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Sunday, 30 December 2012

Airbus Updates No.887

Airbus A319  -113  647     5N-FND  FirstNation Airways  seen painted at DUB 28dec12 “Endurance”, EI-reg prior delivery  ex EI-DVD
 Airbus A319  -113  660     5N-FNE  FirstNation Airways  seen being painted at DUB 28dec12 "Faith", EI-reg prior delivery  ex EI-DVU
 Airbus A320  -216  5428     9M-AQQ  Air Asia  delivery 22dec12 TLS-SHJ-KUL, 1st with sharklets   ex F-WWIC
 Airbus A320  -216  5430     9M-AQR  Air Asia  delivery 29dec12 XFW-SHJ-KUL  ex D-AVVM
 Airbus A320  -216  5431     9M-AQS  Air Asia  delivery 22dec12 TLS-SHJ-KUL  ex F-WWIF

Friday, 28 December 2012

Airbus Updates No.886

Airbus A319  -111  2889     EC-JXJ  Iberia  ferried 20dec12 OLB-MAD prior paint and return to svc   ex D-AVYN
 Airbus A319  -115ACJ  4353     VP-CJG  Tyrolean Jet Services  positioned 27dec12 BSL-VKO after VIP cabin config   ex VP-BJP
 Airbus A319  -132  4998     D-AGWS  germanwings  ferried 24dec12 SNN-CGN after paint into new cs   ex D-AVYG
 Airbus A319  -111  5400     V5-ANN  Air Namibia  delivery 28-29dec12 XFW-ACC-WDH   ex D-AVWK
 Airbus A320  -212  528     LY-COM  Avion Express  positioned 20dec12 DUB-KEF after storage  ex VP-BRB
 Airbus A320  -214  1067     EC-HDK  Iberia  last svc 24dec12 ZRH-MAD, transfer to Iberia Express 13jan13  ex F-WWBF
Airbus A320  -214  533      YL-LCL  smartLynx Airlines  delivery 21dec12 DUB-RIX, all white  ex EI-DDL
 Airbus A320  -214  5394     PK-GLM  Citilink  delivery 27-28dec12 XFW-SHJ-CMB-CGK   ex D-AUBX
Airbus A320  -214  5414     5A-ONN  Afriqiyah Airways  delivery 24dec12 TLS-BEN  ex F-WWDN
 Airbus A320  -214  5421     VP-BID  Aeroflot  delivery 28dec12 XFW-SVO  ex D-AVVI
Airbus A321  -231  5385     VN-A395  Vietnam Airlines  delivery 28dec12 XFW-BAK-HAN  ex D-AVZP
Airbus A321  -231  5422     N566UW  US Airways  delivery 28dec12 XFW-BGR-PIT  ex D-AVZQ
Airbus A340  -311  20     EX-34001  Manas Airways  regd & ferried 22dec12 DMK-FRU-IKA on delivery to Mahan Air   ex HS-CHA
 Airbus A340  -311  56     EX-34002  Manas Airways  regd 25dec12 & ferried 26dec12 DMK-FRU-IKA on delivery to Mahan Air   ex HS-CHB
Airbus A380  -861  111     A6-EED  Emirates  delivery 28dec12 XFW-DXB  ex F-WWAQ
 Airbus A380  -861  112     A6-EEE  Emirates  delivery 27dec12 XFW-DXB  ex F-WWAU

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Airbus Updates No.885

Incident: Air Berlin A332 at Phuket on Dec 20th 2012, uncontained engine failure and fire

By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, Dec 20th 2012 16:44Z, last updated Saturday, Dec 22nd 2012 12:04Z
An Air Berlin Airbus A330-200, registration D-ABXA performing flight AB-7425 from Phuket (Thailand) to Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) with 249 passengers, was climbing out of Phuket's runway 27 when the crew stopped the climb and decided to return to Phuket. The crew declared emergency reporting a left hand engine (PW4168) fire indication, shut the engine down, activated the engine fire suppression and landed safely on runway 09 about 40 minutes after departure at 21:26L (14:26Z). The aircraft was disabled on the runway after a number of tyres deflated, there were no injuries. The passengers disembarked onto the runway via mobile stairs.

The airport reported the crew reported an engine fire before turning back to the aerodrome. The aerodrome was closed for about 6 hours until the aircraft was removed from the runway.

Passengers reported repeated bangs and sparks flying off an engine. Three main gear tyres were blown during landing.

One passenger reported the aircraft was already descending back towards Phuket at 21:14L when the engine caught fire.

Sources tell The Aviation Herald, that the engine had suffered an uncontained engine failure which also damaged two hydraulic systems - the green and blue hydraulic systems are both pressurized by engine driven pumps located in engine #1. Leaking hydraulic fluid caught fire during the return to Phuket. The aircraft's fly by wire system reverted to direct law, no antiskid was available for braking in Phuket.

The airline confirmed an incident on flight AB-7425, all passengers are in good health and disembarked via stairs, no further details are yet known to the airline. The airline does not confirm an engine fire however.

An Etihad Airways Boeing 777-300, registration A6-ETI performing flight EY-403 from Bangkok (Thailand) to Abu Dhabi diverted to Phuket to pick up the passengers of flight AB-7425, departed Phuket at 12:20L (05:20Z) and is estimated to reach Abu Dhabi with a delay of 3.5 hours with respect to flight EY-403 and a delay of 15 hours with respect to flight AB-7425.
Incident: Jetblue A320 near Aruba on Dec 21st 2012, hydraulic failure

By Simon Hradecky, created Sunday, Dec 23rd 2012 20:20Z, last updated Sunday, Dec 23rd 2012 20:20Z

A Jetblue Airbus A320-200, registration N523JB performing flight B6-756 from Aruba (Aruba) to New York JFK,NY (USA) with 128 passengers, was climbing out of Aruba when the crew decided to return to Aruba reporting a hydraulic failure. The aircraft landed safely back in Aruba.

The flight was cancelled, the passengers were rebooked onto one of the next flights B6-764 and B6-758 later the day.

Incident: THY A320 at Istanbul on Dec 23rd 2012, dropped engine cowl

By Simon Hradecky, created Monday, Dec 24th 2012 09:45Z, last updated Monday, Dec 24th 2012 09:45Z

A THY Turkish Airlines Airbus A320-200, registration TC-JPN performing flight TK-1825 from Istanbul (Turkey) to Dusseldorf (Germany) with 130 passengers, was departing Istanbul Ataturk Airport's runway 35R when parts of the right hand engine cowling (V2527) departed the engine. The crew levelled off at 8000 feet and returned to Istanbul for a safe landing on ruway 35R about 40 minutes after departure.

A replacement Airbus A320-200 registration TC-JPC departed Istanbul the following morning and reached Dusseldorf with a delay of 9 hours.

Monday, 24 December 2012

Airbus Updates No.884

Just a quick message to all who have supported us with this blog with kind words, logs of trips and photos i would like to wish you all a very merry christmas and happy 2013.

when we started doing the blog it was really only for our own records as we are airbus mad here and spent many an hour trawling through the internet looking at different sites for information and so decided to put it all in one place to make it easier to find out what we wanted to know quickly.

we never expected it to have people viewing it on a daily basis and never expected over 150,000 views.

we hope it is of use to the people who view it, we know most of the information is only taken from other sources but we hope it makes finding out information on airbus a little easier for you.

best wishes to you all and your families and remember that airports are privately owned and so please respect them or we will lose the access we all love so much

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Airbus Updates No.883

Airbus A320  -214  5415     PK-GLO  Citilink  delivery 20-21dec12 XFW-SHJ-CMB-CGK   ex D-AVVG
 Airbus A320  -216  5420     PK-AXZ  Indonesia Air Asia  delivery 21dec12 TLS-STN-SHJ  ex F-WWDR
 Airbus A320  -214  5423     A6-ANN  Air Arabia  delivery 20dec12 TLS-SHJ  ex F-WWDY
 Airbus A320  -232  5426     PK-RMS  Mandala  delivery 22-23dec12 TLS-DWC-SIN  ex F-WWDZ
 Airbus A320  -216  5428     9M-AQQ  Air Asia  delivery 22dec12 TLS-SHJ-KUL, 1st with sharklets   ex F-WWIC
 Airbus A320  -232  5429     B-HSU  Dragonair  delivery 21-22dec12 XFW-AUH-HKG   e D-AVVL
 Airbus A320  -216  5431     9M-AQS  Air Asia  delivery 22dec12 TLS-SHJ-KUL  ex F-WWIF
 Airbus A321  -213  5413     D-AIDV  Lufthansa  delivery 21dec12 XFW-FRA, retro cs   ex D-AVZM
 Airbus A321  -232  5432     B-6942  Air China  delivery 22dec12 XFW-OVB  ex D-AVZT
 Airbus A330  -243F  1368     N330QT  Tampa Colombia  delivery 20dec12 TLS-MDE  ex F-WWKQ
 Airbus A330  -243  1372     B-5908  China Eastern  delivery 21dec12 TLS-PVG, SkyTeam cs   ex F-WWYA
 Airbus A330  -343  1373     B-5906  Air China  delivery 22dec12 TLS-TSN  ex F-WWYB
 Airbus A340  -542  886     4K-AZ85  Azerbaijan Airlines Avia  ferried 21dec12 TLS-LDE, Kingfisher cs for cabin config prior paint & delivery  ex F-WWTG
 Airbus A380  -841  100     HS-TUC  Thai International  delivery 21dec12 TLS-BKK  ex F-WWAT

Airbus Updates No.882

Airbus A300  B4-203F  152     EI-OZE  Air Contractors  DHL cs, ferried 22dec12 DRS-LDE for storage (+234 EI-OZH, + 236 EI-OZD, + 259 EI-OZF)  ex OO-DLC
 Airbus A319  -132LR  1727     SX-DGG  Aegean Airlines  ferried 21dec12 SNN-ATH after mx**  ex SX-OAN
 Airbus A319  -111  2889     EC-JXJ  Iberia  ferried 20dec12 OLB-MAD prior paint and return to svc   ex D-AVYN
 Airbus A319  -115ACJ  5040     VP-CAD  private  for delivery late dec12 XFW-BSL, all wh, for cabin config   ex D-AVYK
 Airbus A319  -115  5412     B-6432  China Eastern  delivery 20dec12 XFW-OVB  ex D-AVWM
 Airbus A320  -212  528     LY-COM  Avion Express  positioned 20dec12 DUB-KEF after storage  ex VP-BRB
 Airbus A320  -214  2867     OE-LEX  flyNiki  ferried 20dec12 IST-GRZ after paint into new basic AB cs  ex F-WWBC
 Airbus A320  -214  4193     VN-A  VietJetAir  ferried 21/23dec12 BOH-HAM-ATH, SX-reg after paint prior delivery   ex SX-OAU
 Airbus A320  -214  5115     YI-  Iraqi Airways  delivery 19dec12 VIE-BGW, OE-reg, all white  ex OE-LEM
 Airbus A320  -214  5396     RDPL-34224   LAo Aviation  delivery 22dec12 XFW-DXB, all white   ex D-AUBY
 Airbus A320  -232  5401     P4-KBA  Air Astana  delivery 20dec12 TLS-AKX  ex F-WWBQ
 Airbus A320  -214  5403     B-6970  Spring Airlines  delivery 19dec12 XFW-OVB  ex D-AVVD
 Airbus A320  -214  5405     5A-LAP  Libyan Airlines  delivery 20dec12 TLS-HLLQ  ex F-WWBY

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Airbus Updates No.881

Allegiant Travel Company Announces the Intention to Acquire Up to Nine A320 Aircraft


 -- Allegiant Travel Company (Nasdaq:ALGT) today announced its intention to purchase up to nine used A320 aircraft. The average age of these aircraft at delivery is expected to be 12 years with a configuration of 177 seats. The aircraft have been most recently operated by Iberia.

"The A320 aircraft type is a perfect complement to the smaller A319 and will enable us to continue cost effective growth for years to come," said Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant President. "These transactions represent a tremendous opportunity to purchase a sizeable fleet of sister-ships with CFM powered engines, the same engine type as our A319s, at very attractive prices. Finding up to nine aircraft of this pedigree available for purchase is unusual in our experience. Historically it has been difficult to find owners willing to sell quality assets at this point in their life cycle. Our cash reserves and strong balance sheet continue to provide us a unique ability in the used aircraft space to move on these attractive opportunities."

"We do not expect a material change to our 2013 capacity as we will vary MD-80 utilization appropriately. As with the earlier acquisition of A319s, we are committed to only acquire aircraft at values that support our existing business model of relatively low fleet utilization," concluded Levy.

Seven aircraft are expected to be purchased in 2013 and two in 2014. With the addition of this transaction, Allegiant is now expecting 2013 total CAPEX to be between $270 and $280 million versus the previous guidance of $150 to $160 million. The company expects to finance the purchase of these aircraft with debt.

Allegiant expects to place the first A320 into service late in the third quarter of 2013 and all nine aircraft are expected to be in service by the end of 2014. No additional MD-80 retirements are planned as a result of this transaction.

Airbus Updates No.880

Airbus A319-100 [C-GSJB]
Air Canada Rouge Colours on an Airbus A319
Airbus A319-100 [D-AGWT]
Germanwings Airbus A319 D-AGWT in their new colourscheme

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Airbus Updates No.879

Pegasus selects up to 100 A320neo Family Aircraft

Second largest NEO order from a European airline

18 December 2012Press Release

Pegasus Airlines, the second largest airline in Turkey, has signed for up to 100 A320neo Family aircraft (57 A320neo and 18 A321neo models), of which 75 are firm orders. Pegasus becomes a new Airbus customer and the first Turkish airline to order the A320neo.

This is the largest single commercial aircraft order ever placed by an airline in Turkey, and was announced today at a ceremony attended by Binali Yıldırım, the Turkish Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication, Ali Sabanci, Chairman of Pegasus, Sertac Haybat, CEO of Pegasus and Christopher Buckley, Airbus Executive Vice President Europe, Asia and Pacific.

“It is with great pride that we are placing the biggest order in the history of Turkish civil aviation with Airbus for up to 100 A320neo Family aircraft,” said Ali Sabanci, Chairman of Pegasus. “At Pegasus, we believe that everyone has the right to fly, and the A320neo with its 15 percent fuel burn reduction combined with superior cabin comfort made it without a doubt the best choice for achieving our ambitious future development plans.”

“We are delighted to welcome Pegasus as a new Airbus customer,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “Airlines around the world are focused on growing their business profitably and the A320neo offers them a solution for doing just that. New generation technologies on the NEO, such as Sharklets and more efficient engines will cut fuel burn by 15 percent, and in addition operators will benefit from the proven high reliability of the A320 Family.”

Pegasus’ new aircraft will be configured in a comfortable all economy layout with 180 seats in the A320neo and 220 seats in the A321neo. They will be deployed on Pegasus’ rapidly expanding network from Istanbul to destinations in Turkey, Europe and the Middle East.

Incorporating new engines and large "Sharklet" wing tip devices, the A320neo Family will deliver fuel savings of 15 percent. The reduction in fuel burn is equivalent to 1.4 million litres of fuel - the consumption of 1,000 mid size cars, saving 3,600 tonnes of C02 per aircraft per year. In addition, the A320neo Family will provide a double-digit reduction in NOx emissions and reduced engine noise.

With more than 8,800 aircraft ordered and over 5,300 aircraft delivered to over 380 customers and operators worldwide, the A320 Family is the world's best-selling single-aisle aircraft family. 

Monday, 17 December 2012

Airbus Updates No.878

Airbus A319  -112  1145     5H-FJC  FastJet  delivery 15dec12 MPL-CAI-DAR   ex F-GYJM
 Airbus A319  -111  2113     9H-AEG  Air Malta  ferried 14dec12 OSR-MLA after paint into new cs  ex C-GAEG
 Airbus A319  -132  2797     N521NK  Spirit Airlines  delivery 15dec12 MIA-FLL  ex EI-ESG
Airbus A320  -212  289     F-WTBS  Latecoere Aeroservices  ferried after storage 14dec12 SAW-LDE, Air Sweden cs  ex SE-RJM
 Airbus A320  -232  1407     EI-EUE  ILFC  ferried 16-17dec12 PGF-MCT-SZB, all white on delivery to?   ex EC-KPX
 Airbus A320  -214  1736     EC-ILQ  Vueling  last IB-svc 10dec12 ORY-MAD, painted 11-16dec12 on transfer   ex F-WWDJ
 Airbus A320  -232  1818     PR-MAJ  TAM  ferried 13-14dec12 GRU-SID-EGBP, all white on return to lessor   ex F-WWIN
 Airbus A320  -232  2670     VN-A557  Jetstar Pacific  delivery 14dec12 DUB-CAI  ex EI-EWS
 Airbus A320  -214  2964     EI-EYS  Rossiya  delivery 14dec12 AMM-LED  ex A6-ABH
 Airbus A320  -232  5176     B-6939  Shenzhen Airlines  delivery 15dec12 ex TSN  ex B-509L
 Airbus A320  -214  5290     YI-  Iraqi Airways  delivery 14dec12 PAD-BGW, D-reg, all white  ex D-ABND
Airbus A320  -216  5397     9M-AQP  Air Asia  delivery 14dec12 XFW-SHJ-KUL  ex D-AUBZ
 Airbus A320  -214  5398     N538AV  Avianca  delivery 15-16dec12 TLS-TFS-FOR-BOG   ex F-WWBN
 Airbus A320  -232  5411     VT-IFG  IndiGo Airlines  delivery 13dec12 XFW-DEL  ex D-AVVF
 Airbus A321  -231  5402     B-6886  China Eastern  delivery 14-15dec12 XFW-OVB-PVG   ex D-AVZI
 Airbus A321  -231  5404     P4-KDB  Air Astana  delivery 15dec12 XFW-ALA  ex D-AVZK
Airbus A330  -343  1097     EC-LEQ  Orbest Airlines  ferried 13dec12 MAD-CHR for paint into new cs   ex F-WWKL
 Airbus A330  -302  1361     VT-JWS  Jet Airways  delivery 14dec12 TLS-DEL  ex F-WWKF
 Airbus A330  -343  1371     VP-BDE  Aeroflot  delivery 14dec12 TLS-SVO  ex F-WWKY
 Airbus A330  -343  67u0     EC-JHP  Orbest Airlines  ferried 13dec12 CHR-MAD after paint into new cs   ex F-WWKU
Airbus A330-300 [EC-JHP]
 Airbus A340  -213  4     HZ-124  Alatheer Establishment  ferried 16dec12 HAM-RUH after storage  ex D-ACME
Airbus A340-213 aircraft picture

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Airbus Updates No.877

  16th Dec 2012
Qatar Airways is poised to replace its Airbus A300-600 freighters with new-build A330-200Fs after concluding a lease deal with BOC Aviation.
The Doha-based carrier's cargo arm operates the three A300-600Fs alongside four Boeing 777Fs.
Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker told Flightglobal that the airline has decided to acquire three new A330-200Fs to enable it to phase out its three A300-600Fs. "Delivery is imminent, the first is in the paint shop," he says, confirming that the lessor is BOC Aviation.
It is understood that the three A330Fs are being leased while Qatar Airways negotiates a larger deal for either new or converted A330 freighters. The airline has been in long-running talks with Airbus and EADS' conversion unit EFW about a deal to convert its large fleet of passenger A330-200s and -300s to freighters, but has so far failed to reach agreement.
It is understood that the three A330-200Fs were previously earmarked for lease to HNA Group of China. The first aircraft is being prepared for delivery to Qatar Airways in Toulouse, with the others due to follow in early 2013.

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Airbus Updates No.876

Air Astana takes delivery of its first A321 directly ordered from Airbus

The Airline to further benefit from the A320 Family’s unique fuel efficiency and commonality

14 December 2012Press Release

Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s flag carrier, has taken delivery of its first A321 out of a total of six A320 Family aircraft ordered from Airbus in May 2008. The delivery was celebrated in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. The aircraft will join Air Astana’s fleet, which already includes 10 A320 Family aircraft, operated on the airline’s domestic and international network.

The airline’s A321, powered by IAE V2500 engines, features a two class cabin layout, seating 28 passengers in business class and 151 in economy.

Air Astana started commercial service with its first Airbus aircraft, an A320, in 2006, and is currently operating one A319, seven A320s and two A321s.

“The arrival of the first owned Airbus A321s at Air Astana is not only a major event for the airline, but also for the government of Kazakhstan. Having launched the airline with minimal capital in 2002, we are pleased to have built up sufficient financial strength to the point where we are now taking delivery of a new fleet of substantial value. Air Astana has entered an important new phase of its development,” said Peter Foster, President of Air Astana.

“We congratulate Air Astana on their first delivery of directly ordered Airbus aircraft. We are confident that the market leading A320 Family will strongly contribute to Air Astana’s growth”, says John Leahy Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers.

To date, more than 8,800 Airbus A320 Family aircraft have been sold and more than 5,300 delivered to 380 customers and operators worldwide, making it the world’s best-selling commercial jetliner ever. With proven reliability and extended servicing periods, the A320 Family has the lowest operating costs of any single-aisle aircraft. The A320neo, with almost 1,580 firm orders from more than 30 customers since its launch two years ago, is the fastest selling commercial aircraft ever and is on track to enter service from 2015. 

Airbus Updates No.875

AirAsia orders 100 more A320s

Another major order for ongoing growth at Asia’s largest low cost carrier

13 December 2012Press Release

AirAsia, the largest low cost airline in Asia, has placed a new order with Airbus for 100 more A320 Family aircraft. The contract covers an additional 64 A320neo and 36 A320ceo aircraft for operation across the carrier’s network.

The order was announced during a visit by British Prime Minister David Cameron to the Airbus wing manufacturing facility at Broughton in the UK, where Mr Cameron witnessed the signing of documents by Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer, AirAsia and Fabrice Brégier, President & CEO, Airbus.

The contract reaffirms AirAsia’s position as the largest A320 Family airline customer in the world. Altogether, the carrier has now ordered 475 single aisle aircraft from Airbus, comprising 264 A320neo and 211 A320ceo. Over 100 aircraft have already been delivered to the airline and are flying out of its bases in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Manila and Tokyo.

Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia said during the signing: “We have three gold mines in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. On the other hand, Philippines and Japan have enormous potential growth. With these added aircraft, it goes in-line with our strategy to further build our already extensive network through new routes and added frequencies and allow AirAsia to maintain its market leadership."

“AirAsia is one of the great success stories of recent years in the airline business,” said Fabrice Brégier, President & CEO, Airbus. “The repeated confidence the airline places in the A320 is a clear endorsement of the reliability, efficiency and unbeatable operating economics offered by the world’s most modern single aisle product line.”

AirAsia’s all-A320 fleet currently flies to some 70 destinations on a route network spanning 20 countries across Asia. In addition, affiliate AirAsia X operates widebody A330-300s on longer services from Kuala Lumpur to Northern Asia and Australia.

The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling and most modern single aisle aircraft Family. To date, more than 8,800 aircraft have been ordered and over 5,300 delivered to more than 380 customers and operators worldwide.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Airbus Updates No.874

Airbus A320-216 aircraft picture
Budget carrier AirAsia has ordered another 64 Airbus A320neos as well as a further 36 baseline A320s.

The deal confirms AirAsia as the undisclosed customer behind a deal for 100 A320s booked in November.

AirAsia had previously indicated that it was negotiating for 100 jets but that it had opted against a high-density Bombardier CSeries.

No delivery dates have been disclosed for the AirAsia jets, nor has an engine selection been given.
It takes AirAsia's overall Airbus orders to 264 A320neos and 211 regular A320s.

Airbus values the agreement, unveiled during an event at its UK plant at Broughton, at $9.4 billion at catalogue prices.

Airbus updates No.873


Rumours doing the rounds suggest that the order may come from Turkish Airlines or Cathay Pacific if its a new airline or Emirates if its a top up order.......only time will tell watch this space

Airbus is working on finalizing another “significant order” for the Airbus A380 soon, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers John Leahy tells Aviation Week. Leahy is hopeful a memorandum of understanding (MOU) can be signed before the end of the year with the commitment turned into a firm order in 2013. Leahy declined to identify the customer and the exact number of aircraft under discussion.
Airbus is far short of its own sales target of 30 A380s in 2012. So far, it has recorded only a firm order for four aircraft from Russian airline Transaero. Leahy says, however, that an MOU for five aircraft signed by Singapore Airlines earlier this year will still appear in the firm 2012 order book, with the two sides working on the last contract details.
Leahy expects demand for the A380 to pick up in 2013 and “certainly” in 2014, once the large legacy carriers leave the current downturn behind them. “How else are we going to double RPKs in the next 15 years?” Leahy asks, other than by using larger aircraft. “The future is still with the A380.”
Airbus has a backlog of 165 A380s from 19 airlines and one VIP customer. Production is sold out until the end of 2015, when the first two open slots are available.

Airbus Updates No.872


13th December 2012

Turkish low cost carrier Pegasus Airlines is expected to confirm next week that it has placed an order for 70 Airbus A320NEO's and taken options on up to 30 more

Delieveries are expected to start in summer of 2015

Airbus Updates No.871

Airbus A319  -111  2214     VQ-BMO  Kuban Airlines  ferried 12dec12 KRR-DUB on return to lessor  ex G-EZEJ
 Airbus A319  -111  2224     VQ-BLY  Kuban Airlines  ferried 10dec12 KRR-DUB on return to lessor  ex G-EZEK
 Airbus A319  -111  2249     VQ-BMN  Kuban Airlines  ferried 12dec12 KRR-DUB on return to lessor  ex G-EZEO
 Airbus A319  -111  2400     OO-SSB  Brussels Airlines  delivery 13dec12 SNN-BRU   ex N937FR
 Airbus A319  -112  4691     D-ASTB  Gambia Bird Airlines  delivery 07dec12 TXL-BJL, ops by Germania Express   ex D-AVYO
 Airbus A319  -132  4998     D-AGWS  germanwings  ferried 13dec12 HAJ-SNN for paint into new cs  ex D-AVYG
 Airbus A319  -132  5043     D-AGWT  germanwings  ferried 10dec12 CGN-SNN, 1st for paint into new cs   ex D-AVYL
 Airbus A320  -211  139     JA8382  ANA All Nippon  ferried 10-11dec12 HND-ANC-MZJ on return to lessor   ex F-WWDF
Airbus A320  -214  1553     OE-LBJ  Austrian Airlines  delivery 11dec12 BUD-VIE, basic Air Berlin cs, no titl  ex D-ALTF
 Airbus A320  -232  2670     VN-A557  Jetstar Pacific  seen regd at DUB 12dec12 prior delivery  ex EI-EWS
 Airbus A320  -214  5393      JA08MC  StarFlyer  delivery 12dec12 TLS-DXB  ex F-WWBF
 Airbus A320  -232  5395     A7-AHY  Qatar Airways  delivery 13dec12 TLS-DOH  ex F-WWBJ
 Airbus A320  -214  5399     PK-GLN  Citilink  delivery 11-12dec12 XFW-SHJ-CMB   ex D-AVVA
 Airbus A320  -232  5411     VT-IFG  IndiGo Airlines  delivery 13dec12 XFW-DEL  ex D-AVVF
 Airbus A321  -231  5377     B-16203  EVA Air  delivery 12dec12 XFW-DWC  ex D-AVZH
 Airbus A321  -231  5382     HL8267  Asiana  delivery 13-14dec12 XFW-OVB-GMP   ex D-AVZN
 Airbus A321  -231  5409     N565UW  US Airways  delivery 13dec12 XFW-BGR-PIT  ex D-AVZL
Airbus A330  -343  1215     G-VGEM  Virgin Atlantic  ferried 13dec12 ZRH-LHR after cabin config  ex B-18392
 Airbus A330  -343  1369     B-LNN  Hong Kong Airlines  delivery 11dec12 TLS-HKG  ex F-WWKS

Airbus Updates No.870

Starflyer takes delivery of its first directly purchased Airbus A320

Japan’s carrier strengthens its network with 100% Airbus fleet
12 December 2012Press Release
Starflyer, Japan’s fast-growing, value-based airline, has taken delivery of its first ever directly purchased aircraft, an Airbus A320, during a delivery ceremony in Toulouse, France.
The aircraft is the first of three A320s ordered by the company in 2011, and is powered by CFM56-5B4/P engines. It will accommodate 150 passengers in a single-class configuration. Starflyer will deploy the new aircraft to strengthen its network in Japan and to regional destinations. 
“Thanks to its best-in-class fuel consumption and high reliability, the A320 has played a key role in Starflyer’s success” said Starflyer President and CEO Shinichi Yonehara. “Furthermore, thanks to the A320’s wide cabin, we will be able to continue offering excellent services to our passengers, which is key to gaining competitive advantages in Japan’s increasingly challenging market.”
Starflyer already operates an all-Airbus fleet of seven leased A320s, the first of which was delivered in Toulouse exactly seven years ago. With today’s aircraft, the airline’s fleet will raise to eight A320s, with another six to be delivered both via lease and direct purchase.
“We are very pleased to see Starflyer take delivery of their first directly purchased A320” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “With its superior performance, economics, passenger cabin comfort and quick turn-around times, the A320 is the best possible aircraft for companies committed to optimising costs while ensuring a great flight experience for their passengers.”
The A320 Family is the benchmark single-aisle family and is recognised as the aircraft of choice for value-based carriers in Japan. The aircraft feature the latest technology available today, the widest and most comfortable cabin, and the highest degree of operational commonality. With 99.8% reliability and extended servicing intervals, the A320 Family has the lowest operating costs of any single-aisle aircraft today.
More than 5,300 A320 Family aircraft are in airline operation around the world today with over 380 customers and operators. Uniquely, the A320 Family offers a containerized cargo system, which is compatible with the world-wide standard wide-body system.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Airbus Updates No.869

Airbus A319  -132  1010     PT-MZB  TAM  ferried 07-08dec12 GRU-CCS-MIA-GYR on return to lessor   ex D-AVYA
Airbus A320  -212  294     LZ-BHB  BH Air  ferried 06-07dec12 SOF-KEF-BOS-MZJ on return to lessor   ex OY-CNP
 Airbus A320  -214  1171     EI-EZE  GECAS  ferried 08dec12 SNN-DUB ( + 1210 EI-EZF 07dec12)  ex HB-JIY
Airbus A320  -232  2958     OE-IBM  GECAS  ferried 07dec12 TSE-OSR, for SAS as OY-KAN   ex VT-INE
 Airbus A320  -214  4193     VN-A  VietJetAir  in full cs, SX-reg at BOH 06dec12 prior delivery ex ATH  ex SX-OAU
Airbus A321  -231  5368     N563UW  US Airways  delivery 08dec12 XFW-BGR-PIT  ex D-AVZF
 Airbus A321  -231  5392     VN-A396  Vietnam Airlines  delivery 08dec12 XFW-BAK-HAN  ex D-AVZB
 Airbus A330  -322  120     CS-TRI  HiFly  for delivery 1q13  ex D-AERK
Airbus A330  -223  262     CS-TQW  HiFly  positioned 07dec12 AMM-MAD with Boliviana de Aviación titl & tail cs   ex VN-A370
Airbus A330-200 [CS-TQW]

Airbus A330  -223  296     CS-TRJ  HiFly  for delivery 1q13  ex 9M-MKV
 Airbus A330  -343  1366     B-LAX  Cathay Pacific  delivery 07dec12 TLS-HKG  ex F-WWKO
Airbus A380  -861  96     HL7619  Korean Air  delivery 10dec12 TLS-ICN  ex F-WWAP

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Airbus Updates No.868

The month in review: November 2012

With 186 orders and 54 deliveries in November, Airbus achieved new programme milestones and reconfirmed its commercial strategy.
The new bookings brought overall Airbus orders over the 12,000 mark – to 12,064 – and boosted the current backlog to more than 4,500 aircraft, of which nearly 3,500 are from its single-aisle A320 Family.
At the end of November, Airbus had already achieved its targeted 2012 “book-to-bill” rate of greater than 1, which is the number of annual aircraft orders divided by jetliner deliveries. In addition, the 646 gross orders accumulated during the 11 months of 2012 placed Airbus just four short of its 650-aircraft sales target for the year.
Also, Airbus is heading to a new delivery record in 2012 with the 516 aircraft provided by the end November – compared with 534 in all of 2011.
New business for the Airbus single-aisle product line in November was paced by an undisclosed customer's contract for 100 A320 Family jetliners. This was accompanied by Mexican low-cost carrier Interjet’s purchase agreement for 40 A320s, the China Aircraft Leasing Company’s order for 28 A320ceo (current engine option) jetliners and eight A321ceo versions, Transavia Airways’ acquisition of six additional A321neo aircraft, and Tibet Airways’ order for one A319.
Three orders were booked during November for Airbus’ widebody A330/A340 family: two A340-500s for AJW Capital Partners Limited – a worldwide aviation services group based in the U.K.; and an Iraqi Ministry of Transportation-ordered A330-200, to be operated by Iraqi Airways – the national carrier of Iraq.
The month’s deliveries included three A380s – two for Emirates and one to THAI, which brings the total number of Airbus’ 21st flagship jetliners received so far in 2012 by customers to 25.
Among the total 41 deliveries of A320 Family aircraft in November were Tibet Airlines’ first A319 assembled at the Airbus Tianjin Final Assembly Line in China, and the initial A321 for Air Astana of Kazakhstan.
The 10 A330s provided to customers during the month included the first A330-200 to Iraqi Airways – a new operator for the type; along with the no. 1 A330-200 to Garuda; and the first A330-300s to Transasia, XL Airways and Corsair.

Airbus Updates No.867

Airbus A320-216 aircraft picture
Air Asia A320-216 9M-AFG seen at Singapore on 30th November 2012.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Airbus Updates No.866

Airbus to display two corporate jets at MEBA show

Widest and tallest cabins of any business jet
6 December 2012Press Release
Airbus will display two corporate jets at the MEBA show, giving visitors an opportunity to see the widest and tallest cabin of any business jet in elegantly different arrangements.
The aircraft are the backbone of the Airbus corporate jet family, which have a strong presence in the important Middle East market.
They comprise an Airbus ACJ318 operated on VVIP charter flights by Al Jaber Aviation (AJA), and the ACJ319 of a private Middle East customer.
“We make corporate jets out of the world’s most modern aircraft family,” explains Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers John Leahy, “which means that we start with great aircraft with spacious cabins and then make them even better, allowing customers to take into the air the comfort and space of their lifestyles on the ground.”
“That’s something that Middle East customers have long appreciated, because it’s where we sold our first corporate jet in the mid-1980s, and it’s still the most important market for widebody corporate jets today,” he adds.
Airbus’ corporate jet family ranges from the ACJ318 all the way up to the double-deck A380, giving customers an unparalleled choice of the comfort that that they want, in the size that they need.
The newest member of the Airbus corporate jet family is the ACJ318 Enhanced, featuring a cabin upgrade and wider choice of options. This is complemented by improved versions of the Airbus A330 which, together with the A340, can be allied to a new widebody cabin package called the Gala concept.
Airbus corporate jets are the new gold-standard in business aviation, delivering unmatched comfort, space and productivity to the world’s leaders - on every continent, in every market, in every style.

Airbus Updates No.865

Iraqi Airways takes delivery of its first Airbus A330

First Airbus widebody aircraft to be delivered to Iraq
 5 December 2012Press Release
On behalf of Iraqi Ministry of Transportation, Iraqi Airways, the national carrier of Iraq, has taken delivery of its first A330-200 becoming a new operator for the type. This will be the first Airbus widebody aircraft to be operated by Iraqi Airways. The carrier already operates two A321 aircraft.
Accommodating a two-class configuration of 24 business and 264 economy seats, the aircraft is powered by GE CF6-80 engines and will be deployed on European routes including Germany, Austria and the UK.
“The A330-200 will allow us to grow our international routes while offering high quality of service and flight experience to our increasing number of passengers,” said Captain Saad Mahdi Saeed Al-Khafaji, Iraqi Airways General Manager, “The aircraft will service a number of international routes, namely to Europe, providing passengers a more comfortable journey with spacious seating.”
“We are pleased to welcome Iraqi Airways as a new operator of the A330 family aircraft. Iraq has a big potential and we are seeing more flights being operated to several cities in the country,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “With the A330-200, Iraqi Airways will benefit from the aircraft’s low operating costs, proven reliability and great passenger appeal.”
The A330 is one of the most widely-used widebody aircraft in service today. Airbus has recorded over 1,200 orders for the various versions of the aircraft and more than 900 are in service with 90 operators worldwide today. In addition to passenger and freighter aircraft, the A330 is also available in VIP and military transport / tanker variants.

Airbus Updates No.864

Airbus A300  -622R(F)  770     EI-OZJ  Air Contractors  N-reg canx 03dec12, delivery 05dec12 DRS-LEJ prior paint   ex N770E
 Airbus A319  -132  976     PT-MZA  TAM  ferried 06dec12 CCS-MIA-GYR on return to lessor   ex D-AVYI
 Airbus A319  -111  2113     9H-AEG  Air Malta  ferried 05dec12 MLA-OSR for paint into new cs  ex C-GAEG
 Airbus A319  -111  5383     EI-IMW  Alitalia  delivery 04dec12 XFW-FCO  ex D-AVWJ
 Airbus A320  -231  373     HS-  Thai Regional Airline  at MEX 03dec12, all wh plus titl and tail logo, N-reg   ex N304ML
Airbus A320  -214  2291      9H-AEK  Air Malta  ferried 06dec12 OSR-MLA after paint into new cs  ex F-WWBT
 Airbus A320  -214  3777     F-GKXQ  Air France  positioned 02-03dec12 TLS-YQX-PTP on new Caribbean based ops  ex D-AVVH
 Airbus A320  -214  4193     VN-A  VietJetAir  in full cs, SX-reg at BOH 06dec12 prior delivery ex ATH  ex SX-OAU
Airbus A320  -214  5356     RPDL-34223   Lao Aviation  delivery 05dec12 XFW-DXB, all white, no titl   ex D-AUBN
Airbus A320  -232  5387     N617NK  Spirit Airlines  delivery 06dec12 TLS-YYR-FLL  ex F-WWIY
Airbus A321  -231  5388     TC-JSD  Turkish Airlines  delivery 04dec12 XFW-IST  ex D-AVZR
 Airbus A330  -322  127     D-AERQ  Air Berlin  ferried 24nov/05dec12 DUS-CHR-DUS, paint into all white prior return to lessor  ex F-WWKO
Airbus A330  -302  1367    B-18359  China Airlines  delivery 06dec12 TLS-TPE  ex F-WWKP
 Airbus A330  -243F  1368     N330QT  Tampa Colombia  for delivery mid dec12 TLS-RNG  ex F-WWKQ
 Airbus A340  -642  416     G-VOGE  Virgin Atlantic  ferried 06dec12 LGW-LDE on return to lessor  ex F-WWCF

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Airbus Updates No.863

Airbus A330  -243  250     C-GGTS  Air Transat  ferried 29-30nov12 SOC-HNL-YUL after on Hajj-lease to Garuda   ex F-WWKK
 Airbus A330  -243  254     G-MLJL  Thomas Cook Airlines  ferried 29nov12 BTJ-SHJ-MAN after Hajj-lease to Garuda Indonesia  ex F-WWKT
 Airbus A330  -223  262     CS-TQW  HiFly  ferried 29nov12 LOP-AMM after Hajj-lease to Garuda Indonesia   ex VN-A370
 Airbus A330  -243  265     G-EOMA  Monarch  ferried 01dec12 PDG-SAW-MAN after Hajj-lease to Garuda Indonesia   ex F-WWKU
 Airbus A330  -243  271     C-GITS  Air Transat  ferried 28nov12 SOC-HNL-YYZ after Hajj-lease to Garuda Indonesia  ex F-WWKY
 Airbus A330  -343  407     C-GTSD  Air Transat  ferried 29nov12 SOC-HNL-YUL after Hajj-lease to Garuda Indonesia  ex TC-SGJ
 Airbus A330  -243  480     C-GPTS  Air Transat  ferried 29nov12 SOC-HNL-YYZ after Hajj-lease to Garuda Indonesia  ex F-WWKV
 Airbus A330  -343  833     CS-TRH  Orbest Airlines  ferried 29nov12 UPG-RKT-MAD after Hajj-lease to Garuda   ex EC-KCP
 Airbus A330  -202  931     EC-KOM  Air Europa  ferried / in svc 01dec12 MAD-ARN-HKT, Novair titl on winter-lease   ex F-WWKU
 Airbus A330  -243  966     C-GTSR  Air Transat  ferried 29-30nov12 SOC-HNL-YUL after on Hajj-lease to Garuda   ex XA-MXP
 Airbus A330  -343  1097     EC-LEQ  Orbest Airlines  ferried 30nov12-01dec12 UPG-RKT-MAD after Hajj-lease to Garuda Indonesia  ex F-WWKL
 Airbus A330  -343  1206     G-VLUV  Virgin Atlantic  regd 30nov12 after lease to China Airlines prior re-delivery   ex B-18391
 Airbus A330  -202  1339     YI-AQY  Iraqi Airways  delivery 30nov12 TLS-BGW  ex F-WWCC
 Airbus A330  -343  1358     B-LNM  Hong Kong Airlines  delivery 30nov12 TLS-HKG  ex F-WWCY
 Airbus A330  -303  1360     F-HXLF  XL Airways France  delivery 30nov12 TLS-CDG  ex F-WWKA
 Airbus A330  -243  1364     PK-GPP  Garuda Indonesia  delivery 01dec12 TLS-CGK  ex F-WWKK
Airbus A380  -861  110     A6-EEC  Emirates  delivery 30nov12 XFW-DXB  ex F-WWAE

Airbus Updates No.862

Airbus A310  -304  494     CS-TQV  White  ferried 01dec12 FJR-LPAR after Hajj-lease to Air India   ex PR-WTA
Airbus A320  -214  888     EI-EZA  GECAS  seen re-regd at SEN 30nov12  ex HB-JIW
 Airbus A320  -214  1320     G-OZBY  Monarch  re-regd 30nov12  ex G-OOAR
Airbus A320  -214  4193  809  SX-OAU  Olympic Airways  ferried 30nov12 ATH-BOH, for paint on return to lessor   ex F-WWIJ
 Airbus A320  -214  5373     5A-LAO  Libyan Airlines  delivery 30nov12 TLS-MRA  ex F-WWID
 Airbus A320  -232  5375     PK-RMR  Mandala  delivery 29-30nov12 TLS-DWC-SIN   ex F-WWIE
 Airbus A320  -214  5381     RP-C3271  Cebu Pacific Air  delivery 30nov12 TLS-CAI-FJR  ex F-WWIG
 Airbus A320  -214  5386     B-6941  Air China  delivery 01dec12 XFW-OVB-PEK  ex D-AUBV
 Airbus A320  -232  5390  1935  9V-JSQ  Jetstar  delivery 01-02dec12 TLS-AZI-SIN  ex F-WWIZ
Airbus A321  -231  5374     N564UW  US Airways  delivery 30nov12 XFW-BGR-PIT  ex D-AVZG