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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Airbus Updates No.910

GoAir takes delivery of its first Airbus A320 equipped with Sharklets

Taking fuel efficiency to new highs

30 January 2013Press Release

India’s GoAir, ‘The Fly Smart Airline”, wholly owned by the Wadia Group, has taken delivery of its first Sharklet equipped A320 aircraft financed by ACG (Aviation Capital Group) under a sale and leaseback arrangement which will see the Aircraft added to ACG's growing portfolio of Airbus A320 family aircraft.
The aircraft is part of an order placed by GoAir for 20 A320ceo in 2006. So far 13 aircraft have been delivered to GoAir making the first Sharklet equipped A320 the 14th to join the fleet. All subsequent seven deliveries will be equipped with Sharklets.

“We already operate one of the youngest and most fuel efficient aircraft fleets anywhere in the world and the introduction of the Sharklet will add further efficiency. Our investment in the every latest technology like Sharklets, and also the A320neo, is a demonstration of our commitment to our customers and to the growth of our valued airline,” said Giorgio De Roni, GoAir CEO

“We are delighted to be partnering GoAir with their fleet expansion and the introduction of the fuel saving Sharklet. We strive to always have the most modern aircraft in our aircraft portfolio and the A320 equipped with Sharklets is a perfect fit,” said Denis Kalscheur, ACG CEO.

“The Sharklets deliver up to four per cent fuel burn reduction on longer sectors, and this translates into impressive cost savings,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer – Customers. “GoAir passengers can also be confident that on board their Sharklet equipped A320s, they’ll be flying the world’s greenest single aisle aircraft.”

Due to the very strong customer demand for Sharklets, all Airbus’ single-aisle final assembly lines (FALs) will be engaged in building A320 Family aircraft with Sharklets. These FALs are located in Toulouse (France), Hamburg (Germany) and Tianjin (China) and will soon be followed by an additional A320 FAL in Mobile (Alabama, USA).

Sharklets are an option on new-build A320 Family aircraft and offer operators the option of an additional 100 nautical miles range or increased payload capability of up to 450 kilograms. Sharklets are standard on all members of the A320neo Family. In 2011, GoAir placed an order for 72 A320neo aircraft.

The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling and most modern single aisle aircraft Family. To date, over 9,000 aircraft have been ordered and over 5,400 delivered to more than 380 customers and operators worldwide.

Airbus Updates No.909

Airbus A319  -112  1155     D-AKNP  germanwings  ferried 29jan13 STR-OSR for paint into new cs  ex N728UW
 Airbus A319  -112  2628     D-AKNU  germanwings  ferried 29jan13 OSR-STR after paint into new cs  ex D-AVWB
 Airbus A319  -112  3245     HB-JOY  Belair  ferried 30jan13 NWI-ZRH after paint into new Air Berlin cs  ex D-ABGH
 Airbus A320  -214  1540     EC-HTC  Iberia  ferried 30jan13 CHR-MAD after paint into Iberia Express cs prior transfer  ex F-WWIU
Airbus A320  -233  2791     G-POWI  Titan Airways  delivery 30jan13 IAD-KEF-SNN, EI-reg  ex EI-TAG
Airbus A320  -214  4699     OK-HCA  Holidays Czech Airlines  ferried 30jan13 PRG-JED with NAS Air titl on wet-lease   ex F-WWDO
Airbus A320  -214  5453      CC-BFH  LAN Airlines  for delivery 31jan-01feb13 TLS-LPA-REC-SCL   ex D-AVVS
Airbus A320  -232  5461     B-9900  China Eastern  delivery 29-30jan13 TLS-SVX-PVG   ex F-WWBC
 Airbus A320  -214  5463      VT-GOL  Go Air  delivery 30jan13 TLS-SHJ-DEL  ex F-WWBE
Airbus A320  -214  5466     B-6972  Spring Airlines  delivery 30-31jan13 TLS-SVX-SHA  ex F-WWBD
 Airbus A330  -343  515     LN-RKO  SAS  re-regd 1st in svc 25jan13 CPH-IAD vv  ex SE-REE

Monday, 28 January 2013

Airbus Updates No.908

Airbus A320  -232  2027     EI-EUL  ILFC  ferried 28jan13 DUB-BOH for paint into? flyRAK A6-TIA ntu   ex EC-IPI
 Airbus A320  -232  2138     A7-ADH  Qatar Airways  ferried 26jan13 SNN-DOH after paint into new cs  ex F-WWBI
 Airbus A320  -232  2161     A7-ADI  Qatar Airways  ferried 26jan13 DOH-BRU-SNN for paint into new cs   ex F-WWBK
 Airbus A320  -232  2987     P4-UAS  Air Astana  ferried 27jan13 SEN-MAN for paint into?  ex F-WWIH
 Airbus A320  .232  5437     VT-IFH  IndiGo Air   delivery 28-29jan13 XFW-BAK-DEL  ex D-AVVO
Airbus A320  -214  5454     N454AV  Avianca  delivery 25-26jan13 XFW-TFS-FOR-BOG, Star Alliance cs  ex D-AVVU
 Airbus A320  -232  5458     N618NK  Spirit Airlines  delivery 25jan13 TLS-YYR-FLL  ex F-WWBB
 Airbus A321  -211  5314     HZ-AST  Saudi Arabian Airlines  delivery 26jan13 XFW-JED  ex D-AZAK
Airbus A330  -322  100     9M-MKF  Malaysia Airlines  ferried 26-28jan13 KUL-KIX-PDX-TUP in basic cs for part-out & scrap   ex F-WWKZ
 Airbus A330  243MRTT  1186     UAF1301  UAE Air Force  delivery 27jan13 LEGT-AAN, EC-reg  ex EC-334
Airbus A330  -343  1378     B-22102  TransAsia Airways  delivery 25jan13 TLS-TPE  ex F-WWYH

Friday, 25 January 2013

Airbus Updates No.907

Airbus A319  -133ACJ  4992     A4O-AJ  Oman Royal Flight  ferried 24-25jan13 DAL-YQX-XFW after VIP config, F-reg   ex F-WXAH
 Airbus A320  -212  234     F-HGNT  Snecma  ferried 24jan13 MPL-TLS  ex F-WCDH
Airbus A320  -214  566     ES-SAL  smartLynx Airlines Estonia   delivery 23jan13 SOF-TLL  ex EI-ERV
 Airbus A320  -232  1497     EI-EUS  ILFC  ferried 24jan13 DUB-MPL, Rayajet ntu, for paint into?   ex EC-HXA
Airbus A320  -214  5115     YI-ARA  Iraqi Airways  in svc 22jan13 BGW-DXB-BGW, all wh plus titles   ex OE-LEM
Airbus A320  -214  5425     D-AIZN  Lufthansa  delivery 25jan13 XFW-HAM  ex D-AVVJ
 Airbus A320  -214  5440     JA807P  Peach Aviation  delivery 25-26jan13 TLS-SHJ-UTP-KIX   ex F-WWII
 Airbus A320  -214  5441     D-AIZO  Lufthansa  delivery 25jan13 XFW-FRA  ex D-AVVP
Airbus A320  -214  5448     5A-ONO  Afriqiyah Airways  delivery 24jan13 XFW-DNR, all wh plus titl for paint   ex D-AVVR
 Airbus A320  -232  5449     PK-RMT  Mandala  delivery 23jan13 TLS-DWC-SIN  ex F-WWIO
 Airbus A320  -214  5452     A6-ANO  Air Arabia  delivery 24jan13 TLS-SHJ  ex F-WWIM
 Airbus A320  -214  5454     N454AV  Avianca  delivery 25-26jan13 XFW-TFS-FOR-BOG, Star Alliance cs  ex D-AVVU
 Airbus A320  -232  5458     N618NK  Spirit Airlines  delivery 25jan13 TLS-YYR-FLL  ex F-WWBB
Airbus A321  -231  5450     TC-JSE  Turkish Airlines  delivery 24jan13 XFW-IST  ex D-AVZX
Airbus A330  -202(MRTT)  1235     2403  Royal Saudi Air Force  delivery 23jan13 LEGT-OEPS  ex EC-330
 Airbus A330  -343  1376     F-HZEN  Corsair International  delivery 24jan13 TLS-ORY  ex F-WWYE
 Airbus A330  -343  1378     B-22102  TransAsia Airways  delivery 25jan13 TLS-TPE  ex F-WWYH

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Airbus Updates No.906

Airbus A319  -112  1283     EI-DEZ  MeridianaFly  ferried 19jan13 AHO-MPL on return to lessor  ex D-ANDE
 Airbus A319  -112  1305     EI-DFA  MeridianaFly  ferried 19jan13 VRN-MPL on return to lessor  ex D-ANDI
 Airbus A319  -112  2628      D-AKNU  germanwings  ferried 21jan13 STR-OSR for paint into new cs  ex D-AVWB
 Airbus A319  -131  2634     EI-EXZ  BBAM / Fly Leasing  ferried 19jan13 SAW-DUB after storage   ex VT-KFI
 Airbus A319  -132  2976     D-AGWC  germanwings  ferried 21jan13 OSR-CGN after paint into new cs  ex D-AVYX
 Airbus A319  -112  3245     HB-JOY  Belair  Air Berlin cs, ferried 21jan13 ZRH-NWI for paint into?   ex D-ABGH
Airbus A320  -214  1540     EC-HTC  Iberia  ferried 22jan13 MAD-CHR for paint, for Iberia Express   ex F-WWIU
 Airbus A320  -214  1931     OE-LOD  Austrian Airlines  at MUC 22jan13 in basic Air Berlin cs prior delivery   ex D-ALTK
 Airbus A320  -232  2016     SP-HAD  Small Planet Polska  onward deliery 18jan13 OSR-WAW after paint  ex P4-SAS
Airbus A320  -214  5226     B-6965  Juneyao Airlines  delivery 18jan13 TSN-SHA  ex B-512L
 Airbus A320  -214  5416     B-LPI  Hong Kong Airlines  delivery 22-23jan13 XFW-AUH-HKG   ex D-AVVH
Airbus A320  -214  5442     RP-C3272  Cebu Pacific Air  delivery 18-19jan13 TLS-FJR-BKK-MNL   ex F-WWIK
 Airbus A321  -232  5435     B-6961  Air China  delivery 22jan13 XFW-OVB-PEK  ex D-AVZW
 Airbus A330  -322  120     EI-  I-Fly  for delivery mar13 ex MNL  ex D-AERK
 Airbus A330  -322  143     TC-OCC  Onur Air  ferried 20jan13 JED-LDE for storage  ex 9M-MKS
Airbus A330  -343  1374     HS-TBF  Thai International  delivery 17jan13 TLS-FRA for seat installation   ex F-WWYC

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Airbus Updates No.905

Syphax Airlines orders new Airbus aircraft

January 18, 2013  

Syphax Airlines (Sfax) has ordered three Airbus A320neo and three Airbus A319/A320ceo aircraft.  The airline will take delivery of its first A320ceo in 2015, while the new A320neo aircraft are schedule to begin delivery in 2019 according to CFM International.
The airline will also add its first Airbus A330 in April 2013 for new long-range routes to China, Canada, South Africa and the United States.
Copyright Photo: Jacques Guillem Collection. Airbus A319-112 D-AHIN (msn 3853) became TS-IEF with the carrier.
Syphax logo-1

Friday, 18 January 2013

Airbus Updates No.904

Airbus A319  -112  1305     EI-DFA  MeridianaFly  ferried 18jan13 VRN-MPL on return to lessor  ex D-ANDI
 Airbus A319  -111  5294     EI-IMV  Alitalia  delivery 16jan13 XFW-FCO  ex D-AVWB
 Airbus A319  -111  5424     EI-IMX  Alitalia  delivery 17jan13 XFW-FCO  ex D-AVWN
Airbus A320  -214  590     N593SC  Aar Parts Trading  ferried 17jan13 SNN-BGR-TUS for part-out & scrap   ex VN-A301
Airbus A320  -232  5436     HS-TXE  Thai Smile  delivery 18jan13 TLS-DXB-BKK  ex F-WWIJ
Airbus A330  -223  802     EI-EZL  MeridianaFly  1st in svc 16/17jan13 IST-DAC-IST on new lease to Turkish Airlines   ex I-EEZL
 Airbus A330  -322  127**     CS-TRI  HiFly  for delivery late jan13 ex DUS,all white  ex D-AERQ
 Airbus A330  -343  1374     HS-TBF  Thai International  delivery 17jan13 TLS-FRA for seat installation   ex F-WWYC

Airbus Updates No.903

The month in review: December 2012

A300/A310 Single Aisle A330/A340/A350 A380 Total
Total orders 816 9031 2203 262 12312
Total deliveries 816 5402 1315 97 7630
Aircraft in operation 478 5234 1293 97 7102

New business logged during December boosted Airbus’ order volume well beyond its 2012 goal, while deliveries in the year’s close-out month broke several new company records.

With a total of 268 aircraft bookings added in December, the year’s total gross orders reached 914 – resulting in 833 net orders for 2012 when adjustments and cancellations are taken into account. This exceeded Airbus’ 650 order target for the 12 months by 41 per cent.

The December sales volume included several large A320 Family bookings, and provided a total of 155 additional orders for the A320neo product line – giving this new engine option version of Airbus’ best-selling single-aisle jetliner series an overall 62 per cent market share when compared to its direct competitor.

A320neo Family contracts during the month were Pegasus Airlines’ order for 57 A320neo and 18 A321neo aircraft, the booking by Citilink for 25 A320neo jetliners, Avolon’s order for 20 A320neos, and Middle East Airlines’ agreement to acquire five A320neo jetliners plus five A321neo aircraft.

BOC Aviation placed a large mixed order, acquiring 25 A320/A321neo aircraft and another 25 A320/A321ceo (current engine option) versions. Also included in the month’s single-aisle new business was an undisclosed customer’s booking for 60 A320ceo Family aircraft (composed of 12 A319s, 16 A320s and 32 A321s).

This volume took Airbus’ overall single-aisle order totals beyond the 9,000 milestone, of which 1,734 are for the A320neo Family.

Completing the bookings in December was Singapore Airlines’ repeat order endorsement for Airbus widebody jetliners, acquiring an additional 20 A350 XWB aircraft in the -900 configuration, along with five more A380s; as well as an order from an undisclosed customer for three A330-300s.

Airbus provided 72 jetliners to customers in December, breaking company records for a month’s delivery performance with the A320 Family (54) as well as for the A330/A340 (13). This included the final two A340-500s, received by AJW Capital Partners Ltd. for operation by Azerbaijan Airlines – which brings the A340 production programme to a close.

Also during the month, Airbus handed over a total of five A380s, taking the 2012 deliveries for this 21st century flagship jetliner to 30.

Based on the year-end orders and deliveries, Airbus completed 2012 with an industry record backlog of 4,682 aircraft – up from 4,437 at 31December 2011.

Airbus Updates No.902

Airbus beats order target and sets new company delivery records

Overwhelming market preference for the NEO continues

17 January 2013Press Release

Airbus delivered a company record of 588 aircraft to 89 customers (17 new) and exceeded its order target of 650 by winning 914 gross orders. These orders include 305 CEO, 478 NEO, 82 A330/A340s, 40 A350 XWB and nine A380s. Airbus’ backlog sets a new industry-wide record of 4,682 aircraft valued at over US$638 billion.

Deliveries were 10 per cent higher than the 2011 record (534) and 2012 was the 11th year in a row of increased production. In single aisles, Airbus set a new record of 455 deliveries (421 in 2011). Widebody deliveries reached a record 103 aircraft (87 in 2011), underlining the success of the A330 Family which is being produced at the highest monthly production rates ever (9.5 in 2012 rising to 10 in Spring 2013). The A380 delivery target of 30 was achieved setting a new company record for the type (26 in 2011).

Airbus’ share of total aircraft sales by value (above 100 seats) in 2012, is 41 per cent gross (41.5 per cent net). Net orders reached 833 aircraft worth US$96 billion. These include 739 A320 Family aircraft taking Airbus past the 9,000th single aisle order. Of these, 478 are NEO, confirming its over 62 per cent market dominance since launch. In the widebody market, 58 A330s and 27 A350 XWB were ordered. The A350-1000 won major endorsements from leading airlines through significant upsizing orders. In the very large aircraft segment, Airbus won nine out of 10 orders demonstrating the market’s preference for the A380.
In 2012, the A350 XWB progressed well. The final assembly line became fully operational, the structural assembly of the first A350 XWB that will fly was completed and “electrical power on” of the aircraft was accomplished.

Airbus Military had a successful year delivering 29 aircraft (20 light and medium military transport, four P-3 conversions, and five A330 MRTTs). The order target was exceeded despite difficult global conditions, reaching 32 (28 C295 and four CN235). Additionally, the A330 MRTT was selected as the preferred bidder by the Indian Government.

The A400M progressed well with the completion of 300 hours of Function and Reliability testing leading towards civil and military certification in Q1 2013 and first delivery in Q2 2013, with a total of four deliveries by the end of the year. Currently four A400Ms are in final assembly with a further 13 in production. The military backlog stands at 220 aircraft (174 A400M, 17 MRTT, five CN235, and 20 C295 and four P-3).
Airbus recruited 5,000 employees in 2012 increasing the global employee figure to 59,000 and targets recruiting some 3,000 in 2013 to support all programme developments.

"Looking back over 2012, we can proudly say it was a fantastic year. We delivered a record number of aircraft which highlights our increasing efficiency, and the market again demonstrated its confidence in all our products. In 2012, we delivered the first Sharklet aircraft, and with a commanding lead in the single aisle market, the dividends from our strategic decision to invest in the kind of innovation which generates value for our customers, is paying off,” said Fabrice Bregier, Airbus President and CEO. “We are keeping our production rates at a manageable pace, which is good for our supply chain, and bodes well for our long term profitability and bright future.”

Airbus Updates No.901

New Airbus aircraft list prices for 2013

Price adjustment for most modern, fuel-efficient aircraft family

17 January 2013Press Release

Airbus has increased the average list prices of its aircraft by 3.6 per cent. The new pricing is effective from January 1st 2013. The 3.6 per cent price increase has been calculated according to Airbus’ standard escalation formula over the January 2012 to January 2013 period.

“Our new pricing reaffirms the value of our modern, fuel-efficient aircraft,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “Our products consistently help our customers cut their operating costs and reduce their environmental footprint.”

Airbus is the long-term leading aircraft manufacturer with the most modern and comprehensive family of airliners on the market, ranging in capacity from 100 to more than 500 seats. Airbus is known to offer innovative technologies as soon as they become available and has sold over to 12,000 aircraft, with over 7,600 deliveries achieved since the first Airbus aircraft entered service.


Price depends on design weights, engines choice and level of selected customisation. 

Airbus Updates No.900

BOC Aviation orders 50 A320 Family aircraft, including 25 NEO

Confirms strong market demand for current and new engine options

17 January 2013Press Release

BOC Aviation, the Singapore-based aircraft leasing subsidiary of Bank of China, has placed a new firm order, signed in December 2012, for the purchase of 50 A320 Family aircraft including 25 NEOs. The order comprises A320 and A321 variants of both engine options. BOC Aviation will make its engine selection for the aircraft at a later date.

BOC Aviation last placed an order for A320ceo Family aircraft in 2010. This order for A320neo Family aircraft will be its first for the new engine option. As an investor in aircraft, the Company seeks fuel-efficient aircraft that have a wide operator base and this order will further contribute to its growth.

"Airbus’ popular A320 and A321 aircraft with the current engine option are outstanding aircraft for airlines focusing on operational efficiency who want to offer their passengers a superior short to medium haul travel experience,” said Robert Martin, BOC Aviation’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. “The A320neo Family order reinforces our commitment to be a key player in the leasing industry as we make the latest eco-efficient aircraft available to our customers.”

“The announcement from BOC Aviation is another vote of confidence in the long-term appeal of our popular A320 Family. It works well for the financial community thanks to its wide operator base, its proven excellent operating economics as well as strong residual values," said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus. “With this latest order for A320 Family aircraft, BOC Aviation is well placed to continue to build on its position as a top tier leasing company.

Including this latest purchase agreement, BOC Aviation’s cumulative orders for new Airbus aircraft reach a total of 187 (181 A320 Family and six A330 Family aircraft), of which 131 have already been placed with airlines. BOC Aviation has also been growing its Airbus fleet through purchase and leaseback transactions with airlines. To date, BOC Aviation has successfully placed Airbus aircraft with over 40 airlines worldwide. BOC Aviation is the largest Asia-based aircraft leasing company and will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

The A320neo will enter into service from late 2015, followed by the A319neo and A321neo in 2016. The A320neo Family incorporates latest generation engines and large Sharklet wing-tip devices, which together will deliver up to 15 percent in fuel savings which is equivalent to 1.4 million litres of fuel - the consumption of 1,000 mid size cars, saving 3,600 tons of C02 per aircraft per year. With more than 1,600 firm orders since its launch in December 2010, the A320neo Family is the fastest selling commercial aircraft programme ever.
The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling and most modern single aisle aircraft Family. To date, close to 8,900 aircraft have been ordered and over 5,300 delivered to more than 380 customers and operators worldwide.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Airbus Updates No.899

Airbus A319  -112  1048     EI-DFP  MeridianaFly  ferried 09jan13 TRN-BUD on return to lessor   ex F-OHJV
 Airbus A319  -111  2387     N  Allegiant Air  ferried 14jan13 MLA-SEN, HB-reg for paint prior delivery  ex HB-JZN
 Airbus A319  -132  2976     D-AGWC  germanwings  ferried 13jan13 CGN-OSR for paint into new cs  ex D-AVYX
 Airbus A319  -111  5294     EI-IMV  Alitalia  delivery 15jan13 XFW-FCO  ex D-AVWB
Airbus A320  -212  421     PK-TAA  Indonesia Air Transport  delivery 12jan13 SIN-HLP, full cs, EI-reg  ex EI-DNP
 Airbus A320  -212  497     N997AG  ACG Acquisitions  FirstNation cs, ferried 12jan13 LOS-CMN-SEN after storage   ex 5N-FNC
 Airbus A320  -212  579     UR-DAI  Windrose Air  Aerosvit cs, in svc 02jan13 KBP-SZG-KBP after AOC-transfer   ex N181LF
 Airbus A320  -214  1059     EC-LUC  Iberia Express  ferried 10/16jan13 MAD-CHR-MAD for paint   ex EC-HAG
Airbus A320  -214  1530     EC-HTB  Iberia  ferried 15jan13 MAD-CHR for paint, for Iberia Express   ex F-WWIO
 Airbus A320  -232  1715     EI-EZN  MeridianaFly  ferried 12jan13 LIN-SNN on return to lessor  ex I-EEZN
 Airbus A320  -232  1723     EI-EZO  MeridianaFly  ferried 10jan13 FCO-SNN on return to lessor  ex I-EEZO
 Airbus A320  -214  1983     I-EEZF  MeridianaFly  ferried 04-05jan13 VRN-MCT-XSP prior delivery to Aer Lingus for LHR based Virgin Atlantic ops   ex F-WWDM
 Airbus A320  -214  2001     I-EEZG  MeridianaFly  ferried 04-05jan13 CTA-MCT-XSP prior delivery to Aer Lingus for LHR based Virgin Atlantic ops   ex F-WWBB
 Airbus A320  -232  2138     A7-ADH  Qatar Airways  ferried 16jan13 DOH-VIE-SNN for paint into new cs   ex F-WWBI
 Airbus A320  232  2288     A7-ADJ  Qatar Airways  ferried 16jan13 SNN-DOH after paint into new cs  ex F-WWBS
 Airbus A320  -232  2990     OE-IBO  GECAS  ferried 13jan13 RKT-OSR for paint, for SAS as OY-KAO   ex VT-INF
Airbus A320  -214  3056     9H-AEP  Air Malta  ferried 12jan13 MLA-SNN for paint into new cs  ex F-WWDV
 Airbus A320  -232  5433     9V-JSR  Jetstar  delivery 14jan13 TLS-AZI-SIN  ex F-WWIH
Airbus A321  -231  1366     SU-TCD  Almasria Universal Airlines   re-delivery** after mx 15jan13 PGF-CAI  ex EI-EUD
 Airbus A330  -223  343     N772RD  Ryan International  ferried 15jan13 RFD-MZJ on return to lessor  ex TC-ETP
 Airbus A330  -243  1375     B-5920  China Eastern  delivery 12jan13 TLS-PVG  ex F-WWYD

Monday, 14 January 2013

Airbus Updates No.898

Avolon increases initial NEO commitment by signing firm order for 20

Becomes latest global lessor to include fuel efficient A320neo in their portfolio

12 January 2013Press Release

Avolon, the international leasing company has confirmed an order for 20 A320neo aircraft in December 2012. This firm order is an increase on Avolon’s initial commitment for 15 A320neo aircraft announced in July 2012 at the Farnborough International Airshow. Avolon will make its engine selection at a later date.

“Our increased commitment to the NEO reflects the strong customer feedback we have received since our original announcement for 15 NEO aircraft in July 2012. Maintaining a forward order book of highly fuel-efficient, new generation aircraft is a natural complement to our extensive sale and leaseback and other financing capabilities and maintains our position as a premier, full-service aircraft lessor,” John Higgins, Avolon President and Chief Commercial Officer commented. “We are confident that our customers will be satisfied with the economic and environmental benefits the NEO promises to deliver.”

“When a dynamic lessor such as Avolon decides to order more of our aircraft than originally planned, it’s a clear recognition of the excellent value our products deliver,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “We are confident that the A320neo Family, which offers the best economics of any single aisle aircraft, will be the backbone of leasing companies’ portfolios for the years to come.”

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.

Close to 8,900 A320 Family aircraft have been ordered and more than 5,300 delivered to more than 380 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. 

Airbus Updates No.897

Citilink orders 25 Airbus A320neo

Indonesian LCC builds modern Airbus fleet

14 January 2013Press Release

Citilink, the low cost subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia has placed a firm order with Airbus for 25 A320neo. The contract, signed in December 2012, represents the first direct purchase by Citilink from Airbus. It follows an order placed in 2011 by Garuda Indonesia for 15 A320ceo and 10 A320neo aircraft for operation by Citilink.

Citilink already operates a fleet of 12 leased A320s on its fast growing domestic network.

“The A320 has played a key role in the recent success of Citilink” said Mr. Arif Wibowo, Chief Executive Officer of Citilink. “The low operating costs, fast turnaround times and strong passenger appeal of the A320 make it perfect for our operation and we are looking forward to the even greater efficiencies that will come with the NEO”

"We are pleased to welcome Citilink as a new customer of Airbus,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer, Customers, Airbus. “The order underscores the A320 Family’s position as the preferred choice for full service and low cost carriers worldwide, both with the current and new engine options.”

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 close to 8,900 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. 

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Airbus Updates No.896

Indonesia's Lion Air to order over 200 Airbuses

An Airbus A320 being built in China

Indonesian air line Lion Air has ordered over 200 passenger jets from French-based European aircraft builder Airbus, according to reports. Lion Air boss Edward Sirait has indirectly confirmed the news.

Sirait told the AFP wire service on Wednesday that he could not give any details because he was waiting figures and documents from his company’s legal department, a statement the news agency took to be confirmation that the sale is to go ahead.

It was following up a report in the regional newspaper Dépêche du Midi, which, like Airbus, is based in the south-western French city of Toulouse.

“Lion Air is said to have finalised a large order of A320neos before the end of the year [2012],” the paper said on Wednesday, adding that the order may be for as many as 220 planes.

Airbus will publish its annual sales figures on 17 January.

Last year Lion Air placed a record order with Boeing, for 239 737s and until now most of its fleet has been built by Airbus’s US competitor.

The company needs planes for its expansion plans, which include a low-cost airline in Malaysia to rival its main regional competitor, AirAsia.

Lion Air was founded in 2009 and is now Indonesia’s largest private airline, mainly operating in its home country but also in Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Saudi Arabia.

Airbus Updates No.895

Airbus in Talks With Turkish Airlines for 150 Jets, Minister Says

Turkish Airlines  is considering the purchase of about 150 Airbus SAS aircraft, in an order that would include some A380 superjumbos, as the carrier pursues an expansion by connecting traffic between Europe and Asia.

The talks between the carrier, officially known as Turk Hava Yollari AO, and Toulouse, France-based Airbus were disclosed by French Trade Minister Nicole Bricq today in a statement ahead of her planned visit Istanbul next week, where she will meet Turkey’s economics minister and executives, including the head of Turkish Airlines. The airline confirmed the planned meeting.

Turkish Airlines is emulating Emirates and other carriers in the Gulf region, who are benefiting from their geographic position to build a hub connecting traffic from the U.S. via Europe to Asia. The Turkish airline has a mixed fleet of Airbus A320 family single-aisle planes and the competing 737 by Boeing Co. (BA), in what is the most hotly contested market between the duopoly.

“Turkish is already one of the fastest-expanding airlines worldwide,” said Tim Coombs, managing editor of London-based Aviation Economics. “They’ve got the natural advantages of geography, placed between Europe and Asia, and an extremely large home population.”

The Turkish carrier has sought to upgrade its service and has been on a marketing spree in recent years, enlisting sporting icons including soccer player Lionel Messi and basketball star Kobe Bryant for television adverts.

Officials at the airline’s public relations office had no immediate comment today except to confirm the planned meeting with the French minister. Airbus declined to comment, saying all discussions with potential customers are private.

Next week’s meeting between the minister and the airline chief comes ahead of a Jan. 17 press briefing by Airbus to review last year’s performance and present plans for 2013. Airbus gave up the lead in aircraft deliveries to Boeing last year, after holding advantage for almost a decade.

Fewer Orders

Airbus also likely finished 2012 with fewer new aircraft orders than Boeing, which won 1,023 contracts. Airbus had been targeting 650 for 2012 following a windfall a year earlier, when the European manufacturer was first to offer a more fuel-efficient variant of its single-aisle jet, the A320neo.

Airbus last month won an order for 75 A320 neo planes from Pegasus Airlines, a low-fare Turkish carrier that until now has been flying 737s.

Turkish Airlines had previously said it was considering the purchase of as many as six A380 superjumbos from Airbus. It had also said it was looking at jets bigger than Boeing’s 330-seat 777, currently the carrier’s largest model, to lure transfer traffic between Europe and Asia away from Air France-KLM Group (AF), Deutsche Lufthansa AG and British Airways-parent International Consolidated Airlines Group SA.

In November, the company said it was close to ordering 100 planes to provide short-haul links from Istanbul, saying then it would scrap plans to buy the biggest jumbo jets in favor of more modestly sized wide-body planes.

The airline’s fleet is already set to expand to about 206 planes through 2013, when an expansion program originally slated to end in 2015 will be completed. 

Airbus Updates No.894

Airbus A300  -622R(F)  783     D-AEAH  EAT Leipzig  delivery 11jan13 DRS-LEJ after conversion   ex N5783
 Airbus A320  -231  415     EI-ETM  ILFC  seen re-regd at DUB 09jan13 still in Wow Force Two cs   ex LY-COS
 Airbus A320  -212  579     UR-DAI  Windrose Air  Aerosvit cs, in svc 02jan13 KBP-SZG-KBP after AOC-transfer   ex N181LF
 Airbus A320  -214  1059     EC-LUC  Iberia Express  ferried 10jan13 MAD-CHR for paint   ex EC-HAG
Airbus A320  -232  1407     XY-AGS  Golden Myanmar Airlines   delivery 09jan13 SZB-RGN after paint  ex EI-EUE
Airbus A320  -232  1773     A7-ADC  Qatar Airways  ferried 07jan13 SNN-DOH after paint into new cs  ex F-WWDG
 Airbus A320  -232  2016     SP-HAD  Small Planet Polska  delivery 07jan13 SEN-OSR for paint  ex P4-SAS
 Airbus A320  -214  2180     OK-HCB  Holidays Czech Airlines  ferried 08jan13 PRG-BOH for paint into all wh prior wet-lease to NAS Air  ex G-OOPX
 Airbus A320  -232  2288     A7-ADJ  Qatar Airways  ferried 07jan13 DOH-BRU-SNN for paint into new cs   ex F-WWBS
 Airbus A320  -232  2958     OY-KAN  SAS  ferried 07jan13 OSR-ZRH, OE-reg after paint prior delivery   ex OE-IBM
Airbus A320  -232  3125     LZ-MDB  Via Airlines  ferried 11jan13 SOF-RUH on wet-lease to NAS Air   ex F-WWBF
Airbus A320  -214  4193     VN-A699  VietJet Air  delivery 09-10jan13 ATH-BOM-HAN   ex SX-OAU
 Airbus A320  -214  5434     B-6971  Spring Airlines  delivery 10-11jan13 XFW-OVB-SHA   ex D-AVVN
 Airbus A321  -231  1276     VQ-BRM  Nordwind Airlines  delivery 06jan13 IST-SVO  ex EI-EUT
Airbus A330  -223  343     N772RD  Ryan International  ferried 08/10jan013 PHC-LEJ-RFD after Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission ops for AtlasJet  ex TC-
Airbus A330  -243  461     EC-LKE  Orbest Airlines  ferried 09jan13 MAD-IST on wet-lease to Turkish Airlines   ex CS-TRA
Airbus A340  -542  894     4K-AZ86  Azerbaijan Airlines Avia   delivery 11jan13 TLS-BAK  ex F-WWTH

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Airbus Updates No.893


Honolulu’s Hawaiian Airlines today announced an order for 16 Airbus A-321neo aircraft to be delivered to the airline between 2017 and 2020.
The Airbus orders were bad news for two Northwest companies, Boeing and Alaska Airlines.
In picking the Airbus A-321neo as its new single-aisle jet, Hawaiian continued its trend of buying aircraft from Europe’s Airbus instead of Boeing. Hawaiian was once an all-Boeing carrier with short-range Boeing 717s and long-range Boeing 767-300ERs in its fleet.
Hawaiian Airlines A-321neo
But in recent years, Hawaiian has been replacing its 767s with Airbus A330 aircraft. And the company has also ordered Airbus’s A350 new generation transports instead of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner.
In picking the A-321neos, Hawaiian decided against the comparable Boeing plane, the 737 Max 9.
The acquisition of the new single-aisle jets could be bad news for SeaTac-based Alaska because the new planes will allow Hawaiian to enter the smaller markets on the U.S. mainland where Alaska has made inroads in recent years.
In markets such as Bellingham to Honolulu and Maui, Alaska flies 160-seat Boeing 737-800s. The only planes that Hawaiian operates that have the range for the flight are larger twin-aisle aircraft such as the A330s and 767s. The Hawaiian A330s hold 294 passengers. The 767s accommodate 264, too many for smaller markets.
Hawaiian’s new A321neos will have the range to reach the islands from the West Coast but will carry only 190 passengers.

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Airbus Updates No.892

Middle East Airlines firms up order for ten A320neo Family aircraft

World’s most fuel efficient single aisle aircraft continues to attract new customers

9 January 2013Press Release

Middle East Airlines-Air Liban (MEA), the flag carrier of Lebanon, has signed a firm contract for ten A320neo Family aircraft (five A321neo and five A320neo aircraft). This follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding which was announced on 12th July 2012. MEA will announce its engine choice at a later date.

“Airbus’ A320neo Family is the ideal choice for an airline such as Middle East Airlines,” said MEA Chairman-Director General, Mohamad El Hout. “An aircraft offering fuel burn saving, high reliability as well as a modern and comfortable cabin is a sound investment in anyone’s books.”

“Middle East Airlines is going to be well positioned with these A320neo Family aircraft in its fleet to maintain its record as one of the most successful airlines in the dynamic Middle East region,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “We are convinced the NEO will deliver on its promises as the most fuel efficient single aisle aircraft and look forward to seeing MEA taking full advantage of all the benefits this aircraft offers.”

MEA operates one of the most modern fleets in the Middle East region with four A330-200s, four A321s and ten A320s.

The A320neo ‘new engine option’ for the A320 Family will enter into service from late 2015. It incorporates latest generation engines and large Sharklet wing-tip devices, which together will deliver up to 15 percent in fuel savings which 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. With more than 1,600 firm orders since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has proven to be the fastest selling commercial aircraft programme ever.

The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling and most modern single aisle aircraft Family. To date, close to 8,900 aircraft have been ordered and over 5,300 delivered to more than 380 customers and operators worldwide

Monday, 7 January 2013

Airbus Updates no.891

CIT adds ten A350 XWB aircraft to its portfolio

Repeat order from top lessor confirms strong market demand for A350 XWB

3 January 2013Press Release

CIT Group Inc. (NYSE CIT), a global leader in transportation finance has placed a firm order for 10 A350-900s. This is the second time CIT has ordered A350 XWBs and brings the lessor’s total backlog for the type to 15.

“This order for Airbus A350 XWBs will further expand our portfolio of medium-to-long haul aircraft,” said C. Jeffrey Knittel, President of CIT Transportation Finance. “As one of the leading lessors in the world with more than 110 twin aisle aircraft currently in our portfolio and on order, CIT Aerospace maintains one of the youngest, most fuel efficient fleets in the industry. This new order underscores our commitment to delivering highly efficient aircraft to our global customer base.”

“We are very confident that our A350 XWB Family will perfectly meet long haul operators’ needs by offering them the highest levels of comfort and efficiency,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “This repeat order for the A350 XWB from CIT clearly demonstrates this to be the case.”

Including this latest announcement, CIT has ordered a total of 253 Airbus aircraft comprising 187 A320 Family, 51 A330 Family and 15 A350 XWB Family.

The A350 XWB (Xtra Wide-Body) is an all-new mid-size long range product line comprising three versions and seating between 270 and 350 passengers in typical three-class layouts. The new Family will bring a step change in efficiency compared with existing aircraft in this size category, using 25 per cent less fuel and providing an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions. Scheduled for entry-into-service in 2014, with CIT’s order included, the A350 XWB has already won 572 firm orders from 34 customers worldwide.

Airbus Updates No.890

 Airbus A319  -111  2378     CC-AIB  Sky Airline  at SEN 06jan13 in full cs, G-reg prior delivery  ex G-EZMS
Airbus A320  -212  343     F-GKHK  XL Airways France  ferried 05jan13 CDG-CHR after storage  ex LV-BPC
Airbus A320  -214  1372     OE-IBQ  GECAS  ferried 05/07jan13 SHA-SZB-MLE-RKT  ex B-6250
 Airbus A320  -214  1439     4L-FGC  flyGeorgia  delivery 04jan13 PRG-TBS  ex OK-GEA
 Airbus A320  -232  2016     SP-HAD  Small Planet Polska  delivery 07jan13 SEN-OSR for paint  ex P4-SAS
Airbus A320  -232  2958     OY-KAN  SAS  ferried 07jan13 OSR-ZRH, OE-reg after paint prior delivery   ex OE-IBM
 Airbus A320  -214  3189     VP-  Ural Airlines  at HND 03jan13, full cs, no titl, JA-reg prior delivery   ex JA208A
 Airbus A321  -231  1276     VQ-BRM  Nordwind Airlines  delivery 06jan13 IST-SVO  ex EI-EUT
Airbus A330  -243  348     A6-EAA  Emirates  ferried 07jan13 DXB-LDE, all wh, for storage  ex F-WWYK
 Airbus A330  -343  1097     EC-LEQ  Orbest Airlines  ferried 03jan13 MAD-SCL on winter-lease to PAL Principal Airlines   ex F-WWKL

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Airbus Updates No.889

Airbus A300  -622R(F)  770     EI-OZJ  Air Contractors   ferried 01jan13 LEJ-BAH-MNL for paint into DHL/Air Hong Kong cs   ex N770E
 Airbus A310  -304  565     CS-TEX  HiFly  ferried 01jan13 JED-BRU after wet-lease to NAS Air   ex F-WWCC
 Airbus A319  -111  2380     G-EJJB  easyJet  ferried 03jan13 MLA-SEN prior delivery to Sky Airline  ex D-AVWV
 Airbus A319  -111  2387     HB-JZN  easyJet Switzerland  ferried 28dec12 GVA-MLA prior delivery feb13 to Sky Airline  ex G-EZBS
Airbus A319  -111  5400     V5-ANN  Air Namibia  delivery 03-04jan13 XFW-ACC-WDH   ex D-AVWK
 Airbus A320  -212  221     LZ-BHD  BH Air  ferried 03-04jan13 SOF-KEF-BOS-MZJ on return to lessor   ex CS-TQE
 Airbus A320  -231  424     G-CRPH  Thomas Cook Airlines  ferried 03jan13 MAN-MPL after storage  ex F-WQBB
 Airbus A320  -212  466     N466AG  ACG Acquisitions  FirstNation cs, to be ferried 03jan13 SAW-SEN after storage   ex 5N-FNB
 Airbus A320  -214  1067     EC-HDK  Iberia Express  ferried 02jan13 MAD-BOH for paint prior transfer   ex F-WWBF
 Airbus A320  -232  1482     TC-OBH  Onur Air  ferried 01jan13 JED-IST after wet-lease to Saudi Arabian (+ 1509 TC-OBI)  ex PK-RMJ
 Airbus A320  -214  4006     HB-JYE  easyJet Switzerland  ferried 02jan13 LGW-GVA, G-reg on transfer  ex G-EZTN
Airbus A321  -231  5427     VN-A398  Cambodia Angkor Airlines   delivery 31dec12 XFW-BAK  ex D-AVZS
 Airbus A330  -322  120     D-AERK  Air Berlin  ferried 01jan13 DUS-MNL, for HiFly as CS-TRI   ex F-WWKN

Airbus Updates No.888


Skymark Airlines have today applied for authority to fly Airbus A380 aircraft serives from Japan to New York and London starting in July 2014.

It has applied to serve London Heathrow but due to slots not being readily available could become London Gatwicks first scheduled Airbus A380 operator.

Skymarks A380's will have 394 seats