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Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Airbus Updates No.613

A380 Repairs Under Way As More Cracks Found

Singapore Airlines said on Monday it had found examples of recently identified wing cracks in all six of the Airbus A380s on which it carried out mandatory inspections, as a senior pilot issued reassurance over the superjumbo's safety.

The discovery of more instances of cracked wing components was expected after Airbus said last week it had found the problem and predicted that until it had time to conduct repairs, a consistent pattern would emerge in further tests.

The European plane maker and airlines insist the world's largest airliner is safe to fly, but are keen to move beyond the issue of small cracks in wing brackets that has grabbed media attention and triggered compulsory checks last week.

The European Aviation Safety Agency ordered carriers to inspect almost a third of the global fleet of A380s, starting with six jets operated by Singapore Airlines, to check for one of two types of cracks that emerged in the space of weeks.

"We found cracks in all six," the airline's regional public relations manager for Europe, Peter Tomasch, said during a press event at Frankfurt Airport.

"Four we have repaired and they are flying again. The other two will follow in the coming days."
EASA ordered the most urgent checks on aircraft that had carried out at least 1,800 takeoffs and landings; the six Singapore Airlines aircraft fell into this category.

The agency gave airlines six weeks to perform checks on a second category of jets that had between 1,300 and 1,800 takeoffs and landings, and did not order checks on less heavily used aircraft.

In a bulletin known as an airworthiness directive, EASA last week gave Singapore Airlines, Dubai's Emirates and Air France six weeks to examine a further 14 aircraft.

In total, 68 superjumbos are in operation and a total of 253 have been sold.

Airbus says the cracks were discovered long before they posed a potential safety hazard, but it faces a bill for the checks and repairs which are being carried out at its expense.

"The inspection and repairs are well under way and continuing, in line with the airworthiness directive," a spokeswoman said.

"Airbus is supplying repair kits as well as providing technical and logistical support to our customers".

CRACKS BLAMED ON THREE ERRORS

Cracks on what Airbus describes as a handful of the 2,000 L-shaped brackets fixing exterior panels to the ribcage of each wing first surfaced during repairs to a Qantas A380 that was damaged when an engine exploded in November 2010.

Those initial cracks were seen as a minor glitch in the aircraft's metallic frame, but regulators decided to act when their discovery led engineers to a second and potentially more significant type of crack on the same type of bracket.

Airbus said last week that having understood the problem, it expected most of the aircraft being tested would show similar evidence of cracks and that it had found a simple repair.

It blamed the cracks on three errors: designers' choice of aluminium alloy for some of the "rib feet" brackets, the use of a type of bolt that strained the metal and a way of closing tiny gaps that put too much stress on a handful of parts.

Besides the 24 hours required to empty fuel tanks and carry out visual inspections inside the wings, no A380s have been grounded.

However, if unrepaired, the cracks could curtail the maximum service life allowed by regulators. After immediate repairs, Airbus plans to change the type of metal used to build the part.

PILOT REASSURANCE

Singapore Airlines' chief pilot for the A380, Captain Robert Ting, flew to Germany on Sunday in one of the six aircraft that had to be fixed as a result of the mandatory inspections and sought to reassure future passengers over the aircraft's safety.

"I slept very well," he said, referring to his peace of mind during a rest period while a second crew flew the aircraft.

"We have very competent authorities, and a very competent Airbus," he told reporters in Frankfurt.
Ting piloted the first commercial A380 flight in 2007.

Airbus Updates No.612

Korean Air To Buy 14 Aircraft In 2012

Korean Air Lines said on Tuesday that it plans to invest KRW1.8 trillion won (USD$1.6 billion) in 2012 and purchase 14 aircraft including Airbus's flagship A380 superjumbo.

The carrier also said in a statement that it targeted KRW12.8 trillion won in sales this year and an KRW820 billion won operating profit.

Monday, 30 January 2012

Airbus Updates No.611

Airbus A310 -304 494   CS-TQV White for re-delivery late jan12 ex PR-WTA
 Airbus A319 -112 1706   JU- Mongolian Airlines N-reg canx 27jan12 prior delivery ex VCV ex N706MX
 Airbus A319 -112 1750   JU- Mongolian Airlines N-reg canx 27jan12 prior delivery ex VCV, one is regd JU-8888 ex N750MX


 Airbus A320 -214 772   N13SB Intertrade Ltd regd 25jan12, parked at SEN ex M-ABEM


Airbus A320 -214 2668   OE-LEO flyNiki ferried 29-30jan12 VIE-SAW-IST prior return to lessor ex F-WWBP
 Airbus A320 -214 4250   HB-JYA easyJet Switzerland ferried 25jan12 LGW-GVA, re-regd 26jan12 ex G-EZTW
 Airbus A320 -232 4918   PK-RMN Mandala for delivery 30jan12 SIN-CGK, basic Tiger Airways cs was not used by TGW  ex 9V-TRC


Airbus A320 -214 4988   D-ABFZ Air Berlin for delivery 31jan12 XFW-TXL ex D-AVVT


Airbus A321 -211 1233   VQ-B Nordwind Airlines ferried 28jan12 IST-NWI, TC-reg for paint ex TC-JMF


Airbus A321 -211 5009   HZ-ASP Saudi Arabian for delivery 31jan12 XFW-JED ex D-AZAK


Airbus A330 -202 1283   EI-EJL Alitalia delivery 30jan12 TLS-FCO ex F-WWKA

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Airbus Updates No.610

SPAINAIR AIRBUS FLEET PARKED AFTER AIRLINE COLLAPSE


Airbus A320-232 aircraft picture

Spanairs 29 airbuses have been parked following their collapse after an 11th hour rescue deal by Qatar Airways and withdrawn...........

above photo shows 7 of the fleet parked at Barcelona

Airbus Updates No.609

Qatar Air Could Delay A380 Delivery

The chief executive of Qatar Airways said he was confident Airbus would fix the cracks discovered on the wings of some of its A380 superjumbos but did not rule out delaying delivery if the problem persists.

"I'm sure that it (the cracks) is something that has emerged and that Airbus is capable of putting it right soon," Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said at the opening of the airline's new premium lounge at London's Heathrow Airport on Thursday.

"If they don't put it right we will delay taking an aircraft. But I am confident Airbus will fix the problem."
Qatar Airways doubled its A380 order book to 10 at last year's Dubai air show.

It is due to receive its first A380 next year.

European safety authorities ordered urgent inspections on just under a third of the superjumbo fleet last week after two types of cracks were discovered within weeks of each of other on the same type of part, an L-shaped bracket inside the wing.

Al Baker said teething problems with new aircraft was the reason Qatar Airways had not decided to take the earlier models of the A380.

"Whenever a new model of car comes out I like to get the first one but after a year I need to replace it because they make so many modifications," he said. "That's why we are taking the 50th A380 onwards."
Al Baker added that he expected Qatar to receive its first Boeing 787 in June and that its first flight would be to the UK after being displayed at the Farnborough air show.

Airbus Updates No.608

Incident: Cathay A333 near Hong Kong on Jan 23rd 2012, cracked windshield

By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Jan 24th 2012 14:14Z, last updated Tuesday, Jan 24th 2012 14:14Z
A Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300, registration B-HLM performing flight CX-735 from Hong Kong (China) to Singapore (Singapore), was climbing out of Hong Kong when the crew decided to return to Hong Kong due to a cracked windshield. The aircraft landed safely back on Hong Kong's runway 07L about 45 minutes after departure.

A replacement aircraft reached Singapore with a delay of 2.5 hours.

Incident: Etihad A332 at Kathmandu on Jan 17th 2012, engine problem

By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Jan 24th 2012 14:35Z, last updated Tuesday, Jan 24th 2012 14:35Z
An Etihad Airlines Airbus A330-200, registration A6-EYL performing flight EY-293 from Kathmandu (Nepal) to Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) with 168 people on board, was climbing out of Kathmandu about 5 minutes into the flight when the crew detected problems with an engine (Trent 772) and decided to return to Kathmandu. The aircraft landed safely back on Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport about one hour after departure.

The airport reported one of the engines had failed and was shut down.

The airline said a minor engine problem prompted the return. The passengers were taken to hotels.

The incident aircraft was able to position back to Abu Dhabi as flight EY-293P on Jan 21st and re-entered service thereafter.

Incident: Qatar A320 near Kathmandu on Jan 13th 2012, engine shut down in flight

By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Jan 24th 2012 14:55Z, last updated Tuesday, Jan 24th 2012 14:55Z
A Qatar Airways Airbus A320-200, registration A7-ADU performing flight QR-357 from Kathmandu (Nepal) to Doha (Qatar), was climbing out of Kathmandu when the crew needed to shut an engine (V2527) down in flight and diverted to Lucknow (India) for a safe landing.

The aircraft was able to position to Qatar on Jan 18th as flight QR-3355.

Incident: Qantas A333 enroute on Jan 24th 2012, hydraulic leak

By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Jan 24th 2012 15:45Z, last updated Tuesday, Jan 24th 2012 15:48Z
A Qantas Airbus A330-300, registration VH-QPD performing flight QF-20 from Manila (Philippines) to Brisbane,QL (Australia) and further to Sydney,NS (Australia), was enroute entering Australian Airspace when the crew declared PAN advising of a possible hydraulic leak. The crew decided to divert to Sydney,NS (Australia) and set course directly to Sydney subsequently advising they wanted to minimize their braking at Sydney due to the hydraulic quantity. Quite some discussion ensued regarding Sydney's night curfew as the aircraft estimated to arrive at 05:50L 10 minutes prior to the end of curfew, the crew pledged to hold or extend the downwind to meet the curfew, the PAN call however released the curfew and the airport preferred to have the aircraft land earlier to complete the runway inspection and have the runway available again at 06:00L. The aircraft landed safely on Sydney's runway 16R at about 05:40L and vacated the runway via taxiway A5 about 3200 meters/10600 feet down the runway.

Incident: TAM A332 at Paris on Jan 24th 2012, engine shut down in flight

By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Jan 24th 2012 23:52Z, last updated Wednesday, Jan 25th 2012 09:40Z
A TAM Linhas Aereas Airbus A330-200, registration PT-MVF performing flight JJ-8055 from Paris Charles de Gaulle (France) to Rio de Janeiro Galeao,RJ (Brazil) with 160 passengers, was climbing out of Charles de Gaulle Airport's runway 27L when the crew stopped the climb at FL160, squawked emergency, dumped fuel and returned to Charles de Gaulle Airport for a safe landing on runway 27L about 80 minutes after departure.

The airline reported the aircraft suffered a technical problem. The flight has been rescheduled for Jan 25th and is estimated to depart Paris with a delay of 19.5 hours, the passengers were taken to hotels.

Passengers reported the aircraft was about 10 minutes into the flight when a loud bang was heard followed by serious vibrations and an announcement from the flight deck that the right hand engine (CF6) had failed and needed to be shut down. The aircraft would dump fuel and return to Paris.

Incident: S7 A319 at Krasnojarsk on Jan 26th 2012, rejected takeoff

By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, Jan 26th 2012 18:12Z, last updated Thursday, Jan 26th 2012 18:12Z
A S7 Sibir Airlines Airbus A319-100, registration VP-BHI performing flight S7-72 from Krasnojarsk to Moscow Domodedovo (Russia) with 106 passengers and 7 crew, was accelerating for takeoff from Krasnojarsk when the crew received an indication the left hand thrust reverser (CFM56) had opened. The crew rejected takeoff, the aircraft slowed safely and returned to the apron.

West Siberia's Transport Prosecution Office reported the aircraft rejected takeoff in the first phase of the takeoff run.

The aircraft was able to depart Krasnojarsk following examination and repair and reached Moscow with a delay of 8:45 hours.

Incident: Lufthansa A320 near Cologne on Jan 25th 2012, hydraulic leak

By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, Jan 26th 2012 18:33Z, last updated Thursday, Jan 26th 2012 18:33Z
A Lufthansa Airbus A320-200, registration D-AIPE performing flight LH-1988 from Munich to Cologne (Germany), was on approach to Cologne when the crew detected a possible hydraulic leak. The aircraft continued the approach to Cologne's runway 14L for a safe landing, tower however reported smoke from the right hand main gear. The aircraft stopped after vacating the runway, emergency services responded and cooled the brakes. The aircraft was subsequently towed to the apron, where passengers disembarked normally about 30 minutes after landing.

A passenger reported the aircraft stopped shortly after turning off the runway, fire brigades arrived a short time later. The crew announced that they had suffered a hydraulic leak and after landing the tower reported smoke from the right hand gear obviously as result of hydraulic fluid dripping onto the brakes. Emergency services used water to cool the right hand brakes the crew announced at 160 degrees C at that point. Emergency services advised that the aircraft needed to hold position to prevent further hydraulic fluid spillage, the aircraft was subsequently towed to the apron, where the passengers disembarked about 30 minutes after landing.

The incident aircraft was able to depart Cologne about 6 hours after landing.

Incident: Air Canada A319 near Providencialis on Jan 13th 2012, hydraulic leak, hydraulic failure

By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, Jan 27th 2012 23:07Z, last updated Friday, Jan 27th 2012 23:07Z
An Air Canada Airbus A319-100, registration C-FZUJ performing flight AC-1272 from Toronto,ON (Canada) to Providencialis (Turks and Caicos Islands) with 115 people on board, was on approach to Providencialis when the crew observed the loss of hydraulic fluid from the green hydraulic system followed by an overheat indication of the yellow hydraulic system. The crew actioned the relevant checklists, declared emergency and continued the approach to Providencialis. The gear was lowered using the alternate extension, the aircraft landed safely, however had to stop on the runway due to the loss of nose wheel steering as result of the alternate gear extension. The aircraft was towed off the runway.

The Canadian TSB reported the loss of hydraulic fluid from the green hydraulic system was attributed to a leaking left hand main gear door bypass valve. The yellow system's overheat was attributed to the sustained operation of the power transfer unit attempting to pressurize the green hydraulic system

Incident: Aeroflot A320 near Krasnodar on Jan 28th 2012, engine shut down in flight
By Simon Hradecky, created Saturday, Jan 28th 2012 15:44Z, last updated Saturday, Jan 28th 2012 15:44Z
An Aeroflot Airbus A320-200, registration VQ-BBB performing flight SU-874 from Sochi to Moscow Sheremetyevo (Russia) with 83 passengers, was enroute near Krasnodar (Russia) when the crew needed to shut an engine (CFM56) down and diverted to Krasnodar for a safe landing.

A number of passengers have been rebooked onto other flights.

Incident: Easyjet A320 at Manchester on Jan 27th 2012, lightning strike

By Simon Hradecky, created Saturday, Jan 28th 2012 17:46Z, last updated Saturday, Jan 28th 2012 17:49Z
An Easyjet Airbus A320-200, registration G-EZUI performing flight U2-1946 from Athens (Greece) to Manchester,EN (UK), was on final approach to Manchester's runway 23R descending through about 1300 feet when a lightning struck the aircraft. The crew went around and entered a holding at 4000 feet to run checklists, then had to wait until snow removal on the runways was complete before landing safely on runway 23R about 25 minutes after aborting the first approach.

An observer on the ground reported the aircraft received two visible burn marks on the fuselage just underneath the captain's windshield.

The aircraft returned to service the following day after about 19 hours on the ground.



















Saturday, 28 January 2012

Airbus Updates No.607

IBERIA AND VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRBUSES PUT UP FOR SALE

Iberia is to dispose of several aircraft in the next year or so & Airbus is advertising the following for sale or lease:

EC-JSB A320 (2776) from May 2013

EC-KHJ A320 (2347) from January 2013

EC-IIG A321 (1554) from March 2013 (sale only)

EC-HDQ A343 (302) from March 2012

EC-HGU A343 (318) from June 2012

EC-HGX A343 (332) from June 2012

EC-GPB A343 (193) from December 2012

EC-LHM A343 (387) from April 2013

Virgin Atlantic is to withdraw four A346s from service by October this year & they are currently being advertised by Airbus for sale or lease as follows:

G-VSHY (383) from July 2012

G-VMEG (391) from October 2012

G-VOGE (416) from November 2012

G-VFOX (449) from December 2012

Friday, 27 January 2012

Airbus Updates No.606

AviancaTaca firms up order for 51 eco-efficient A320 aircraft

 
Purchase agreement is biggest for a single customer in Latin America history
26 January 2012 Press Release
 
AviancaTaca, which includes subsidiary AeroGal of Ecuador, has signed a purchase agreement for 33 eco-efficient A320neo and 18 A320 Family aircraft. The order, which is the largest from a single airline in the region in terms of number of aircraft, follows a MOU signed during the Le Bourget Air Show in Paris in June 2011.

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.

“With this order AviancaTaca and our subsidiaries will continue the modernization process that includes fleet renewal as its primary focus,” said Fabio Villegas, President of AviacaTaca. “Our goal is to offer travelers the most comfortable and efficient aircraft in the market, and we are proud that the A320neo aircraft is recognized for its eco-efficiency and cutting-edge technology,”  

“At Airbus, we are very proud of our contribution to the success story of AviancaTaca,” said John Leahy, Airbus’ Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “Thanks to its unbeatable operating costs and the comfort it offers to passengers, the A320 Family has become the first choice for single-aisle aircraft among the most important operators worldwide.”  

AviancaTaca has placed firm orders for 190 Airbus aircraft (including the latest 51) and has currently in service 88 A320 Family aircraft and eight A330. AviancaTaca operates the entire A320 Family, A318, A319, A320 and A321 aircraft.  

Over 8,300 A320 Family aircraft have been ordered and some 5,000 delivered to more than340 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. 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. The A320neo NOx emissions are 50% below CAEP/6, and this aircraft also has a considerably smaller noise footprint.  
 
To date, Airbus has sold 666 aircraft in Latin America and has a backlog of 351. The number of Airbus aircraft in operation throughout Latin America and the Caribbean reaches 435 units. In the last 10 years, Airbus tripled its in-service fleet, while delivering more than 60 percent of all aircraft operating in the region. 

Airbus Updates No.605

Etihad Airways orders two more A330-200 Freighters

 
Ideal solution for most efficient freight operations

26 January 2012 Press Release
 
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates has signed a firm order for two additional A330-200F freighter aircraft to meet their growth plans in the cargo market. The airline was a launch customer and the launch operator of the A330-200F, having taken delivery of its first aircraft at the Farnborough International Airshow in 2010. Today’s order will increase the fleet of the airline’s cargo business, Etihad Crystal Cargo, to four A330-200F freighters.

“We are strongly committed to building our presence in the cargo sector with the platform of Abu Dhabi as our hub to connect global trade lanes,” Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr James Hogan, said. “The A330-200F has been a key part of our recent success in the market. We are very pleased with its high reliability and versatility, and that’s why we are keen to expand this fleet type,” he said.
“This repeat order by Etihad underlines the key role the A330-200F is playing alongside larger freighters. The A330-200F enables Etihad to optimise its network by addressing markets which do not make business sense with large freighters,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “In a challenging economic environment, with high fuel prices and yields under pressure, the A330-200F helps match capacity neatly with demand which allows for efficient cargo operations.”

The A330-200F, which has just celebrated a successful first year of efficient operation with a high operational reliability topping 99.5%, can carry up to 70 tonnes of payload and offer a range of up to 4,000nm. Nine A330-200F freighters are now flying with four operators in the Middle East, Europe and Asia.

The A330 Family, which spans 200 to 400 seats for the passenger variants, also includes Freighter, VIP, and Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) variants, and has attracted close to 1,200 orders.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Airbus Updates No.604

Airbus A320 -211 191   S5-AAT Adria Airways ferried 26jan12 LJU-LDE, all wh, for onward storage  ex CS-TNB
 Airbus A320 -211 207  EC-FGV Iberia Express painted 23-30jan12 at MAD after storage  ex EC-584


Airbus A320 -214 5ß7  RP-C8396 AirPhil Express delivery 26jan12 XFW-SHJ ex D-AVVY


Airbus A320 -232 1918   EI-ELD ACQ Acquisitions ferried 26jan12 SNN-SEN, Avia Nova cs, after storage  ex G-TTOF
 Airbus A320 -233 2118   TC-IZA Izmir Airlines ferried 24jan12 SAW-SEN on return to lessor ex N488TA


Airbus A320 -216 4980   HS-ABW Thai Air Asia delivery 24jan12 TLS-SHJ-BKK, special "Skytrax World ex F-WWIZ


Airbus A320 -216 4989   RP-C8191 Air Asia Philippines delivery 26-27jan12 TLS-LGW-SHJ-BKK-CRK  ex F-WWDU


Airbus A330 -223F 1164   9M-MUC Malaysia Airlines Kargo delivery 26jan12 TLS-AMS ex F-WWKG


Airbus A340 -313 528   A7-AAH Qatar Amiri Flight feried 26jan12 DUB-DOH after paint into Qatar Airways cs ex B-18851

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Airbus Updates No.603

Hong Kong Airlines takes delivery of its first A320

 
Carrier also adds all-premium class A330 to fleet

25 January 2012 Press Release
 
Hong Kong Airlines has become a new operator of Airbus single aisle aircraft, following the delivery of its first A320. The aircraft is the first of 30 A320s ordered by the airline and is powered by CFM International’s CFM 56 engines. Seating 152 passengers in two classes, the A320s will be operated across the carrier’s regional network, linking Hong Kong with destinations in mainland China, and North and South East Asia.

Hong Kong Airlines has also taken delivery of its latest long range A330-200, featuring a new all-premium class layout. With luxurious accommodation for just 116 passengers, the aircraft will be used to launch new non-stop services to London. The delivery increases the carrier’s in-service  widebody fleet to 10 aircraft, comprising seven A330-200 passenger aircraft and three A330-200F freighters.

"With the delivery of our first A320 and the new all-premium class A330 Hong Kong Airlines will consolidate further its position as a premier full-service carrier,” said Yang Jian Hong, President, Hong Kong Airlines. "The on-board features will ensure that we are able to offer the best possible in-flight experience, while benefitting from the economic efficiency offered by these modern aircraft types.”

"We are pleased to see Hong Kong Airlines become a new A320 operator and also increase its Airbus long range fleet,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer, Customers, Airbus. "These modern and fuel-efficient aircraft will offer Hong Kong Airlines the lowest operating costs in both regional and medium capacity long haul markets, as well as a level of technical commonality unique to the Airbus product line.”

The A320 Family is the best-selling and most modern single aisle product line available today, with over 8,300 aircraft ordered and some 5,000 delivered to some 340 customers and operators worldwide.
Airbus has recorded nearly 1,200 orders for the A330 Family and more than 800 aircraft are flying with some 90 operators worldwide. In addition to passenger aircraft, the A330 Family also includes freighter, VIP and military transport / tanker variants.

Airbus Updates No.602

Norwegian commits to 100 A320neo aircraft

 
Stunning A320neo sales success continues in 2012

25 January 2012 Press Release
 
Norwegian, one of the largest low-cost airlines in Europe, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for 100 A320neo aircraft. The agreement, which makes Norwegian the latest customer for the A320neo and also a new customer for Airbus, was signed by Bjørn Kjos, Chief Executive Officer, Norwegian and John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers.

The new aircraft will support Norwegian’s growth and modernisation strategy.  Norwegian (the brand name of Norwegian Air Shuttle AS) operates a network across Europe into North Africa and the Middle East, and is rapidly expanding its low cost operations. The new aircraft will feature a single class cabin layout, seating approximately 180 passengers. Norwegian’s engine decision will be announced at a later date. 

“The A320neo will enable us increasing capacity while decreasing our operating costs,” said Bjørn Kjos, Chief Executive Officer, Norwegian. “With this aircraft we will continue to boost our reputation for offering high quality, low fares service with the most modern and eco-efficient fleet of aircraft in Scandinavia”.

“We are very pleased to welcome Norwegian as an all-new Airbus customer. Their A320neo commitment is a further demonstration of the undisputable success of the A320neo’s record-setting credentials. The A320neo sets new industry standards for eco-efficiency and passenger appeal.” said John Leahy.  

Over 8,300 A320 Family aircraft have been ordered and some 5,000 delivered to more than 340 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. 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. The A320neo NOx emissions are 50% below CAEP/6, and this aircraft also has a considerably smaller noise footprint.  

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Airbus Updates No.601

Airbus A320 -214 1605   G-OOPT Thomson Airways last svc 22jan12 MAN-NBE-MAN prior return to lessor  ex C-GTDH


Airbus A320 -214 1860   N263AV USA 3000 ferried 20jan12 STL-RME prior return to lessor ex D-ALB
 Airbus A320 -214 4405   5A-LAH Libyan Airlines ferried 23jan12 TLS-TIP after repairs ex F-WWBX


Airbus A320 -232 5002   B-6857 Shenzhen Airlines delivery 23-24jan12 XFW-DXB-SZX  ex D-AVVW
 Airbus A321 -231 1953   TC-ATH AtlasJet all wh at IST 22jan12  ex F-ORMF


Airbus A330 -323 1281   9M-MTF Malaysia Airlines delivery 23jan12 TLS-KUL ex F-WWKO

Monday, 23 January 2012

Airbus Updates No.600

Airbus aims for new production record in 2012

Source:
Airbus is aiming for a new ­production record in 2012, intending to turn out 570 aircraft following a year in which its combined output with rival ­Boeing topped four figures for the first time.

It will crank up the A320 ­production line, reaching 42 per month by the end of the year, while monthly A330 rates will reach 9.5. Those for the A380 will head "towards" three, said ­Airbus chief Tom Enders.

Airbus handed over 57 aircraft in December, nudging its overall 2011 deliveries to 534 - exceeding the guidance given by parent company EADS at the beginning of the year, and taking combined deliveries with Boeing to 1,011.


jet airliner orders, deliveries and backlog

But with the initial rush for early A320neo slots subsiding, the airframer is not expecting a repeat of last year's frenzy for the type. In 2011 the company received 1,356 firm orders for the re-engined airframe before Airbus opted to relegate the status of a 130-jet deal from American Airlines, after its filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

While Airbus nevertheless basked in a 64% market share of net orders - a total of 1,419 against Boeing's 805 - chief operating officer for customers John Leahy admitted the airframer was unlikely to repeat the performance this year. "It may even go below 50% in 2012," he said, as Airbus estimated 2012's order ­intake at 600-650 aircraft.

Although EADS chief Louis Gallois claimed the A320neo "forced" Boeing to adopt its 737 Max strategy - and even suggested the US airframer's redesign effort "doesn't seem an easy task" - Leahy acknowledged the revised 737 would probably generate a surge of interest similar to that of the A320neo. He said this was particularly likely given the scarcity of near-term A320neo slots.
While there was no doubt that Airbus would easily retain the orde
r crown - beating Boeing for the eighth year in the past decade - the net revenue split between the two was much closer than the order figures indicated, with Airbus taking 54%. This highlighted the relatively poor performance by Airbus in the lucrative widebody sector last year - a year in which Boeing came back strongly with a knockout performance from its 777 family.

LUCKY NUMBER 777

The 777 demonstrated its ­continuing appeal by notching up more than 200 orders, doubtless underpinning Boeing's confidence in the potential of a modernised version.

The 787 managed to creep into positive figures for 2011 after the airframer logged orders for 45 in the last six weeks of the year, including 10 from Etihad Airways and 25 from Air France-KLM.

In contrast, Airbus's new A350 programme secured orders for only 10 aircraft in 2011, while cancellation of 41 left the type in negative net figures for the year.

The cancellations included six A350-1000s from Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways - the first carrier to cut its backlog for the type since the twinjet aircraft was redesigned last year.

Airbus had a backlog of 75 A350-1000s, but its December books revealed Etihad's backlog of 25 had been cut to 19.

While Etihad has not ­commented on the A350-1000 redesign, a source close to the carrier said it was not content with the changes made to the twinjet, echoing feelings expressed by Emirates and Qatar Airways.

Tom Enders indicated there might be "short-term" issues regarding discussions with existing customers for the A350-1000, but reiterated Airbus's confidence in the programme.

Another Middle Eastern A350 customer, VIP operator MAZ Aviation, also axed its 2008 order for six A350s, comprising five -900s and a single -800. The changes have reduced the A350 backlog to 555 aircraft, comprising 118 -800s, 368 -900s and 69 -1000s.

However, John Leahy said he was in discussions with three major airlines for the A350-1000, adding that the main problem was "getting them early delivery positions", following the decision last year to defer the -1000's entry into service until 2017.

Airbus chief operating officer Fabrice Bregier said progress on the first family member, the A350-900, was reaching "full speed". Final assembly of the static airframe will begin in March, he added, while that for the first flying example would start "probably in June".

Enders stressed the airframer remains cautious over A350 development, admitting that postponement of its entry to the final assembly line had been decided after the programme "ran into some serious problems" with key elements.

Without caution, and assurance of maturity, he said "you're setting yourself up for disaster", recalling the chaotic logjam during early A380 production. "We are very determined not to speed up when it isn't necessary," he added.

Airbus managed to deliver 26 A380s last year - an effort hampered by knock-on effects from Rolls-Royce engine modifications and production at sites affected by the Japanese tsunami. These resulted in the airframer "robbing" powerplants, said Gallois - and although the type took only 19 net orders, its sales still far exceeded those of the Boeing 747-8.
 

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Airbus Updates No.599

Incident: US Airways A320 near Ft. Lauderdale on Jan 13th 2012, electrical smell in cockpit

By Simon Hradecky, created Saturday, Jan 14th 2012 14:57Z, last updated Saturday, Jan 14th 2012 14:57Z
A US Airways Airbus A320-200, registration N107US performing flight US-1559 from Philadelphia,PA to Fort Lauderdale,FL (USA), was on approach to Fort Lauderdale when the crew reported smell of an electrical smoke in the cockpit. The crew continued for a safe landing on Fort Lauderdale's runway 27R and vacated the runway, emergency services found no trace of fire, heat or smoke.
Incident: Corsair A332 over Atlantic on Jan 11th 2012, hydraulic problem
By Simon Hradecky, created Sunday, Jan 15th 2012 19:23Z, last updated Sunday, Jan 15th 2012 19:26Z
A Corsair Airbus A330-200, registration F-HCAT performing flight SS-943 from Miami,FL (USA) to Paris Orly (France), was enroute at FL360 about half way between the Bahama and Bermuda Islands (approx 500nm northeast of Miami) when the crew decided to return due to hydraulic problems without requesting assistance. On the way back, while still enroute at FL360, the crew dumped fuel for about 20 minutes. While descending towards Miami the crew declared PAN advising they needed additional time to extend flaps. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on Miami's runway 27 about 3:10 hours after departure.

The aircraft reached Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport as flight SS-945 with a delay of 36 hours.
Incident: Thomas Cook A321 near Manchester on Jan 14th 2012, unruly passenger
By Simon Hradecky, created Monday, Jan 16th 2012 12:16Z, last updated Monday, Jan 16th 2012 12:16Z
A Thomas Cook Airbus A321-200, registration G-NIKO performing flight MT-2014 from Manchester,EN (UK) to Fuerteventura,CI (Spain) with 206 passengers, was climbing through about FL290 out of Manchester when the crew decided to return to Manchester due to an unruly passenger on board. The aircraft descended to FL100, entered a holding to burn off fuel, and landed safely on Manchester's runway 23R about 80 minutes after departure. A male passenger (50) was arrested by police.

Passengers reported a male of about 50 years had a more and more heated argument with another male believed to be his father. When cabin crew and other passengers attempted to intervene the 50 year old voiced threats and began to punch out. 5 cabin crew and passengers were needed to subdue the unruly while the flight crew returned to Manchester.

Police reported the unruly passenger has been released on bail and has to appear in court.

The airline confirmed the aircraft returned because of an untolerable aggressive and disruptive behaviour. The airline is going to support the police investigation.

Incident: Monarch A321 near Brest on Jan 16th 2012, hydraulic problems

By Simon Hradecky, created Monday, Jan 16th 2012 16:49Z, last updated Monday, Jan 16th 2012 16:49Z
A Monarch Airlines Airbus A321-200, registration G-OZBU performing flight ZB-428 from Birmingham,EN (UK) to Las Palmas,CI (Spain), was enroute at FL360 about 230nm eastsoutheast of Brest (France) when the crew decided to turn around and return to Birmingham due to a hydraulic problem. The aircraft landed safely on Birmingham's runway 15 about 2 hours later.

A replacement Airbus A321-200 registration G-OZBR reached Las Palmas with a delay of 6:10 hours.

Incident: Air Canada A320 at Calgary on Jan 6th 2012, unsafe gear after departure
By Simon Hradecky, created Monday, Jan 16th 2012 22:11Z, last updated Monday, Jan 16th 2012 22:11Z
An Air Canada Airbus A320-200, registration C-FFWN performing flight AC-110 from Calgary,AB to Toronto,ON (Canada) with 154 people on board, was climbing out of Calgary when the crew selected the gear up however observed the gear indication for the right hand main gear remaining red, a "L/G NOT UPLOCKED" ECAM message and noticed sounds confirming the gear doors were not closed. The crew selected the gear down and up again, however, the right main gear again did not uplock and the gear doors did not close. The crew returned to Calgary for a safe landing about 40 minutes after departure.

The Canadian TSB reported maintenance replaced the right main gear uplock assembly and performed a hard/overweight landing inspection.

Incident: Tiger A320 at Melbourne on Jan 17th 2012, unsafe gear after departure

By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Jan 17th 2012 21:31Z, last updated Tuesday, Jan 17th 2012 21:31Z
A Tiger Airways Airbus A320-200, registration VH-VNG performing flight TT-342 from Melbourne,VI to Brisbane,QL (Australia) with 100 passengers, was climbing out of Melbourne's runway 34 when the crew could not fully retract the landing gear, levelled off at 5000 feet and returned to Melbourne for a safe landing on runway 34 about 45 minutes after departure.

A replacement Airbus A320-200 registration VH-VNB reached Brisbane with a delay of 3:20 hours.


Incident: Germania A319 at Las Palmas on Jan 14th 2012, landed on wrong runway
By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Jan 17th 2012 19:22Z, last updated Tuesday, Jan 17th 2012 22:06Z
A Germania Airbus A319-100, registration D-ASTY performing flight ST-2874 from Cochstedt (Germany) to Las Palmas,CI (Spain), was cleared to land on Las Palmas' Gran Canaria Airport's runway 21R, however aligned with the extended center line of runway 21L during final approach, touched down on runway 21L, rolled out safely as there was no other traffic on the runway and taxied to the apron.

A listener on frequency told The Aviation Herald that the tower controller told the Germania crew an "ear full", the crew responded "sorry" multiple times.

A spokesman for Germania confirmed the incident and said the exact circumstances of the incident are under investigation. The airline takes the incident very serious.

Spain's AENA and CIAIAC chose to not respond.

Las Palmas offers an ILS (as well as a VOR and NDB) approach for runway 21R. Instrument approaches to runway 21L are offered via a VOR or NDB approach to runway 21R with a lateral offset only.

Incident: Brussels A333 near Dakar on Jan 18th 2012, engine trouble

By Simon Hradecky, created Wednesday, Jan 18th 2012 14:34Z, last updated Wednesday, Jan 18th 2012 14:34Z
A Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-300, registration OO-SFM performing flight SN-224 (dep Jan 17th) from Banjul (Gambia) to Brussels (Belgium) with 240 passengers, was climbing out of Banjul when the crew decided to divert to Dakar (Senegal) located about 90nm north of Banjul due to problems with an engine (CF6). The aircraft landed safely in Dakar.

The passengers were taken to hotels. A replacement aircraft has been dispatched to Dakar.
Incident: Rossiya A320 at St. Petersburg on Jan 20th 2012, unsafe gear after departure

By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, Jan 20th 2012 14:12Z, last updated Friday, Jan 20th 2012 14:12Z
A Rossiya Airbus A320-200, registration VQ-BDY performing flight FV-403 from St. Petersburg to Ekaterinburg (Russia), was climbing out of Pulkovo Airport's runway 10R when the crew received an indication the main gear was not fully retracted after the gear was selected up. The crew levelled off at 7000 feet and returned to Pulkovo's runway 10R for a safe landing about 20 minutes after departure.

A replacement Airbus A320-200 registration VQ-BBM reached Ekaterinburg with a delay of 2.5 hours.

Incident: Air France A388 over Atlantic on Jan 19th 2012, smoke in cabin

By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, Jan 19th 2012 23:41Z, last updated Friday, Jan 20th 2012 17:07Z
An Air France Airbus A380-800, registration F-HPJC performing flight AF-346 from Paris Charles de Gaulle (France) to Montreal,QC (Canada) with 448 people on board, was enroute at FL380 over the Atlantic Ocean about 75 minutes into the Atlantic crossing, about 600nm west of Ireland, when the crew declared PAN due to smoke in the cabin, turned around, descended to FL370 and while initially heading towards Ireland decided to return to Paris Charles de Gaulle where the aircraft landed safely on Charles de Gaulle Airport's runway 26R about 2.5 hours after turning around.

The flight was postponed to depart the following day noon as flight AF-4094 with a delay of 20 hours.

The airline reported a video screen overheated but denied smoke in the cabin contradicting the crew report on HF radio relayed by other aircraft to Shannon Center.

The airline's press office had similiarly and falsely denied a Mayday call of their crew over the Atlantic, see Incident: Air France A332 over Atlantic on Nov 30th 2009, Mayday call due to severe turbulence.

A passenger reported there was smoke coming from an inflight entertainment seat in the economy class, which dissipated after the inflight entertainment system was shut down.












Airbus Updates No.598

Airworthiness Directive regarding Airbus A380 wing cracks

 


Europe's Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have released an Airworthiness Directive concerning cracks that were discovered on the Airbus A380's wing ribs during the repairs of a Qantas A380 involved in the uncontained engine failure near Singapore, see Accident: Qantas A388 near Singapore on Nov 4th 2010, uncontained engine failure and subsequent inspections by other operators throughout the A380 fleet.

EASA mandates as interim action, further mandatory rulemaking to be expected, that all Airbus A380 aircraft with serial numbers 01, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 12, 13, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 23, 33, 34 and 45 with 1800 flight cycles or more since first flight to be inspected within four days, aircraft with 1300 flight cycles or more and less than 1800 flight cycles within six weeks.

The inspections have to check both left and right hand wings of the aircraft according to instructions AOT A380-57A8058 already released by Airbus. If any cracks are detected by these inspections, Airbus has to be contacted for approved instructions on how to proceed with the aircraft and those instructions have to be applied within compliance time.

The Airworthiness Directive - that carries all hallmarks of an Emergency Airworthiness Directive (EAD), however was not released as EAD - was released before public consultation.

EASA argues that during the inspections following the first discovery of cracks during the repair of the Qantas aircraft a new type of cracks was discovered that is more significant than the original type of rib foot hole cracking and can develop into type 2 cracks from that web cracking and thus could potentially affect structural integrity of the aircraft if not corrected.

Airbus Updates No.597

Cathay Pacific Orders Six Airbus A350s

Hong Kong's dominant carrier Cathay Pacific Airways said on Friday that it has signed a deal to buy six Airbus A350-900 aircraft with a total list price of USD$1.628 billion for delivery between 2016 and 2017.

The company said in a stock exchange filing that it would pay for the aircraft in cash in eight instalments, to be funded by loans, other debt instruments and internal cash.

The Airbus aircraft would replenish and expand the company's fleet capacity and will principally serve long-haul destinations in Europe, the statement said.

Airbus Updates No.596

New planes for Air Zimbabwe

Air Zimbabwe yesterday reportedly took delivery of one of the four Airbus planes that are expected to shore up its operations and assist in reviving its sagging fortunes.
 
It is understood the aircraft will be unveiled soon.
Although Secretary for Transport Partson Mbiriri, who asked for written questions had not responded by the time of going to print, a senior ministry official confirmed the national airline had received an Airbus A320.

The official said: “The airline has taken delivery of an Airbus A320. Another one should arrive anytime soon together with two Airbus A340s planes. I can confirm that one of the planes has arrived and has been placed under the hangar.”

Air Zimbabwe board chairperson Jonathan Kadzura yesterday refused to confirm the arrival of one of the Airbuses referring questions to acting chief executive officer Innocent Mavhunga, who was also reticent over the issue.

Kadzura said: “I cannot comment, try to call the ministry.”

Mavhunga responded: “That (arrival of Airbus A320) you can check with the ministry.”

While the Airbus was waiting unveiling, controversy surrounds the source of funds used to purchase the new planes given the airline’s precarious financial position.

Typically seating 150 passengers in a two-class cabin — or up to 180 in a high-density layout for low-cost and charter flights — the A320 is in widespread service around the globe on services that vary from short commuter sectors in Europe, Asia and elsewhere to trans-continental flights across the United States.

The A320’s advanced technology includes the extensive use of weight-saving composites, an optimised wing that is 20% more efficient than previous designs, a centralised fault display for easier troubleshooting and lower maintenance costs, along with the Airbus’ fly-by-wire flight controls.

Advantages of the fly-by-wire controls — which were pioneered on the A320 — are many.

They provide total flight envelope and airframe structural protection for improved safety and reduced pilot workload, along with improved flight smoothness and stability, and fewer mechanical parts.

Airbus Updates No.595

New Airbus aircraft list prices for 2012

 
Price adjustment for best-selling, fuel-efficient aircraft

18 January 2012 Press Release
 
Airbus has increased the average list prices of its aircraft by 3.9 per cent, except for the A320neo Family price which rises by an average of 6.1 per cent. The new pricing is effective from January 1st 2012.

“Our new pricing reflects the strong demand for our modern, eco-efficient aircraft families,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers.“With competition amongst carriers heating up, any tool that helps cut their costs will pay handsome dividends. The A320neo offers a 15% fuel cost savings, making it the blue chip single aisle aircraft investment by anyone’s standards.”
Airbus is the leading aircraft manufacturer with the most modern a
nd comprehensive family of airliners on the market, ranging in capacity from 100 to more than 500 seats. Airbus has sold close to 11,500 aircraft and delivered over 7,000 since its first airliner entered service.

Airbus Updates No.594

Airbus delivers A320 MSN5000 to Middle East Airlines

 
Major production achievement for Airbus’ modern, single-aisle aircraft family

20 January 2012 Press Release
 
Airbus delivered the A320 with manufacturer serial number (MSN) 5000 to Lebanon’s national carrier, Middle East Airlines (MEA). The aircraft was delivered from Airbus in Hamburg, Germany and is powered by International Aero Engines V2500 engines.

MSN5000 completes the deliveries of MEA’s total order for seven A320s. It marks a significant milestone for Airbus and the A320 Family going into 2012, as production rises from 38 to 40 per month during the first quarter of the year, and orders for the new A320neo reaffirm Airbus’ single-aisle Family as the most modern, fuel efficient in their category. MEA operates one of the most modern fleets in the region with four A330-200s, six A321 and including MSN5000, now seven A320 aircraft.

“We are honoured to become the operator of this brand new A320 with its distinctive serial number 5000 during the 25th anniversary year of the first flight of the A320 said MEA Chairman- Director General, Mohamad El Hout. “Since we first acquired an A320 Family aircraft in 2003, we have not only benefited from the outstanding operational efficiency of the aircraft but were also the first airline in the Middle East to introduce our wide-body cabin product on a single-aisle aircraft, thus offering our customers state of the art on-board entertainment with Audio/Video On Demand as well as a superbly comfortable and spacious cabin experience that has greatly contributed to MEA’s success.”

“Handing MSN5000 over to MEA is a real pleasure for Airbus. The Lebanese flag carrier has shown great courage maintaining its operations in the face of difficulty,” said Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO. “It’s only natural that we pay tribute to MEA’s outstanding determination and recognise their unfailing loyalty with this landmark delivery. We look forward to seeing MEA continue to thrive and grow their network with our modern, fuel efficient Airbus family.”

Close to 8,300 A320 Family aircraft have already been ordered and more than 4,900 delivered to more than 350 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 with the current A320, 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.

Airbus Updates No.593

Airbus A319 -112 1750   N750MX WFBN ferried 20jan12 TLC-TUS-VCV after storage ex D-AVYB


Airbus A320 -211 293   SX-BHV Hermes Airlines re-regd on crew-training 20jan12 ORY-XCR-CDG, Air Méditerranée cs ex F-GYAI


Airbus A320 -214 4985   B-6846 Air China delivery 21jan12 TLS-OVB-PEK  ex F-WWIL
 Airbus A320 -232 5000   OD-MRL MEA Middle East Airlines delivery 20jan12 XFW-BEY, “msn 5000th A320 sticker”  ex D-AVVV


Airbus A330 -243 1277   B-LNJ Hong Kong Airlines delivery 20jan12 TLS-HKG ex F-WWYJ

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Airbus Updates No.592

ETIHAD SLIMS DOWN A350 ORDER

Etihad Airways has cancelled six Airbus A350-1000s, the first carrier to have cut its backlog for the type since the aircraft was redesigned last year.

Airbus had a backlog of 75 A350-1000s but its latest order and delivery figures show Etihad's backlog of 25 has been cut to 19.

While Etihad has not commented on the A350-1000 redesign, a source close to the carrier said it was not content with the changes made to the twinjet, echoing the feelings expressed by Emirates and Qatar Airways.

Airbus chief Tom Enders indicated there might be "short-term" issues regarding discussions with existing customers for the A350-1000.

The A350 programme secured orders for only 10 aircraft in 2011, while cancellation of 41 left the type in negative net figures for the year.

Cancellation of a single A350-800 also helped to reduce the A350 order backlog to 555 aircraft, comprising 118 -800s, 368 -900s and 19 -1000s.

Enders reiterated the airframer's caution over A350 development, admitting that postponement of its entry to the final assembly line had been decided after the programme "ran into some serious problems" with key elements.

He said the A350's final assembly would begin in March 2012. Without caution, and assurance of maturity, he said, "you're setting yourself up for disaster".

Chief operating officer for customers John Leahy said he was in discussions with three major airlines for the A350-1000, and added that the main problem was "getting them early delivery positions".

Airbus Updates No.591

Airbus A319 -112 1706   N706MX WFBN ferried 18jan12 TLC-TUS-VCV after storage ex D-AVYQ


 Airbus A319 -112 3853   TS- Syphax Airlines parked at PRG, for paint at MPL feb12 prior delivery ex D-AHIN
 Airbus A319 -112 3872   TS- Syphax Airlines parked at PAD, for paint at MPL feb12 prior delivery ex D-AHIO
 Airbus A319 -115ACJ 4470   9H-ALX Comlux Malta re-delivery 13/18jan12 TLS-ZRH-MLA after cabin configuration  ex D-AVYG
 Airbus A319 -132 4998   D-AGWS germanwings delivery 20jan12 XFW-CGN ex D-AVYG
 Airbus A320 -214 630   Z- Air Zimbabwe delivery 16jan12 MPL-NDJ-HRE, F-reg  ex F-WTBL
 Airbus A320 -233 1730   TC-IZL Izmir Airlines to be ferried 20jan12 IST-SEN on return to lessor ex N486TA


Airbus A320 -232 4968   A7-AHR Qatar Airways delivery 19jan12 TLS-DOH ex F-WWDV
 Airbus A320 -214 4970   B-LPB Hong Kong Airlines delivery 18-19jan12 TLS-DXB-HKG  ex F-WWID


Airbus A320 -214 4978   B-6863 Spring Airlines delivery 19-20jan12 TLS-SVX-SHA ex F-WWIE


Airbus A320 -214 4983   B-6862 Spring Airlines delivery 19-20jan12 TLS-SVX-SHA ex F-WWIH


Airbus A321 -231 4994   D-AIDO Lufthansa delivery 19jan12 XFW-FRA ex D-AZAJ


 Airbus A330 -302 1278   B-18357 China Airlines delivery 19jan12 TLS-TPE ex F-WWYK
 Airbus A330 -243 1282   B-6540 Air China delivery 18jan12 TLS-PEK ex F-WWKS