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Friday, 27 April 2012

Airbus Updates No.697

Airbus A319  -111  2446     VP-BDZ  RusLine  G-reg canx 25apr12 prior paint and delivery  ex G-EZE
 Airbus A319  -115(ACJ)  4024     RA-73025  Rossiya  ferried 26apr12 TLS-MST, F-reg for paint after VIP-configuration   ex F-WHUF
 Airbus A319  -115ACJ  4622     9H-AVK  Comlux Malta  ferried 26apr12 IND-MLA after VIP cabin config  ex D-AVWJ
 Airbus A320  -211  333     YL-LCA  smartLynx Airlines  ferried 25apr12 BUD-SEN, all wh, blue tail for paint   ex 4X-ABC
 Airbus A320  -22  527     SX-DIO  Astra Airlines  delivery 26apr12 DUB-SKG  x PH-AAY
 Airbus A320  -232  1177     G-MIDX  bmi British Midland  ferried 25apr12 LHR-EMA for paint into British Airways cs   ex F-WWDP
 Airbus A320  -214  2619     SP-IAH  Yes Airways  ferried 27apr12 PAD-OSR for paint into OLT Express cs   ex D-ABDB
 Airbus A320  -214  2712     SP-IAF  Yes Airways  delivery 26apr12 BUD-WAW after paint into OLT Express cs  ex A6-ABE
Airbus A320  -214  4955     HZ-ASF  Saudi Arabian  ferried 25apr12 MAD-JED after paint into SkyTeam cs   ex D-AXAW
 Airbus A320  -214  5066     PR-MYP  TAM  delivery 25-26apr12 XFW-SID-CNF  ex D-AUBE
Airbus A320  -214  5106     VQ-BRC  S7 Airlines  delivery 25apr12 TLS-DME  ex F-WWIU
 Airbus A320  -214  5112     VT-GOJ  Go Air  delivery 27apr12 TLS-ESB  ex F-WWIK
 Airbus A320  -214  5114     B-6769  Capital Airlines  delivery 26apr12 TLS-SVX  ex F-WWIT
 Airbus A320  -214  5115     SP-IAI  Yes Airways  ferried 25apr12 VIE-OSR for paint into OLT Express cs   ex OE-LEJ
 Airbus A320  -214  5122     D-AIZK  Lufthansa  delivery 25apr12 XFW-FRA  ex D-AVVA
Airbus A320  -232  5123     HA-LWO  Wizz Air  delivery 27apr12 TLS-BUD  ex F-WWBP
 Airbus A320  -214  5125     CC-BAW   LAN Airlines  delivery 26-27apr12 XFW-LPA-REC-SCL   ex D-AVYD
 Airbus A321  -231  663     EI-ETJ  Kolavia  delivery 27apr12 IST-DME  ex TC-OAE
 Airbus A321  -231  1276     EI-EUT  ILFC  ferried 27apr12 DUB-IST, Spanair cs  ex EC-HPM
 Airbus A321  -231  5118     TC-JRZ  Turkish Airlines  delivery 27apr12 XFW-IST  ex D-AZAW
 Airbus A321  -231  5124     B-6883  Air China  delivery 27apr12 XFW-OVB  ex D-AVZA
 Airbus A321  -211  5126     D-ABCJ  Air Berlin  delivery 26apr12 XFW-TXL  ex D-AVZC
 Airbus A330  -243  505     EC-LQO  Air Europa  delivery 24apr12 TLS-PMI   ex 5B-DBS
 Airbus A330  -243  1302     N386HA  Hawaiian Airlines  delivery 27apr12 TLS-HNL  ex F-WWYO
 Airbus A330  -243  1304     B-6541  Air China  delivery 25apr12 TLS-TSN  ex F-WWYT
 Airbus A330  -243  1306     VH-XFD  Virgin Australia  delivery 26apr12 TLS-KUL-SYD  ex F-WWYY
 Airbus A330  -343  1307     TC-JNP  Turkish Airlines  delivery 26apr12 TLS-IST  ex F-WWYX
 Airbus A380  -861  101     A6-EDV  Emirates  for delivery 27apr12 XFW-DXB  ex F-WWAG

Airbus Updates No.696

China Eastern To Order 777s, Delay Airbus Deal

China Eastern Airlines is set to place a USD$6 billion order for up to 20 Boeing 777 jets, while simultaneously delaying a recent Airbus deal, people familiar with the matter said.
The order for wide-body 777s follows a fierce but discreet contest between Boeing and Airbus and allows the US plane maker to bounce back after China's third-largest airline cancelled an order for 24 of its latest 787 Dreamliners last year.
Besides handing the 777 order to Boeing, China Eastern is stalling on the completion of a USD$3 billion order for 15 Airbus A330s announced last October, two of the people said.
Boeing, Airbus and China Eastern declined to comment.
The deals took shape at different times and for different plane types, but together they highlight the stakes involved as plane makers court the world's fastest-growing aviation market under the shadow of a recent trade dispute between China and Europe.
China and more than 20 nations oppose EU plans to force airlines to adopt a carbon emissions-capping scheme that they say will hit foreign long-haul carriers and infringe sovereignty. Airbus has said some plane sales could be threatened.
The EU says its Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is needed to meet climate targets and fill a void left by years of international inaction over airline emissions.
Boeing and Airbus are betting on new Chinese wealth and government infrastructure spending to bolster travel in the country, where domestic passenger traffic is growing rapidly.
Chinese domestic air traffic is expected to grow by an average of 7.5 percent per year until 2030, about three times the rate in North America, and by around 7 percent on inter-continental routes to and from China, according to Boeing.
In September, Boeing boosted its demand forecast for China by 25 percent, predicting that it would need 5,000 commercial aircraft worth USD$600 billion over the next 20 years.
China earlier this month reported its weakest quarterly economic growth in nearly three years, but Western aircraft manufacturers believe the 8.1 percent first-quarter expansion will continue to suck in regular imports of foreign jets.
The first 787 cancellation by a Chinese airline was widely seen as a setback for Boeing, but the US company has also been riding high on record orders last year for the 777, which dominates the market for aircraft with just under 400 seats.
Boeing said last month it was confident of selling China more 777s and was in advanced talks with an unnamed airline.
China Eastern is the third-largest mainland carrier by market value and second largest by domestic traffic, according to IATA. Its board is expected to meet on Friday.
The company and its subsidiary Shanghai Airlines currently operate a mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing short-haul jets and over 40 mainly Airbus long-haul aircraft.
The airline said in October it would place an order for 15 Airbus A330 aircraft subject to Chinese government approval, but analysis of the Airbus order book suggests the necessary backing has not yet happened.
China Eastern said in October it would return five long-range A340s to Airbus at the same time as placing an order for 15 smaller A330s. Airbus has stopped producing the four-engined A340, which was heavily outsold by Boeing's twin-engine 777.
The second-hand A340s, which are less fuel-efficient than twin-engine jets and expensive to convert, may be broken up and sold for parts if Airbus cannot find a buyer, market experts said.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Airbus Updates No.695


OLT EXPRESS have announced they will start a daily service from Warsaw to Gatwick from 29/10 as JEA703 eta 12.15, etd 13.00 as JEA704

they are also starting a weekly service between Lodz and Edinburgh

below is the airlines current Airbus fleet which is expected to grow to 14 aircraft this year

MSN Type Delivery date Registration Remark
1454320-21423/03/2012SP-IAELsd From Ilfc
2142320-21403/04/2012SP-IADLsd From Ilfc
2712320-21407/04/2012SP-IAFLsd From Cit

Airbus Updates No.694

Airbus A319  -111  2442     VP-BDY  RusLine  G-reg canx 12apr12, ferried 18apr12 SEN-OSR for paint   ex G-EZID
Airbus A320  -214  4699     OK-HCA  Holidays Czech Airlines  ferried 24apr12 BOH-PRG after paint into "Prague airport" cs  ex F-WWDO
Airbus A320  -214  4961     PK-GLJ  Garuda Citilink  delivery 23apr12 XFW-AAN, Kingfisher cs, VT-KRA ntu   ex D-AXAY
 Airbus A320  -232  5073     PK-RMP  Mandala  delivery 24-25apr12 XFW-DWC-SIN, basic Tiger Airways cs   ex D-AUBH
 Airbus A320  -232  5093     JA01JJ  Jetstar Japan  delivery 24apr12 TLS-CAI  ex F-WWIN
 Airbus A320  -214  5096     TC-FBO  Freebird Airlines  delivery 24apr12 TLS-AYT  ex F-WWIO
 Airbus A320  -214  5102     JA07MC  Star Flyer  delivery 24apr12 TLS-DXB  ex F-WWIS
 Airbus A320  -214  5108     B-6902  Spring Airlines  delivery 24apr12 TLS-SVX-SHA  ex F-WWIV
 Airbus A320  -214  5115     SP-IAI  Yes Airways  ferried 24apr12 VIE-OSR for paint into OLT Express cs   ex OE-LEJ
 Airbus A321  -211  1607     D-AIAA  Condor Berlin  ferried 22apr12 DUB-DUS, old D-reg after paint   ex D-ALSD
 Airbus A330  -243  505     EC-LQO  Air Europa  delivery 24apr12 TLS-PMI   ex 5B-DBS
Airbus A330  -243  1053     F-WWKR  Constellation Aviation Services   ferried 23apr12 LDE-CHR after storage for paint into? 

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Airbus Updates No.693

Airbus A319  -112  1654     EI-ETN  Rossiya  delivery 19apr12 OVB-LED  ex B-2225
 Airbus A319  -112  1679     EI-ETO  Rossiya  delivery 19apr12 OVB-LED  ex B-2223
 Airbus A319  -132  1729     5B-DBO  Cyprus Airways  ferried 22apr12 LCA-KEF after sale to GECAS   ex D-AVWR
 Airbus A319  -132  1768     5B-DBP  Cyprus Airways  ferried 22apr12 LCA-KEF after sale to GECAS   ex D-AVWB
Airbus A320  -231  430     XU-  Skywings Asia   delivery 21apr12 SAW-MCT in full cs, N-reg   ex N286AT
Airbus A320  -232  5073     PK-RMP  Mandala  delivery 21-22apr12 XFW-DWC-SIN, basic Tiger Airways cs   ex D-AUBH
Airbus A380  -861  101     A6-EDV  Emirates  for delivery 23apr12 XFW-DXB  ex F-WWAG

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Airbus Updates No.692

Incident: Delta A333 at Amsterdam on Apr 18th 2012, runway incursion
By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, Apr 19th 2012 14:17Z, last updated Thursday, Apr 19th 2012 14:17Z
A Delta Airlines Airbus A330-300, registration N815NW performing flight DL-234 from Detroit,MI (USA) to Amsterdam (Netherlands), had landed on Amsterdam's runway 18R (Polderbaan), vacated the runway via turnoff V3 and taxied along taxiway V being cleared to continued taxi via taxiway Z to holding point Z2. Another aircraft was on final approach to runway 18C when the A333 followed taxiway Z and was handed off to ground. The crew received instruction to continue taxi via taxiway Z and A to gate E17 reading back (holding point) Z2 to gate E17. Radar data suggest the aircraft turned off taxiway Z via taxiway W11, crossed the hold short line without clearance to cross the runway and crossed runway 18C prompting ground control to call out "Expedite your cross please!" and vacated the runway at W10 without clearance to cross. The aircraft subsequently continued their taxi without further incident.

The Dutch Safety Board (DSB) opened a short investigation stating that no risk of a collision existed although an aircraft was on approach to runway 18C stating that the A333 did cross the most southern part of the active runway 18C.

Incident: THY A343 at Istanbul on Apr 18th 2012, cracked windshield
By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, Apr 20th 2012 14:39Z, last updated Friday, Apr 20th 2012 14:39Z
A THY Turkish Airlines Airbus A340-300, registration TC-JDJ performing flight TK-7 from Istanbul Ataturk (Turkey) to Washington Dulles,DC (USA), was climbing out of Istanbul when a windshield developed a crack prompting the crew to return to Istanbul. The aircraft landed safely on Istanbul Ataturk Airport's runway 17L about 60 minutes after departure.

A replacement Airbus A330-300 registration TC-JNM departed about 4 hours past schedule and reached Washington with a delay of 3 hours

Incident: ANZ A320 at Christchurch on Apr 19th 2012, rejected takeoff twice
By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, Apr 20th 2012 18:29Z, last updated Friday, Apr 20th 2012 18:29Z
An Air New Zealand Airbus A320-200, registration ZK-OJS performing flight NZ-526 from Christchurch to Auckland (New Zealand) with 170 people on board, rejected takeoff from Christchurch at low speed due to an indication and returned to the apron. A short time later the aircraft attempted another takeoff but again had to reject takeoff at low speed and returned to the apron again.

Following examinations and a test run the aircraft was finally able to depart and reached Auckland with a delay of 4.5 hours.

The airline confirmed takeoff was rejected twice due to an indication problem. Maintenance performed a test run, the aircraft subsequently reached Auckland without further incident.
Incident: Onur A320 at Pori on Apr 20th 2012, could not retract gear due to hydraulic problems
By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, Apr 20th 2012 20:16Z, last updated Friday, Apr 20th 2012 20:16Z
An Onur Air Airbus A320-200, registration TC-OBE performing flight 8Q-5130 from Pori (Finland) to Antalya (Turkey), could not fully retract the landing gear after departure from Pori. The crew levelled off at FL100 and diverted to Helsinki's Vantaa Airport (Finland) for a safe landing about one hour later. The aircraft stopped disabled on the runway and was towed to the apron.

Emergency services reported two of the three hydraulic systems were malfunctioning causing the problem.

The aircraft is still on the ground 8 hours later.

The flight was postponed several times and is currently estimated to depart Helsinki at 02:30L (00:30Z) Apr 21st.


Airbus Updates No.691

 Airbus A320  -232  4919     B-6766  China Southern  delivery 19apr12 ex TSN  ex B-503L
Airbus A330  -243  1303     B-6546  China Eastern  delivery 21apr12 TLS-PVG  ex F-WWYS
 Airbus A380  -861  101     A6-EDV  Emirates  for delivery 21apr12 XFW-DXB  ex F-WWAG

Airbus Updates No.690

Airbus A380-800 [F-WWSU /9M-MNA ]Malaysian Airlines First A380 9M-MNA

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Airbus Updates No.689

Airbus A300  B4-203F  292     EK  GCS Cargo  in full cs at IST 16apr12, TC-reg prior delivery, to be ops by Skiva Air   ex TC-MNB
Airbus A318  -112CJ  4650     M-HHHH  Kutus Ltd  delivery 19apr12 XFW-IOM-DME  ex F-WHUI
 Airbus A319  -112  1068     F-GYFM  Air Corsica  ferried 18apr12 AJA-TLS on return to lessor, + 1145 F-GYJM 07apr12  ex F-WQRR
 Airbus A319  -111  2442     VP-BDY  Kuban Airlines  G-reg canx 12apr12, ferried 18apr12 SEN-OSR for paint   ex G-EZID
 Airbus A320  -231  415     LY-COS  Avion Express  seen regd at DUB 18apr12, all white. to be ops for Cosmo Airlines   ex EI-ETM
Airbus A320  -232  2479     EC-LRA  Vueling  delivery 18apr12 DUB-BCN, EI-reg  ex EI-EUO
 Airbus A320  -232  2496     EI-EWO  AerCap  regd 17apr12, ferried 18apr12 DUB-WOE, Kingfisher cs   ex VT-KFC
Airbus A320  -214  5103     RP-C8398  AirPhil Express  delivery 19-20apr12 XFW-SHJ-MNL   ex D-AUBR
Airbus A320  -214  5111     G-EZUV  easyJet  delivery 19apr12 XFW-LGW  ex D-AUBV
Airbus A321  -111  519     F-GYAZ  Air Méditerranée   ferried 17-18ap12 RGN-JAI-TZX-ORY after lease to Myanmar Airways Int´l   ex D-ANJA
Airbus A330  -322  171     EI-ETI  I-Fly  delivery 18apr12 CHR-VKO  ex D-AERS
 Airbus A330  -303  1300     PH-AKD  KLM  delivery 18apr12 TLS-AMS "Plaza de la Catedral - La Habana"   ex F-WWYC
 Airbus A340  -313  302     EC-HDQ  Iberia  ferried 18apr12** MAD-BOD after storage on return to lessor   ex F-WWJU

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Airbus Updates No.688

Accident: Virgin Atlantic A333 near London on Apr 16th 2012, cargo fire indication
By Simon Hradecky, created Monday, Apr 16th 2012 13:29Z, last updated Monday, Apr 16th 2012 13:29Z
A Virgin Atlantic Airbus A330-300, registration G-VSXY performing flight VS-27 from London Gatwick,EN (UK) to Orlando,FL (USA) with 299 passengers and 13 crew, was climbing out of London Gatwick's runway 08R about 75nm westsouthwest of London Gatwick Airport when the crew declared emergency, levelled off at FL220 reporting a cargo fire indication and returned to Gatwick. The aircraft landed safely on Gatwick's runway 08R about 35 minutes after departure, stopped about halfway down the runway and was evacuated, a number of tyres deflated. Responding emergency services found no trace of fire or smoke. A number of passengers received minor injuries in the evacuation.

The airline reported a technical problem prompted the captain to return to Gatwick and to evacuate the aircraft.

The airport was closed for about 2 hours as result of the occurrence until the aircraft was towed off the runway.

Incident: Aerosvit A320 near Simferopol on Apr 17th 2012, unruly passenger
By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Apr 17th 2012 15:18Z, last updated Tuesday, Apr 17th 2012 15:18Z
An Aerosvit Airbus A320-200, registration UR-DAI performing flight VV-276 from Dubai (United Arab Emirates) to Kiev Borispol (Ukraine), was enroute at FL340 about 125nm east of Simferopol (Ukraine), when the crew decided to divert to Simferopol after a drunk male passenger roamed around the cabin, pestered other passengers, refused to return to his seat despite instructions by cabin crew and subsequently struck a flight attendant. The unruly passenger was subdued and restrained, the aircraft landed safely about 25 minutes later, the unruly passenger was taken into custody by police.

The aircraft reached Kiev with a delay of 2 hours.

The airline reported the passenger was already drunk when he came aboard, he later began to roam around the cabin, clung to other passengers and refused instructions by cabin crew until he struck a flight attendant. The unruly was subdued by cabin crew with assistance of other passengers and taken into custody by police after landing.

Incident: Aer Lingus A332 at Madrid on Apr 16th 2012, flaps problem
By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Apr 17th 2012 16:30Z, last updated Tuesday, Apr 17th 2012 16:30Z
An Aer Lingus Airbus A330-200, registration EI-LAX performing flight EI-6962 from Madrid,SP (Spain) to Washington Dulles,DC (USA) with 264 passengers, was climbing out of Madrid's runway 36L when the crew reported problems with the flaps, stopped the climb at 12,000 feet and returned to Madrid's runway 33L about 20 minutes after departure.

A passenger reported the aircraft returned to Madrid after the crew detected a problem with the flaps.

The flight was cancelled, the passengers were rebooked onto an additional flight the following day.

The airline confirmed the aircraft returned to Madrid due to a technical issue. The flight was subsequently cancelled, the passengers were reaccommodated on an additional flight the following day

Airbus Updates No.687

Airbus A320  -232  872     RP-C8995  Zest Airways  c/n now known, (+ -233 874 RP-C8996 ex N593SH)  ex B-6256
Airbus A320  -232  1933     EC-LQZ  Vueling  delivery 15apr12 PGF-BCN  x EI-EUI
 Airbus A320  -233  2118     SP-ABK  Bingo Airways  ferried 11/17apr12 SEN-BOH-SEN, TC-reg for paint prior delivery  ex TC-IZA
 Airbus A320  -214  4699     OK-HCA  Holidays Czech Airlines  ferried 16apr12 SXF-BOH, all white, for paint  ex F-WWDO
Airbus A320  -214  5084     F-HBNK  Air France  delivery 16apr12 TLS-ORY  ex F-WWII
 Airbus A320  -214  5086     4R-ABP  Sri Lankan  delivery 13-14apr12 TLS-KWI-CMB   ex F-WWIJ
 Airbus A320  -233  5089     9V-SLP  Silk Air  delivery 14apr12 TLS-SHJ-SIN  ex F-WWIM
 Airbus A320  -214  5107     PR-MYR  TAM  delivery 16-17apr12 XFW-SID-GRU  ex D-AUBT
 Airbus A320  -214  5113     G-EZUT  easyJet  delivery 17apr12 XFW-LGW  ex D-AUBT
Airbus A321  -231  5099     JY-AYT  Royal Jordanian  delivery 16apr12 XFW-AMM  ex D-AZAV

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Airbus Updates No.686

Airbus A300  -622RF  679     D-AEAL  EAT Leipzig  delivery 14apr12 DRS-LEJ after conversion prior paint into DHL cs  ex N4679
Airbus A320  -231  430     XU-Z..  Skywings Asia   in full cs at SAW 13apr12, N-reg prior delivery   ex N286AT
 Airbus A320  -214  716     G-OMYA  Thomas Cook Airlines  ferried 12apr12 MAN-NWI for paint into? after storage   ex G-BXKB
 Airbus A320  -214  1564     HK-4811  VivaColombia  acc flt at SJO 10apr12 in full cs, N-reg  ex N260AV
 Airbus A320  -232  1998     EI-EUB  Livingston  paint at DUB from 06apr12  ex EC-IOH
Airbus A320  -232  4911     B-6905  Sichuan Airlines  delivery 12apr12 ex TSN  ex B-502L
 Airbus A320  -214  5064     G-EZUR  easyJet  delivery 12apr12 XFW-LGW  ex D-AUBD
Airbus A320  -214  5084     F-HBNK  Air France  for delivery 16apr12 TLS-ORY  ex F-WWII
 Airbus A320  -214  5086     4R-ABP  Sri Lankan  delivery 13-14apr12 TLS-KWI-CMB   ex F-WWIJ
 Airbus A320  -233  5089     9V-SLP  Silk Air  delivery 14apr12 TLS-SHJ-SIN  ex F-WWIM
Airbus A320  -214  5116     G-EZUW  easyJet  delivery 13apr12 XFW-LGW  ex D-AUBY
 Airbus A321  -231  1008     TC-OBR  Onur Air  N-reg canx 12apr12, delivery 14apr12 WOE-IST  ex N108DE
 Airbus A321  -211  1607     D-ALSD  Air Berlin  ferried 13apr12 DUS-DUB for paint, for Condor  ex I-EKN
 Airbus A321  -231  5074     A9C-CB  Gulf Air  onward delivery 13apr12 TLS-BAH  ex D-AVZN
Airbus A330  -343  1301     VQ-BMY  Aeroflot  delivery 13apr12 TLS-SVO  ex F-WWYL

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Airbus Updates No.685

Emirates A380 April/May 2012 Operation Changes as of 11APR12

by JL
Update at 0620GMT 11APR12
As per 11APR12 GDS timetable and inventory display, Emirates further postpones planned A380 service resumptions on selected destinations. Meanwhile, additional destinations served by Emirates A380 aircraft will be replaced by 777-300ER on selected dates in April 2012.
Latest details:

Dubai – Johannesburg EK761/762 A380 resumes operation from 01JUN12 (Previously planned eff 16MAY12)
Dubai – Kuala Lumpur EK346/347 A380 resumes operation from 26APR12 (Previously planned eff 22APR12)
Dubai – Munich EK049/050 A380 replaced by Boeing 777-300ER from 17APR12 to 21APR12 (Latest addition to A380 operation changes)
Dubai – Rome EK097/098 A380 resumes operation from 01MAY12 (Previously planned eff 28APR12)
Dubai – Seoul Incheon A380 resumes operation from 01MAY12 (Previously planned eff 28APR12)
Previously reported adjustment remains unchanged:
Dubai – Beijing EK306/307 A380 resumes operation from 14APR12
Dubai – London Heathrow 4th Daily A380 service on EK029/030, to start from 01JUN12

Airbus Updates No.684


Moscow Sheremetyevo – London Heathrow Planned Airbus A330-300 operates during Olympics has been revised from 23 round-trips to 6
SU2570 SVO1005 – 1100LHR 333 13AUG12
SU2578 SVO1120 – 1230LHR 333 25JUL12-26JUL12/13AUG12
SU263 SVO1855 – 1955LHR 333 13AUG12
SU2582 SVO2045 – 2145LHR 333 26JUL12

SU2571 LHR1150 – 1830SVO 333 13AUG12
SU2579 LHR1325 – 2015SVO 333 25JUL12-26JUL12/13AUG12
SU2583 LHR2230 – 0530+1SVO 333 26JUL12
SU2575 LHR2235 – 0535+1SVO 333 13AUG12

Airbus Updates No.683

Garuda Indonesia orders 11 more A330s

Aircraft are key element in fleet modernisation programme

11 April 2012Press Release
Garuda Indonesia, the national carrier of Indonesia, has placed a firm order with Airbus for 11 more A330-300 widebody aircraft. The contract was signed today in Jakarta by Emirsyah Satar, President & CEO, Garuda Indonesia and Tom Williams, Executive Vice President, Programmes, Airbus, in the presence of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron.
The order is the third to be placed by Garuda Indonesia for the A330 since July 2010, with the carrier now having a total of 21 aircraft on firm order for future delivery. All the aircraft will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines.
Garuda Indonesia has chosen the latest extended range 235 tonne maximum take-off weight variant of the A330-300. The carrier will operate the aircraft with a premium two class layout on services from its hubs in Jakarta and Denpasar (Bali) to destinations in Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific.
“The A330 has proven to be a key element in the success of the revitalised Garuda Indonesia,” said Emirsyah Satar, President & CEO, Garuda Indonesia. “The low seat mile cost and high passenger appeal make the aircraft a perfect fit for our fleet and a firm favourite with our passengers.”
“We are pleased to extend our long-standing partnership with Garuda Indonesia,” said Tom Williams, Executive Vice President, Programmes, Airbus. “The A330 is undisputed leader in its class. It offers proven reliability, low operating costs and one of the most comfortable cabins in the sky. This winning combination makes it the preferred choice of airlines worldwide and will enable Garuda Indonesia to realise its full potential as a premier international carrier.”
The twin engine A330 is one of the most widely used widebody aircraft in service today. Airbus has recorded nearly 1,200 orders for the various versions of the aircraft and more than 800 aircraft are flying with some 90 operators worldwide. In addition to passenger and freighter aircraft, the A330 is also available in VIP and military transport / tanker variants.
Garuda Indonesia currently operates 14 A330 aircraft, comprising eight A330-200s and six A330-300s.

Airbus Updates No.682

Airbus A310  -304  494     CS-TQV  White  re-delivery 11apr12 LPAR-LIS  ex PR-WTA
Airbus A320  -233  2118     TC-IZA  Izmir Airlines  ferried 11apr12 SEN-BOH, for paint, for AtlasJet  ex N488TA
Airbus A320  -214  2712     SP-IAF  Yes Airways  delivery 07apr12 SHJ-WAW, all white  ex A6-ABE
 Airbus A320  -214  3147     PK-GLH  Garuda Citilink  for delivery may12, + 3148 in jun12 PK-GLI ex JA207A   ex JA206A
Airbus A320  -214  4661     EC-LLJ  Vueling  ferried 09-10apr12 NAT-LPA-BCN after lease to Andes Líneas Aéreas   ex F-WWII
 Airbus A320  -232  5078     A7-AHT  Qatar Airways  delivery 11apr12 TLS-DOH  ex F-WWIC
Airbus A320  -214  5084     F-HBNK  Air France  delivery 10apr12 TLS-ORY  ex F-WWII
Airbus A320  -214  5109     PR-MYS  TAM  delivery 11-12apr12 XFW-SID-GRU   ex D-AUBU
Airbus A330  -243  526     EC-LQP  Air Europa  delivery 11apr12 TLS-PMI   ex 5B-DBT
 Airbus A330  -223F  1180     9M-MUD  Malaysia Airlines Kargo  delivery 11apr12 TLS-AMS  ex F-WWYR
Airbus A340  -313  210     5R-  Air Madagascar   ferried 10apr12 ORY-CDG after paint, F-reg prior delivery  ex F-GLZL
Airbus A340-300 [F-GLZL  ]

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Airbus Updates No.681

Airbus A319  -112  949     F-WTBA  GECAS  ferried 06-07apr12 SHA-TSE-WOE, Chengdu Airlines cs   ex B-6155
Airbus A320  -232  2413     OE-IBF  AerCap  ferried 07apr12 DUB-DNR, Kingfisher cs, for paint into?  ex VT-KFA
 Airbus A320  -232  2479     EC-  Vueling  for delivery apr12 ex DUB after paint  ex EI-EUO
 Airbus A320  -214  2712     SP-IAF  Yes Airways  delivery 07apr12 SHJ-WAW, all white  ex A6-ABE

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Airbus Updates No.680

Airbus A320  -211  279     N549CL  AWAS  ferried 05apr12 AUH-BUD, Air Australia s  ex VH-YQB
 Airbus A320  -211  333     YL-LCA  smartLynx Airlines  ferried 05apr12 EGBP-BUD after storage prior return to svc   ex 4X-ABC
Airbus A320  -214  4188     A9C-AG  Gulf Air  ferried 02/05apr12 COK-RUH-OSR for paint fllwg repairs after landing incident 29aug11  ex F-WWG
Airbus A330  -243  1293     VH-XFC  Virgin Australia  delivery 05-06apr12 TLS-KUL-SYD  ex F-WWYU

Airbus Updates No.679

Airbus starts final assembly of first A350 XWB

A350 XWB next generation aircraft takes shape

5 April 2012Press Release
Final assembly of the first A350 XWB is now underway at the brand new final assembly line in Toulouse. This latest step in the A350 XWB’s progress is achieved as Airbus starts joining the 19.7 metre long centre fuselage with the 21 metre long front fuselage.

This first A350 XWB airframe will be used for the static structural tests that all new aircraft undergo as part of their certification process. The assembly of the first flying A350 XWB, MSN1, will start during summer.

The centre fuselage was delivered to Toulouse on Wednesday 4th April 2012 by Beluga from Airbus in St Nazaire, France. The front fuselage was previously delivered from St Nazaire to the A350 XWB final assembly line on the 23rd December 2011. Delivery and installation of the aft fuselage from Hamburg, Germany will take place in the coming weeks, followed by the wings delivered from Airbus’ wing assembly site in Broughton, UK.

The A350 XWB fuselage is made up of three main sections - front, centre and aft. These will be joined together at the first main assembly station, Station 50. The nose landing-gear is also joined here. Once this stage is completed, the fuselage is transferred to Station 40 where the wings and tail sections are joined. In parallel to this, cabin installation will be carried out simultaneously to the wing-fuselage join up, as well as the “power on” of the aircraft systems. In this way, functional tests can start earlier than on previous programmes.

The A350 XWB is Airbus’ all new family of mid-size widebody airliners. These highly efficient aircraft bring together the latest in aerodynamics, design and advanced technologies to provide up to 25 percent better fuel efficiency and operating costs compared to current aircraft in the same size category. Over 70 percent of the A350 XWB’s weight-efficient airframe is made from advanced materials combining composites (53 percent), titanium and advanced aluminium alloys. The aircraft’s innovative all-new Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) fuselage results in lower fuel burn as well as easier maintenance. The A350 XWB benefits from Airbus’ high level of expertise in incorporating composite material into its aircraft.

The A350 XWB Family consists of three passenger versions with true long-range capability of flying up to 8,500nm/15,580km. In a typical three-class configuration, the A350-800 will offer 270 seats while the A350-900 and the A350-1000 will offer 314 and 350 seats respectively.

Airbus Updates no.678

Airbus A319  -115  5088     B-4091  China United  delivery 05-06apr12 XFW-OVB-NAY   ex D-AVYP
 Airbus A320  -211  44     F-GHQC  Air France  ferried 04-05apr12 ORY-KEF-BOS-OPF for part-out & scrap at?   
Airbus A320  -214  1838     OO-SND  Brussels Airlines  delivery 04apr12 IST-BRU, D-reg   ex D-ALTJ
Airbus A320  -232  5080     VT-IEV  IndiGo Airlines  delivery 04-05apr12 TLS-FJR-DEL  ex F-WWIF
 Airbus A320  -214  5104     G-EZUS  easyJet  delivery 05apr12 XFW-LGW  ex D-AUBS
Airbus A321  -231  1333     EC-HQZ  (Spanair)  ferried 05apr12 DUB-Bruntingthorpe for part-out & scrap   ex D-AVZB
Airbus A330  -343  1292     D-AIKP  Lufthansa  delivery 05apr12 TLS-HAM for cabin config   ex F-WWYQ

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Airbus Updates No.677

Airbus A321  -112  494     EI-IXI  Alitalia  ferried 03apr12 OSR-FCO after paint into retro cs  ex I-BIXI
Airbus A321-100 [EI-IXI]

Airbus Updates No.676

Airbus A319  -131  1604     G-EUOH  British Airways  in svc from 03apr12 in a special golden London Olympic Games livery   ex D-AVYM
Airbus A320  -214  2142     SP-IAD  Yes Airways  OLT Express cs, delivery 03apr12 MLA-WAW, 9H-reg  ex 9H-AEF
 Airbus A320  -232  2223     EC-LQM  Vueling  delivery 02apr12 DUB-BCN, EI-reg   ex EI-EUN
 Airbus A320  -214  4463     F-HDMF  Air Corsica  ferried 03apr12 DUB-MUC after paint, D-reg prior delivery  ex D-ABFL
Airbus A320  -214  5052     G-EZUO  easyJet  delivery 04apr12 XFW-LGW  ex D-AUBA
 Airbus A320  -214  5056     G-EZUP  easyJet  delivery 03apr12 XFW-LGW  ex D-AUBE
Airbus A321  -211  5087     D-AIDT  Lufthansa  delivery 03apr12 XFW-MUC  ex D-AZAU

Airbus Updates No.675

Incident: Jetblue A320 at Orlando on Mar 30th 2012, suspected blown tyre
By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, Mar 30th 2012 22:09Z, last updated Friday, Mar 30th 2012 22:09Z
A Jetblue Airbus A320-200, registration N636JB flight B6-667 from Buffalo,NY to Orlando,FL (USA) with 152 people on board, was on approach to Orlando when the crew reported they suspected the left main gear inboard tyre had deflated. The crew continued the approach for a safe landing on runway 18L, vacated the runway and stopped. Emergency services reported all tyres were still inflated, the aircraft taxied to the gate.

Incident: Batavia A320 at Pekanbaru on Mar 30th 2012, flaps problem
By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, Mar 30th 2012 23:45Z, last updated Friday, Mar 30th 2012 23:45Z
A Batavia Airbus A320-200, flight Y6-565 from Jakarta to Pekanbaru (Indonesia) with 163 people on board, aborted the approach to Pekanbaru due to flaps problems. After working the checklists the crew decided to land with partial flaps in sunny weather and near calm winds. The aircraft touched down safely at a higher than normal speed at 15:45L (08:45Z) and stopped just before the runway end (runway length 7050 feet/2220 meters). The aircraft remained disabled on the runway, passengers disembarked onto the runway.

The airport was closed for about 2 hours until the aircraft was towed to the apron, a number of arriving flights diverted.

A number of passengers claimed the crew had announced they had brake problems, there had been sparks prior to landing, there was smoke in the cabin, the aircraft overran the runway and they were kept on board for about an hour after landing before disembarking.

Other passengers reported the aircraft had gone around and continued to fly for about 30 minutes before the aircraft landed. Following touchdown the aircraft came to a stop, then began to move again before stopping again. The crew announced they had problems with the brakes so that they could not taxi to the apron. After about 15 minutes they disembarked onto the runway.

The airline reported there had been a problem with the wings before landing, however stated the aircraft stopped 15 meters/50 feet short of the runway end, there were no sparks and no smoke.

The airport reported the aircraft was towed to the apron, at least one tyre had deflated. The airport was closed for about 2 hours.

Incident: US Airways A319 at Burbank on Apr 1st 2012, rejected takeoff
By Simon Hradecky, created Sunday, Apr 1st 2012 22:48Z, last updated Sunday, Apr 1st 2012 22:48Z
A US Airways Airbus A319-100, registration N836AW performing flight US-271 from Burbank,CA to Phoenix,AZ (USA) with 67 passengers and 5 crew, was cleared for takeoff from Burbank's runway 15. Immediately after the crew spooled the engines up for takeoff the left hand engine (V2524) emitted smoke. The crew reported they had a #1 engine failure as soon as they powered it up and had stopped on the runway wherever they were and requested emergency services to check the aircraft suspecting the smoke might come from the tyres. Emergency services responded and reported the smoke came from the #1 engine. The crew requested to check the left side of the aircraft for damage suspecting they may have temporarily exited the runway. Emergency services reported there was no visible damage to the aircraft, left landing gear and runway, but the engine was still emitting smoke. Emergency services suggested to tow the aircraft off the runway, the captain offered to taxi the aircraft to the aircraft holding area AA at taxiway A, emergency services agreed, the aircraft vacated the runway via taxiway A2, turned left onto the holding and bypass area and shut the aircraft down. The passengers disembarked onto the holding area and were bussed to the terminal.

The runway was closed for about 30 minutes until the aircraft had taxied off the runway and airport operations had conducted a runway inspection reporting the runway clear.
Incident: Spirit A319 near Knoxville on Apr 2nd 2012, cracked windshield
By Simon Hradecky, created Monday, Apr 2nd 2012 21:38Z, last updated Monday, Apr 2nd 2012 21:38Z
A Spirit Airlines Airbus A319-100, registration N506NK performing flight NK-639 from Detroit,MI to Tampa,FL (USA) with 146 people on board, was enroute at FL370 about 150nm north of Knoxville,TN when the crew reported a cracked windshield and diverted to Knoxville for a safe landing about 30 minutes later.

A replacement Airbus A319-100 registration N510NK reached Tampa with a delay of 5 hours.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Airbus Updates No.674

Airbus A319  -112  3019     D-ASTZ  Germania  in svc 02apr12 HAJ-XFW-TLS-XFW with addnl AJW Aviation titl & logo   ex OE-LEK
 Airbus A319  -112  3202     D-ASTX  Germania  ferried 30mar12 TXL-CHR for paint  ex HB-IOY
 Airbus A319  -112  5097     CC-BCF  LAN Airlines  delivery 31mar-01apr12 XFW-LPA-REC-SCL   ex D-AVYQ
Airbus A320  -214  5072  2188  B-6859  Capital Airlines  delivery 02-03apr12 TLS-TSE-PEK  ex F-WWDK
 Airbus A321  -231  663     EI-ETJ  Kolavia  regd 30mar12 prior delivery ex IST  ex TC-OAE
Airbus A330  -343  1299     VQ-BMX  Aeroflot  delivery 31mar12 TLS-SVO "A.Sakharov"  ex F-WWKQ
 Airbus A380  -841  79     9V-SKQ  Singapore Airlines  delivery 02apr12 TLS-SIN  ex F-WWST

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Airbus Updates No.673

Incident: Singapore A388 enroute on Mar 27th 2012, engine shut down in flight
By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Mar 27th 2012 10:38Z, last updated Tuesday, Mar 27th 2012 10:38Z
A Singapore Airlines Airbus A380-800, registration 9V-SKG performing flight SQ-26 from Singapore (Singapore) to Frankfurt/Main (Germany) with 430 passengers, was enroute about 3 hours into the flight when the crew shut the #3 engine (Trent 970) down and returned to Singapore for a safe landing about 6 hours after departure.

The airline reported the #3 engine surged 175 minutes into the flight prompting the crew to shut the engine down.

Incident: China Southern A388 near Beijing on Mar 27th 2012, cabin pressurization problems
By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Mar 27th 2012 11:09Z, last updated Tuesday, Mar 27th 2012 11:09Z
A China Southern Airbus A380-800, registration B-6136 performing flight CZ-3000 from Beijing to Guangzhou (China) with 418 passengers, was enroute about 130nm southwest of Beijing when the crew descended the aircraft due to the failure of the cabin pressurization and returned to Beijing for a safe landing about 60 minutes after departure.

A replacement Airbus A380-800 registration B-6137 reached Guangzhou with a delay of 4:50 hours.
Incident: US Airways A320 near Phoenix on Mar 26th 2012, hydraulic failure
By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Mar 27th 2012 13:27Z, last updated Tuesday, Mar 27th 2012 13:27Z
A US Airways Airbus A320-200, flight US-42 from Phoenix,AZ to Washington National,DC (USA), was enroute at FL330 about 170nm eastnortheast of Phoenix,AZ when the crew reported a hydraulic failure and decided to return to Phoenix entering holdings to burn off fuel. The aircraft landed safely in Phoenix about 2.5 hours after departure.

A replacement Airbus A319-100 registration N827AW reached Washington with a delay of 5:20 hours.
Incident: Aerolineas Argentinas A343 at Buenos Aires on Mar 22nd 2012, could not retract landing gear
By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Mar 27th 2012 22:39Z, last updated Tuesday, Mar 27th 2012 22:39Z
An Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus A340-300, registration LV-CSD performing flight AR-1376 from Buenos Aires Ezeiza,BA (Argentina) to Caracas (Venezuela), was in the initial climb out of Ezeiza's runway 17 when the crew selected the gear up but the gear did not retract. The crew stopped the climb at 8000 feet and returned to Ezeiza Airport for a safe landing about one hour after departure.

A replacement Airbus A340-300 registration LV-BMT reached Caracas with a delay of 4 hours.

Maintenance determined the landing gear control unit had failed.

Incident: Lufthansa A343 at Munich on Mar 28th 2012, unsafe gear
By Simon Hradecky, created Wednesday, Mar 28th 2012 15:58Z, last updated Wednesday, Mar 28th 2012 15:58Z
A Lufthansa Airbus A340-300, registration D-AIGZ performing flight LH-639 from Dubai (United Arab Emirates) to Munich (Germany), aborted the final approach to Munich's runway 26L due to an unsafe gear indication and went around. The aircraft climbed to 4000 feet and joined a left downwind for runway 26L reporting they now had all greens and landed safely on runway 26L about 12 minutes after aborting the first approach

Incident: Cathay A343 at Johannesburg on Mar 27th 2012, bird strike
By Simon Hradecky, created Wednesday, Mar 28th 2012 10:43Z, last updated Wednesday, Mar 28th 2012 17:43Z
A Cathay Pacific Airbus A340-300, registration B-HXB performing flight CX-748 from Johannesburg (South Africa) to Hong Kong (China), was in the initial climb out of runway 03L when the #1 engine (cfm56, outboard left hand) ingested a bird causing substantial damage to fan blades and the engine cowling. The crew stopped the climb at 8000 feet, dumped fuel and returned to Johannesburg for a safe landing about 65 minutes after departure.

The airline reported the flight needed to be postponed to the following day (Mar 28th).

The #1 engine needs to be replaced.

Incident: Jetblue A320 near Amarillo on Mar 27th 2012, captain incapacitated by panic attack
By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Mar 27th 2012 18:06Z, last updated Wednesday, Mar 28th 2012 21:59Z
A Jetblue Airbus A320-200, registration N796JB performing flight B6-191 from New York JFK,NY to Las Vegas,NV (USA), was enroute at FL340 about 55nm north of Amarillo,TX (USA) when the captain suffered a panic attack and behaved entirely incoherent forcing the first officer to seek assistance by cabin crew and passengers to overpower the captain, lock him out of the cockpit and have him restrained in the passenger cabin. Another Jetblue pilot flying as passenger assisted the first officer while diverting to Amarillo for a safe landing about 20 minutes later.

The airline confirmed the flight diverted because of a medical condition with the captain. Another captain travelling as passenger on the flight joined the first officer in the cockpit for the landing and assumed duties as a captain after landing. The ill captain was taken to a local hospital. A replacement aircraft is going to be dispatched to Amarillo to continue the flight.

A replacement Airbus A320-200 registration N624JB reached Las Vegas with a delay of 6.5 hours.

Passengers reported the captain had visited the bathroom and when returning to the cockpit basically went nuts and screamed about terrorists and bombs on the aircraft knocking the cockpit door. The first officer locked him out of the cockpit and had him overpowered. It took six people to sit on the captain to restrain him. Another pilot on board went to the cockpit to assist the first officer for the diversion.

On Mar 28th Federal Authorities filed charges against the captain for interfering with flight crew. A court affidavit claims the captain told the first officer they were not going to Las Vegas and started ranting, then left the cockpit and began shouting about a bomb.

The airline reported on Mar 28th the captain has been suspended. He is still in hospital care.
Incident: Air China A320 near Hangzhou on Mar 28th 2012, hydraulic failure
By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, Mar 29th 2012 10:10Z, last updated Thursday, Mar 29th 2012 10:10Z
An Air China Airbus A320-200, flight CA-1952 from Beijing to Wenzhou (China), was enroute near Hangzhou about 140nm north of Wenzhou when the crew decided to divert to Hangzhou due to a hydraulic failure. While on approach to Hangzhou the crew received an unsafe gear indication prompting the airport to prepare a large emergency response. Working the checklists the crew was able to resolve the unsafe gear indication and get all gear down and locked. The aircraft landed safely.

A replacement aircraft reached Wenzhou with a delay of 3.5 hours

Incident: Rossiya A319 near St. Petersburg on Mar 29th 2012, engine shut down in flight
By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, Mar 29th 2012 11:12Z, last updated Thursday, Mar 29th 2012 11:12Z
A Rossiya Airbus A319-100, registration VQ-BAQ performing flight FV-542 from Novosibirsk to Saint Petersburg (Russia) with 93 passengers, was on approach to St. Petersburg when the crew needed to shut an engine (CFM56) down. The aircraft continued to St. Petersburg's Pulkovo Airport for a safe landing on runway 28L.
Incident: TAM A319 at Goiania on Mar 31st 2012, rejected takeoff
By Simon Hradecky, created Saturday, Mar 31st 2012 19:30Z, last updated Sunday, Apr 1st 2012 18:30Z
A TAM Linhas Aereas Airbus A319-100, registration PT-MZC performing flight JJ-3590 from Goiania,GO to Brasilia,DF (Brazil), rejected takeoff from runway 14 at high speed after the right hand engine (V2524) ingested a large bird. The aircraft slowed safely and taxied to the apron.

The flight needed to be cancelled. The engine received damage to several fan blades and further downstream and is going to be replaced.

The crew of an earlier departing aircraft had reported vultures sitting on the runway