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Thursday, 31 May 2012

Airbus Updates No.712

Airbus A300  B4-203(F)  211     N821SC  Sky Lease Aero  ferried 29may12 MIA-SFB for interim storage, Transcarga cs   ex N862PA
Airbus A319  -112  794     D-AKNH  Lufthansa  ferried 30may12 BUD-MUC after storage on return to service (+1172 D-AKNJ)  ex D-AVYD
 Airbus A319  -112  946     HC-CMO  TAME  delivery 29-30may12 MPL-SID-REC-UIO  ex F-WTBM
 Airbus A319  -112  1016     D-AKNI  Lufthansa  ferried 29may12 SXF-FRA after storage on return to service   ex D-AVYK
 Airbus A319  -131  2188     G-DBCB  British Airways  in svc since 28may12 in golden “Dove” cs  ex D-AVYA
 Airbus A319  -111  2442     VP-BDY  RusLine  delivery 29may12 OSR-VOG  ex G-EZID
 Airbus A320  -212  419     LY-VEY  Avion Express  positioned 31may12 KEF-CDG prior Wow Air ops   ex N419AG
 Airbus A320  -232  661     TC-OBU  Onur Air  in full cs at DUB 28may12, EI-reg prior delivery  ex EI-EEI
 Airbus A320  -211  726     CS-TQS  White  ferried 27may12 LIS-KTW on wet-lease to Sprintair   ex YL-BCB
 Airbus A320  -214  1860     N263AV  Frontier  delivery 29may12 RME-GYR   ex D-AXLB
 Airbus A320  -232  2210     EI-EUA  Livingston  delivery 30may12 SNN-MXP  ex EC_IYG
 Airbus A320  -232  2747     TC-ATK  AtlasJet  delivery 29may12 BUD-IST  ex OE-IBD
 Airbus A320  -214  2810     EI-DET  Aer Lingus  ferried 20/27ay12 DUB-EMA-DUB, paint into all wh prior return to lessor   ex F-WWIP
 Airbus A320  -214  4487     N448AV  Avianca  at BOG 28may12 in Star Alliance cs prior entering svc  ex HC-CJW
 Airbus A320  -214  4967     B-6880  China Eastern  delivery 25may12 ex TSN  ex B-507L
Airbus A321  -231  1366     SU-TCD  Almasria Universal Airlines   delivery 29may12 PGF-CAI  ex EI-EUD
Airbus A321  -231  5160     B-6906  Sichuan Airlines  delivery 29may12 XFW-OVB  ex D-AVZF
 Airbus A340  -212  18     ZS-SLC  South African Airlines  ferried 27may12 JNB-LDE on return to lessor  ex D-AIBD
 Airbus A380  -861  67     F-HPJG  Air France  delivery 31may12 XFW-CDG  ex F-WWSQ
 Airbus A380  -841  78     9M-MNA  Malaysia Airlines  delivery 29may12 TLS-KUL  ex F-WWSU

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Airbus Updates No.711

Airbus A300  B4-203F  292     4L-ABS  Georgian Star Int´l   delivery 24may12 IST-SHJ, GCS Cargo cs  ex TC-MNB
 Airbus A300  -622R(F)  529     TF-ELF  Air Atlanta Icelandic  ferried 25may12 LGG-LDE, all white, for storage  ex B-18751
 Airbus A300  -622R  602     D-AEAC  EAT Leipzig  ferried 25may12 LDE-LUX-DRS, N-reg for conversion   ex N4602
 Airbus A300  -622R  617     D-AEAD  EAT Leipzig  ferried 26may12 LDE-DRS, N-reg for conversion  ex N2617
 Airbus A319  -111  2129     CC-AFY  Sky Airline  delivery 22-24may12 MAN-YYR-OPF-IQQ-SCL after paint  ex G-EZEC
 Airbus A319  -112  3704     EC-LRS  Vueling  delivery 26may12 DUS-BCN  ex D-ABGR
 Airbus A320  -211  310     YL-LCC  smartLynx Airlines   ferried 24may12 WAW-BRQ on summer-lease to Travel Service   ex C-FKPS
 Airbus A320  -232  2576     EI-EWE  RBS Aviation Capital  Kingfisher cs, ferried 22-23may12 SZB-MLE-AUH-OSR   ex VT-KFG
 Airbus A320  -214  2668     SP-IAG  Yes Airways  delivery 23may12 OSR-WAW after paint into OLT Express cs  ex OE-LEO
 Airbus A320  -214  3933     EC-LRT  Orbest  ferried 25may12 PMI-CHR for paint  ex VT-WAO
 Airbus A320  -232  5127     A7-AHU  Qatar Airways  delivery 25may12 TLS-DOH  ex F-WWDT
 Airbus A320  -232  5128     JY-AYU  Royal Jordanian  delivery 24may12 XFW-AMM  ex D-AVYE
 Airbus A320  -232  5132    N614NK  Spirit Airlines  delivery 24may12 TLS-YYR-FLL  ex f-WWDS
 Airbus A320  -232  5139     HA-LWP  Wizz Air  delivery 23may12 TLS-BUD  x F-WWIH
 Airbus A320  -232  5145     JA02JJ  Jetstar Japan  delivery 25may12 TLS-CAI-MCT  ex F-WWIL
 Airbus A320  -216  5149     9M-AQM  Air Asia  delivery 25may12 TLS-SHJ  ex F-WWBU
 Airbus A320  -232  5155     VT-IEW  IndiGo  delivery 25may12 XFW-DEL  ex D-AXAB
 Airbus A320  -214  5162     F-OMRA  MEA Middle East Airlines  delivery 26may12 XFW-BEY  ex D-AXAD
 Airbus A321  -231  806     TC-OBV  Onur Air  1st in svc 25may12 IST-GZT-IST  ex TC-JMC
 Airbus A321  -231  810     TC-OBY  Onur Air  for delivery late may12  ex TC-JMD
 Airbus A321  -231  5169     HL8256  Asiana  delivery 25-26may12 XFW-ESB-KHI-SEL   ex D-AVZH
 Airbus A330  -223  262     CS-TQW  HiFly  for delivery jun12  ex VN-A370
 Airbus A330  -243  1053     VP-CAC  Constellation Aviation Services   ferried 25may12 CHR-DAL after paint for VIP cabin configuration  ex F-WWKR

Monday, 21 May 2012

Airbus Updates No.710


Airbus A319 -115ACJ 4024 RA-73025 Rossiya delivery 21may12 MST-VKO after paint ex F-WHUF
Airbus A320 -232 1349 EC-LRM Vueling delivery 18may12 DUB-BCN ex EI-EUC
 Airbus A320 -231 393 EI-EEX AWAS ferried 19-20may12 YMX-KEF-IEV on delivery to ? ex SX-SMT
 Airbus A320 -214 3933 VT-WAO Go Air ferried 20-21may12 DEL-ESB-PMI after winter-lease ex EC-LAQ
Airbus A320 -232 5139 HA-LWP Wizz Air delivery 19may12 TLS-BUD x F-WWIH
Airbus A330 -202MRTT 996 2402 Royal Saudi Air Force ferred 21may12 ORY-LEGT after paint, regd MRT0011 prior delivery ex EC-331

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Airbus Updates No.709

Airbus A319-100 [G-EUPC]

Airbus Updates No.708

Airbus A330-200 [SU-GCI]

Airbus Updates No.707

Airbus A319  -112  949     D-AHHE  Hamburg Airways  for delivery late may12 ex WOE  ex F-WTBA
 Airbus A319  -131  1118     G-EUPC  British Airways  in svc 16may12 LHR-ATH in special Olympic flame cs   ex D-AVYU
 Airbus A319  -111  2129    CC-AFY  Sky Airline  G-reg canx 15may12, delivery 17may12 SEN-MAN, all white for paint   ex G-EZEC
Airbus A320  -214  5134     VQ-BRG  S7 Airlines  delivery 15may12 TLS-OVB  ex F-WWDA
 Airbus A320  -216  5137     PK-AXW  Indonesia Air Asia  delivery 17-18may12 TLS-DXB-BKK-CGK   ex F-WWDV
 Airbus A320  -232  5142     N804JB  JetBlue  delivery 17may12 TLS-YYR-MCO  ex F-WWBE
Airbus A330  -243  696     SU-GCI  Air Nigeria  1st in svc 16/17may12 LOS-LGW-LOS in full cs, leased from Egyptair   ex F-WWYR
 Airbus A330  -223  828     D-ALPI  Air Berlin  “new BER airport” decals applied at DUS 16may12   ex F-WWKI
Airbus A330  -243  1310     N388HA  Hawaiian Airlines  delivery 17may12 TLS-AUS   ex F-WWKN
 Airbus A340  -311  20     D-AIGA  Lufthansa  last svc 12may12 RUH-FRA, all wh/grey 16may12 prior storage at HAM   ex F-WWJK
 Airbus A340  -313  319     F-GLZT  Air France  ferried 06may12 CDG-ORY, for Air Madagascar jun12   
 Airbus A380  -841  72     D-AIMI  Lufthansa  delivery 16may12 XFW-FRA  ex F-WWSR

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Airbus Updates No.706

Airbus A319  -115  5119     N519AV  Avianca  at BOG 14may12 in full Star Alliance cs after delivery in all white  ex D-AVYR
 Airbus A320  -214  716     D-AHHD  Hamburg Airways  delivery 14may12 MAN-HAM, all white  ex G-OMYA
Airbus A320  -233  2118     SP-ABK  Bingo Airways  delivery 13may12 SEN-WAW  ex TC-IZA
Airbus A320  -214  2758     OK-LEF  Holidays Czech Airlines  ferried 15may12 NWI-PRG after paint prior transfer  ex F-WWDP
Airbus A320  -214  5117     B-6903  Tianjin Airlines  delivery 14may12 TLS-SVX  ex F-WWBH
Airbus A320  -214  5138     G-EZUX  easyJet  delivery 15may12 XFW-LGW  ex D-AVVH
Airbus A321  -231  5154     TC-JSA  Turkish Airlines  delivery 15may12 XFW-IST  ex D-AVZE
 Airbus A330  -223  911     D-ALPJ  Air Berlin  “new BER airport” decals removed at DUS 14may12   ex F-WWYA
 Airbus A330  -202  1308     EI-EJM  Alitalia  delivery 14may12 TLS-FCO "Giovanni Battista Tiepolo"   ex F-WWKH

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Airbus Updates No.705

Airbus A319  -112  1805     VP-BBT  Donavia  delivery 09-10may12 YYZ-KEF-MAN, basic Mexicana cs, for paint  ex C-GKNW
 Airbus A319  -111  2460     SP-IBC  Yes Airways  delivery 11may12 ex SEN, to be painted in OLT Express cs   ex G-EZIG
 Airbus A319  -112  3704     EC-  Vueling  ferried 11may12 DUS-DUB, D-reg for paint prior lease   ex D-ABGR
Airbus A320  -214  1937     I-EEZE  MeridianaFly  ferried 12may12 TLS-MPL after storage  ex F-WWIO
 Airbus A320  -232  1993     EI-ELN  Yamal  ferried 10may12 WOE-SEN after paint prior delivery  ex G-TTOH
Airbus A320  -214  4938     B-6878  China Eastern  delivery/in svc 09/11may12 TSN-SHA-SZX   ex B-505L
Airbus A320  -232  5144     B-6877  China Eastern  delivery 11may12 XFW-OVB  ex D-AVVL
Airbus A320  -214  5150     G-EZUU  easyJet  delivery 12may12 XFW-LGW  ex D-AXAA
Airbus A330  -223  1309     B-6547  China Southern  delivery 11may12 TLS-CAN  ex F-WWKI

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Airbus Updates No.704

Airbus A320  -232  1993     EI-ELN  Yamal  ferried 10may12 WOE-SEN after paint prior delivery  ex G-TTOH
Airbus A320  -214  2668     OE-LEO  flyNiki  ferried 09may12 VIE-OSR for paint, for Yes Airways (OLT Express) as SP-IAG?   ex F-WWBP
Airbus A320  -214  5136     B-6893  China Eastern  delivery 09may12 XFW-OVB  ex D-AVVG
 Airbus A320  -214  5140     RP-C8618  Philippine Airlines  delivery 10may12 XFW-SHJ  ex DAVVI
 Airbus A320  -214  5143     A6-ANJ  Air Arabia  delivery 10may12 XFW-SHJ  ex D-AVVJ
Airbus A320  -214  5150     G-EZUU  easyJet  delivery 10may12 XFW-BRS  ex D-AXAA
 Airbus A330  -223  358     TC-ETK  AtlasJet  ferried 08may12 AUH-IST after interim storage  ex I-EEZA
 Airbus A330  -343  1311     TC-JNR  Turkish Airlines  delivery 09may12 TLS-IST  ex F-WWKY

Airbus Updates No.703

Airbus A310-300 [J-757]

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Airbus Updates No.702

Airbus A320  -212  325     E7-SKB  SkyBosnia  delivery 07may12 FRU-TZL, EX-reg  ex EX-32003
Airbus A320  -214  2719     OK-LEE  CSA Czech Airlines  ferried 27apr/06may12 PRG-BOH-BOH, paint into basic Holidays Czech Airlines cs prior transfer   ex F-WWDC
 Airbus A320  -214  2758     OK-LEF  CSA Czech Airlines  feried 07may12 PRG-NWI for paint into Holiday Czech Airlines cs  ex F-WWDP
Airbus A320  -214  5115     SP-IAI  Yes Airways  ferried 07may12 OSR-WAW after paint into OLT Express cs  ex OE-LEJ
 Airbus A320  -232  5135     B-6876  China Eastern  delivery 08may12 XFW-OVB  ex D-AVVF
 Airbus A320  -214  5146     G-EZUY  easyJet  delivery 08may12 XFW-LGW  ex D-AVVO
 Airbus A330  -202MRTT  996     2402  Royal Saudi Air Force  ferried 05may12 TLS-ORY for paint, regd MRTT011   ex EC-331

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Airbus Updates No.701

Incident: Sichuan A319 near Chongqing on Apr 27th 2012, bird strike
By Simon Hradecky, created Sunday, Apr 29th 2012 13:39Z, last updated Sunday, Apr 29th 2012 13:39Z
A Sichuan Airlines Airbus A319-100, flight 3U-8515 from Chongqing to Beijing (China), was climbing through about 6900 feet out of Chongqing when a bird impacted the right hand windshield causing the outer pane to crack. The crew stopped the climb and decided return to Chongqing. The aircraft entered a holding to burn off fuel and landed safely about one hour after departure.

A replacement aircraft reached Beijing with a delay of 3 hours

Incident: Air India A321 at Kozhikode on Apr 30th 2012, bird strike
By Simon Hradecky, created Monday, Apr 30th 2012 14:41Z, last updated Monday, Apr 30th 2012 14:41Z
An Air India Airbus A321-200, registration VT-PPV performing flight AI-937 from Kozhikode (India) to Dubai (United Arab Emirates) with 148 passengers and 6 crew, was climbing out of Kozhikode when the right hand engine (CFM56) ingested a bird prompting the crew to return to Kozhikode, where the aircraft landed safely.

A post flight inspection revealed several bent fan blades on the right hand engine.

A replacement Airbus A321-200 registration VT-PPM reached Dubai with a delay of 4 hours.

Incident: Singapore A388 over Andaman Islands on Apr 26th 2012, navigation system problems
By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, Apr 26th 2012 15:16Z, last updated Monday, Apr 30th 2012 14:56Z
A Singapore Airlines Airbus A380-800, registration 9V-SKQ performing flight SQ-318 from Singapore (Singapore) to London Heathrow,EN (UK), was enroute near the Andaman Islands about three hours into the flight when the crew decided to return to Singapore due to problems with the navigation systems and autopilot. The crew dumped fuel on their way back to Singapore. The aircraft landed safely back in Singapore about 6 hours after departure.

The flight is now estimated to depart Singapore with a delay of 11 hours.

Passengers reported the crew wasn't very clear in their announcements, they understood technical problems with the navigation systems that also knocked the autopilot off.

Passenger Lisa told The Aviation Herald, that she was listening to music and waiting for her meal to be served, when a loud bang was heard sounding like "like a thunder clap or a car backfiring" followed by immediate violent shaking of the aircraft spilling the drinks everywhere and banging the service carts into the seats. The shaking stopped after about 3-4 seconds and did not re-occur. Lisa, seated in the back of the cabin, had the impression the bang came from very close and her right hand side. There were no comments from any passenger regarding observations on the engines or the like. Some time later passengers at the window seats observed fuel dump had started. About 45 minutes after the bang the crew announced that some turbulence had knocked off their autopilot and they were returning to Singapore. The aircraft descended to about FL200 (editorial note: radar data showed the aircraft coming into radar range of Malaysia's Penang Airport, about 350nm northwest of Singapore, at FL210), the gear was lowered in order to burn off fuel on the way back to Singapore.

Incident: US Airways A319 near Tucson on Apr 30th 2012, smell of smoke in cockpit
By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, May 1st 2012 13:43Z, last updated Tuesday, May 1st 2012 13:43Z
A US Airways Airbus A319-100, flight US-338 from Phoenix,AZ (USA) to San Jose Cabo (Mexico) with 54 people on board, was enroute at FL320 about 60nm south of Tucson,AZ when the crew donned their oxygen masks, reported smell of smoke in the cockpit, turned around and diverted to Tucson for a safe landing on runway 11L about 20 minutes later.

The remainder of the flight was cancelled.
Accident: Onur A306 at Jeddah on May 1st 2012, landed without nose gear
By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, May 1st 2012 18:39Z, last updated Wednesday, May 2nd 2012 18:02Z
An Onur Air Airbus A300-600 on behalf of Saudi Arabian Airlines, registration TC-OAG performing positioning flight SV-2865 from Madinah to Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) with 10 crew, aborted the approach to Jeddah's runway 16L after the nose gear indicated unsafe. The aircraft subsequently needed to land on runway 16L without nose gear at about 12:55L (09:55Z), came to a stop short of the runway end and was evacuated via slides. No injuries occurred.


Post accident video (Video: svastaff.com):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKqml8s9KV4

Incident: Air France A343 near Cork on May 2nd 2012, air data problems
By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, May 3rd 2012 19:38Z, last updated Thursday, May 3rd 2012 19:38Z
An Air France Airbus A340-300, registration F-GLZJ performing flight AF-378 from Paris Charles de Gaulle (France) to Detroit,MI (USA), was enroute at FL340 about 70nm south of Cork (Ireland) when the transponder altitude began to show deviations just above limits for instrument flight, the crew subsequently reported air data problems and decided to dump fuel and return to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport where the aircraft landed safely on runway 27L about 2 hours later.

Maintenance replaced the captain's angle of attack sensor and released the aircraft to depart again with a replacement crew.

The aircraft reached Detroit with a delay of 5 hours.
Incident: Airblue A319 near Karachi on May 4th 2012, cabin did not pressurize
By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, May 4th 2012 12:54Z, last updated Friday, May 4th 2012 12:54Z
An Airblue Airbus A319-100, registration AP-BIF performing flight ED-602 from Karachi to Peshawar (Pakistan), was climbing out of Karachi when the crew decided to return to Karachi due to the cabin not properly pressurizing. The aircraft landed safely back on Karachi's runway 25L about 20 minutes after departure.

The aircraft was able to depart again after two hours on the ground and reached Peshawar with a delay of 2.5 hours.

Accident: Aerolineas Argentinas A343 near Quito on Apr 30th 2012, turbulence injures 9
By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, May 1st 2012 14:22Z, last updated Friday, May 4th 2012 13:23Z
An Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus A340-300, registration LV-CSD performing flight AR-1387 from Cancun (Mexico) to Buenos Aires Ezeiza,BA (Argentina) with 213 passengers, was enroute at FL370 east of Quito (Ecuador) around 16:30Z when the aircraft encountered turbulence resulting in several oxygen masks dropping and causing minor injuries to a number of passengers. The crew continued the flight to Buenos Aires where the aircraft landed safely on runway 11 about 5.5 hours later. 9 passengers were taken to hospitals with bruises and quickly released.

A passenger reported the aircraft was hit by two turbulence encounters causing the injuries. A doctor on board provided first aid.

Another passenger reported the aircraft experienced two large jolts causing passengers, who had not fastened their seat belts, to lift off and contact the cabin ceiling. The fasten seat belt signs were turned off at that time. The crew later announced they had encountered clear air turbulence not depicted by the weather radar.
Incident: US Airways A332 at London on May 4th 2012, could not retract gear
By Simon Hradecky, created Saturday, May 5th 2012 16:12Z, last updated Saturday, May 5th 2012 16:12Z
A US Airways Airbus A330-200, registration N284AY performing flight US-729 from London Heathrow,EN (UK) to Philadelphia,PA (USA), was climbing out of Heathrow's runway 09R when the crew could not retract the landing gear, levelled off at 6000 feet initially and entered a holding to burn off fuel at FL080. The aircraft landed safely back on runway 09L about 2 hours after departure.

The flight was subsequently cancelled.
Incident: Monarch A321 near Manchester on May 4th 2012, engine problem
By Simon Hradecky, created Saturday, May 5th 2012 17:36Z, last updated Saturday, May 5th 2012 17:36Z
A Monarch Airlines Airbus A321-200, registration G-OZBM performing flight ZB-581 from Faro (Portugal) to Manchester,EN (UK), was enroute at FL330 close to the top of descent into Manchester when the crew declared emergency reporting problems with the right hand engine (V2533). The aircraft landed safely on Manchester's runway 05R and vacated the runway stopping on the adjacent taxiway to have emergency services inspect the right hand engine.

The aircraft is still on the ground 24 hours later.




Airbus Updates No.700

Airbus A300  B4-103F  184     EI-OZB  Air Contractors  DHL cs, ferried 02may12 LEJ-EGBP for part-out & scrap   ex OO-DIH
 Airbus A319  -112  654     D-AKNG  Lufthansa  ferried 04may12 SOF-HAM after storage  ex D-AVYX
 Airbus A319  -132  2277     F-ORAH  Belle Air  in full cs at SNN 04may12, M-reg after paint prior delivery   ex M-ABEK
Airbus A319  -111  2460     SP-IBC  Yes Airways  for delivery early may12 ex SEN, to be painted in OLT Express cs   ex G-EZIG
Airbus A319  -115  5119     N519AV  Avianca  for delivery 05-06may12 XFW-TFS-FOR-BOG, all white   ex D-AVYR
Airbus A320  -211  1973     F-WTAX  Macquarie AirFinance  seen parked all white at MPL 02may12  x 3X-GGB
Airbus A340  -313  955     M-IABU  GlobalJet Luxembourg  delivery 03-04may12 BSL-CPH-STN-LBG after VIP cabin config   ex M-ABUS

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Airbus Updates No.699

Airbus A319  -111  2446     VP-BDZ  RusLine  ferried 02may12 SEN-OSR for paint prior delivery   ex G-Ezie
 Airbus A319  -133  5105     B-6420  West Air  delivery 02may12 XFW-OVB  ex d-AVYS
 Airbus A320  -231  169     XA-PAL  InterJet  N-reg canx 23apr12, delivery 01may12 VCV-TLC for use as ground trainer   ex N196AG
 Airbus A320  -231  415     LY-COS  Avion Express  posn 27apr12 DUB-MAD, all wh, ops for Cosmo Airlines, in svc 28apr12 MAD-BRU-MAD  ex EI-ETM
 Airbus A320  -214  590     N593SC  GECAS  ferried 28apr12 RIX-SNN, basic Vietnam Airlines cs   ex VN-A301
 Airbus A320  -214  724     YL-LCI  smartLynx Airlines  posn 30apr12 ARN-NCL for summer-ops, all white, Thomas Cook tail logo  ex F-WTAO
 Airbus A320  -214  1564     HK-4811  VivaColombia  delivery 30apr12 SJO-MDE  ex N260AV
Airbus A320  -233  1730     TC-ATJ  AtlasJet  delivery 27apr12 SEN-IST  ex TC-IZL
 Airbus A320  -232  1914     EC-LRE  Vueling  delivery 28apr12 PGF-BCN   ex EI-EUH
 Airbus A320  -232  1993     EI-ELN  (Avia Nova)  ferried 02may12 SEN-WOE for paint into?  ex G-TTOH
 Airbus A320  -232  2210     EI-EUA  Livingston  in full cs at SNN 02may12 after paint prior delivery   ex EC-IYG
Airbus A321  -231  954     EI-ETL  Kolavia MetroJet  regd 30apr12 prior delivery ex IST  ex TC-OAK
 Airbus A321  -211  1607     D-AIAA  Condor Berlin  re-regd & delivery 30apr12 DUS-SXF  ex D-ALSD
 Airbus A321  -211  5133     D-ABCK  Air Berlin  delivery 02may12 XFW-TXL  ex D-AVZD
 Airbus A330  -243  309     OY-VKF  Thomas Cook Scandinavia   ferried 28apr12 OSL-MAN on lease to Thomas Cook Airlines   ex G-CSJS
Airbus A330  -343  833     CS-TRH  Orbest  ferried 30apr12 TLS-LIS after winter-lease to XL Airways France  ex EC-KCP
 Airbus A380  -861  99     F-HPJH  Air France  delivery 02may12 XFW-CDG  ex F-WWAF

Airbus Updates No.698

First new-build Sharklet-equipped A320 completed in Toulouse

 
26 April 2012Press Release
 
Airbus has produced the first new-build A320 with Sharklets. Depicted here at its roll-out in Toulouse, MSN 5098 will be one of several A320 Family aircraft in the certification flight-test campaign starting in May this year and lasting around 600 flight hours. These Sharklet tests follow the successful ‘early flight-test’ campaign with Airbus’ A320 MSN 001 test aircraft.

In total, seven new-build A320 Family aircraft fitted with both CFM56 and V2500 engine types will test the production-standard Sharklets. The results of the tests will lead up to the certification of these fuel-saving devices on each combination of aircraft model and engine selection. The first member of the family to enter service with Sharklets will be the CFM56-powered A320, from the fourth quarter of 2012.

Sharklets, which have been specially designed for the Airbus A320 Family, will reduce fuel burn by up to 3.5 percent, giving an annual CO2 reduction of around 700 tonnes per aircraft. This is equivalent to the CO2 produced by around 200 cars annually. Sharklets are now offered as an option on new-build aircraft, and are standard on the A320neo Family.