Updates No.301

CIT selects 50 A320neo aircraft

 
CIT Group Inc. (NYSE CIT), a leading global commercial finance company, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for 50 A320neo Family aircraft. The deal was signed today at the 49th Le Bourget airshow by C. Jeffrey Knittel, President of Transportation Finance at CIT and John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers.
This order brings the total number of aircraft in the Airbus order book for CIT to 241 aircraft, comprising 195 A320 Family aircraft (including the 50 A320neo aircraft), 39 A330s, seven A350 XWBs. Of these 141 have been delivered so far.
“This order will enable CIT Aerospace to maintain one of the youngest and most technologically advanced fleets in the industry and will help us meet our customers’ demand for state-of-the-art, fuel efficient aircraft,” said C. Jeffrey Knittel, President of Transportation Finance at CIT.
“We are delighted that a long standing Airbus customer and leading leasing company such as CIT has placed its first order for the industry’s new benchmark in fuel efficient, single-aisle aircraft, the A320neo,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers. ”This order yet again underlines the continued anticipated high demand for A320neo on the leasing market in particular thanks to their outstandingly high levels of reliability and unbeatable economics of the A320 Family.” 
Over 7,000 A320 Family aircraft have already been ordered and more than 4,700 delivered to more than 330 customers and operators worldwide reaffirming its position as the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft family. The A320neo has over 95 percent airframe commonality making it an easy fit into existing fleets while offering up to 500 nautical miles (950 kilometres) more range or two tonnes more payload at a given range.
The A320neo is a new engine option for the A320 Family entering into service from 2015 and incorporates latest generation engines and large "Sharklet" wing tip devices, which together will deliver 15 percent in fuel savings. This reduction in fuel burn is equivalent to 1.4m litres of fuel – the consumption of 1,000 mid size cars.  This saves 3,600 tonnes of C02 per aircraft per year, the amount of C02 absorbed by 240,000 mature trees. The A320neo NOx emissions are 50% below CAEP/6 and this aircraft also has considerably smaller noise footprint.

Airbus Updates No.300

TransAsia Airways orders six A321neo aircraft

 
TransAsia Airways of Taiwan announced today that it has placed a firm order with Airbus for six A321neo aircraft. The new aircraft will enable the airline to respond to strong growth on regional services, especially on direct routes between Taiwan and mainland China. TransAsia will announce an engine selection for the new aircraft in the near future.
TransAsia Airways currently operates five A321s and two A320s on domestic and regional services. In addition to the order announced today, the airline already has six sharklet-fitted A321s on order for future delivery.
"With 18 years of successful operations with the A320 Family we have benefited from the low operating costs and exceptional reliability offered by the Airbus single aisle product line,” explained Vincent Lin, Chairman, of TransAsia Airways. “The A321neo will fit seamlessly into our existing fleet from an operational viewpoint, bringing new levels of fuel efficiency and having less impact on our environment."
“This order from TransAsia represents another vote of confidence from the Asian region in the latest versions of the best-selling A320 Family," said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer, Customers, Airbus. "No other aircraft in the 185-220 seat category will come close to the levels of efficiency offered by the A321neo, which will fly further at significantly less cost than the latest version of its direct competitor."
The A321neo is the largest model in the recently launched A320neo series. Incorporating new engines and large wing tip devices called sharklets, the A320neo series will deliver fuel savings of 15 percent and additional range capability of 500 nautical miles (950 kilometers), or the ability to carry two tonnes more payload at a given range. For the environment, the fuel savings translate into 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.
The A320 Family (A318, A319, A320 and A321) is recognised as the benchmark single-aisle aircraft family. Over 7,000 A320 Family aircraft have already been ordered and more than 4,700 delivered to more than 330 customers and operators worldwide. The A320neo series will have over 95% airframe commonality with the existing models, enabling it to fit easily into existing A320 Family fleets.
The new engines types offered on the A320neo Family are CFM International’s LEAP-X and Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G.

Airbus Updates No.299

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Airbus A330 -343 1074   HS-TES Thai International ferried 21jun11 BOD-HAM after storage for cabin config  ex F-WWKJ
 Airbus A330 -243F 1092   TC-JDP Turkish Airlines Cargo delivery 20jun11 TLS-IST ex F-WWKS

Monday, 20 June 2011

Airbus Updates No.298

Air Lease Corporation selects 50 A320neo Family aircraft, 11 A330 Family aircraft and one A321

 
Air Lease Corporation (ALC), the Los Angeles based aircraft leasing company has opted to expand its single-aisle and wide-body fleet portfolio with modern, eco-efficient Airbus aircraft. ALC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the 49th Le Bourget Airshow for 50 A320neo Family aircraft including 14 options. The agreement was signed today by Steven F. Udvar-Hazy, ALC Chairman and John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. ALC also announced orders for the acquisition of eleven A330 Family aircraft and one A321.
“This new order enables ALC to continue to offer its customers the most fuel efficient aircraft in the short and medium to long haul segments. The A320neo Family represents the industry’s new single-aisle benchmark and we look forward to seeing our customers benefitting from the cost savings it promises to deliver,” said Steven Udvar-Hazy, ALC’s CEO. “The A330 Family offers excellent economics in the mid-size widebody category today making it the ideal aircraft, right now and therefore an absolute must for the growth of ALCs portfolio”.
 “We are delighted to see ALC continue to expand its portfolio with a new order for Airbus single-aisle and wide-body aircraft, a testimony to the integrated, eco-efficient aircraft family we offer across all market segments,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “The modern and efficient A320 and the A330 Families are and will continue to be the cornerstone of airline fleets worldwide as they offer an excellent return on investment thanks to their outstanding operational reliability and low operating costs.”
The A320neo is a new engine option for the A320 Family entering into service from 2015 and incorporates latest generation engines and large "Sharklet" wing tip devices, which together will deliver 15 percent in fuel savings. This reduction in fuel burn is equivalent to 1.4m litres of fuel – the consumption of 1,000 mid size cars.  This saves 3,600 tonnes of C02 per aircraft per year, the amount of C02 absorbed by 240,000 mature trees. The A320neo NOx emissions are 50% below CAEP/6 and this aircraft also has considerably smaller noise footprint.
ALC has previously ordered a total of 51 A320 Family aircraft (30 A320s, 21 A321s) from Airbus of which four A320s have been delivered. With this new order, ALC’s cumulative orders and commitments for new Airbus aircraft will reach almost 100 (52 A320 Family, 36 A320neo Family and eleven A330 Family aircraft).
Over 7,000 A320 Family aircraft have already been ordered and more than 4,700 delivered to more than 330 customers and operators worldwide.
Airbus has recorded over 1,100 orders for the A330 Family, with more than 780 aircraft currently flying with more than 118 customers and operators worldwide. In addition to passenger aircraft, the A330 Family also includes freighter, VIP and military transport / tanker variants.