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Saturday, 28 September 2013

Airbus Updates No.1120

Airbus’ newest A330 version: “The right aircraft, right now” for domestic and regional operations

The newly-unveiled A330-300 domestic/regional version benefits from Airbus’ continued investments in the most efficient mid-size widebody jetliner operating today, providing a highly reliable, cost-effective and modern aircraft for growing passenger markets such as China and India.
Its increased capacity of 356-400 seats – combined with a lower operational weight, optimised thrust engines, a latest-technology cockpit and tailored passenger cabin – will provide the new A330-300 with unit costs similar to Airbus’ single-aisle A321.
In matching the A330-300 to shorter-range operations, its cabin will incorporate modern lightweight slim-line economy seats (weighing just over half that of typical long-haul seats), galleys optimised for food service on domestic/regional routes (with the capacity for one meal, plus a snack for travel times of two/three hours), and the elimination of crew rest areas utilised on long-distance flights.
The cockpit integrates Airbus’ latest technology from the A350 XWB and A380, further facilitating the A330-300’s operations in high-frequency service.  Features earmarked for the domestic/regional version include dual head-up displays (which meet upcoming requirements from civil aviation authorities) and protection from runway overrun situations during landing.  
Airbus’ development of the latest A330 version builds on this jetliner’s already successful deployment on short/medium-range routes around the world, including in China – where A330s already operate a significant number of domestic services.
Overall, Airbus has sold more than 1,250 A330s in passenger, freighter, VIP and multi-role variants, with the production rate at its highest level ever – confirming this jetliner’s tagline as: “The right aircraft, right now.”
• For additional information on the A330-300 domestic/regional version, read the press release and see the A330 Family pages.

Airbus Updates No.1119

Sichuan Airlines takes delivery of its first A321 with Sharklets

Captures growth with larger, eco-efficient single-aisle model
Sichuan Airlines, the largest all Airbus operator in China, has taken delivery of its first A321 aircraft equipped with Sharklets fuel saving wing tip devices. It will also be the first A321 with Sharklets to be operated in China. The A321, powered by IAE V2500 engines, features a comfortable two class cabin, seating 194 passengers with 8 in business class and 186 in economy.
Sichuan Airlines is China’s largest all Airbus operator. It introduced an A320 in 1995 to become the first Chinese airline to operate an Airbus fly-by-wire aircraft. It was also the first airline to operate Airbus A321 in China. In 2009, the airline received the first A320 assembled at the Airbus Tianjin Final Assembly. Thanks to the unique commonality between Airbus aircraft, the airline was able to smoothely expand its fleet to larger and more fuel-efficient models. With the introduction of this A321 with Sharklets, the airline is able to further increase its capacity to meet the growing demand for air travel in China, particularly in the southwestern part of the country, where its hub is based.
By the end of August 2013, Sichuan Airlines operates a fleet of six A330s and 75 A320 Family aircraft.
The A321 is the largest member of the best-selling single aisle A320 Family. Sharklets are made from light-weight composites and are 2.4 meters tall. They are an option on new-build A320 Family aircraft and standard on all members of the new A320neo family. They offer operators up to four per cent fuel burn reduction on longer range sectors and provide the flexibility of either adding an additional 100 nautical miles range or increased payload capability of up to 450 kilograms.
The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling and most modern single aisle aircraft Family. To date, over 9,800 aircraft have been ordered and more than 5,700 delivered to more than 385 customers and operators worldwide. With proven reliability and extended servicing periods, the A320 Family has the lowest operating costs of any single-aisle aircraft. 

Airbus Updates No.1118

Air Namibia takes delivery of its first Airbus A330

A330s to modernize long-haul fleet.
Air Namibia, the Windhoek based national airline of the Republic of Namibia, has taken delivery of its first A330-200 from Airbus at a ceremony in Toulouse, France. The aircraft is the first of two A330s being leased by Air Namibia from US lessor Intrepid. The airline’s A330 features a two-class cabin layout seating 244 passengers which comprises 30 business class seats and 214 economy class seats.  
Air Namibia started commercial services with its first Airbus aircraft in 2006 with an A340-300. The airline currently operates four A319s on regional routes, as well as two A340-300s on its flagship service from Windhoek to Frankfurt.  
‘’The high efficiency and low operating costs of the A330 makes it a perfect fit into our fleet. 
With an aircraft we know to be both reliable and comfortable it will offer the best flight 
experience to our passengers.“ said Ms Theopoltina M. Namases, Managing Director of Air 
“We are delighted to welcome Air Namibia as a new A330 operator,” said John Leahy Airbus
Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “The airline will benefit from unparalleled fuel efficiency
and reliability and the passengers from the most comfortable cabin in its class. The unique
fleet commonality between Airbus aircraft families allows the A330 to fit seamlessly into Air Namibia’s existing fleet.’’
The A330 Family, which spans 250 to 300 seats, and includes Freighter, VIP, and Military Transport/Tanker variants, has now attracted more than 1,250 orders, with over 1000 aircraft flying with close to 100 operators worldwide. The A330 is one of the world’s most efficient aircraft with best in class operating economics. With numerous ongoing product improvements, it still remains the most cost-efficient and capable aircraft, averaging dispatch reliability well above 99 percent.

Airbus Updates No.1117

Airbus A330  -202  885     A6-EYC  Etihad Airways  re-regd in svc 17sep13 AUH-BKK-AUH  ex VT-JWJ
 Airbus A330  -202  931     EC-KOM  Air Europa  ferried / in svc 26/27sep13 MAD-DKR-MED on Hajj-lease to Senegal Airlines  ex F-WWKU
 Airbus A330  -343  1446     PK-GPR  Garuda Indonesia  delivery 26-27sep13 TLS-AUH-CGK   ex F-WWKQ
 Airbus A330  -343  1449     RP-C8782  Philippine Airlines  delivery 27sep13 TLS-MNL  ex F-WWKY
 Airbus A330  -243  1451      V5-ANO  Air Namibia  delivery 26sep13 TLS-FRA  ex F-WWYC
 Airbus A330  -243  1452     VH-XFH  Virgin Australia  delivery 25sep13 TLS-MEL, eet 19:13 hrs   ex F-WWYD
 Airbus A330  -343  1453     9V-STY  Singapore Airlines  delivery 27sep13 TLS-SIN  ex F-WWYE
 Airbus A340  -313  554     A9C-LI  Gulf Air  ferried 27-28sep13 AUH-SNN-EGBP for part-out & scrap   ex A4O-LI

Airbus Updates No.1116

Airbus A300  -605R(F)  525     TC-MCE  MNG Cargo  1st in svc 27sep13 IST-VNO-VIE   ex B-2307
 Airbus A319  -132  2718     5B-DCF  Cyprus Airways  ferried 27-28sep13 LCA-SNN-YQX on return to lessor   ex N518NK
 Airbus A319  -112  5781     N5007E  American Airlines  delivery 25sep13 XFW-BGR-DFW  ex D-AVXF
 Airbus A319  -112  5786     N9008U  American Airlines  delivery 27sep13 XFW-BGR-DFW  ex D-AVXG
 Airbus A319  -112  5788     N8009T  American Airlines  delivery 28sep13 XFW-BGR-DFW  ex D-AVXH
 Airbus A320  -232  542     AP-BLH  Shaheen Air International   delivery 27sep13 DUB-SHJ   ex EI-CUM
Airbus A320  -232  877     AP-BLI  Shaheen Air International   delivery 25sep13 DUB-SHJ  ex EI-ELG
 Airbus A320  -214  1288    N221NV  Allegiant Air  delivery 28-29sep13 DUB-BGR-AMA, all wh  ex EC-HYD
 Airbus A320  -214  1318     N216NV  Allegiant Air  delivery 25-26sep13 DUB-BGR-SAT  ex EC-HUK
Airbus A320  -232  5660     UR-WUD  Wizz Air Ukraine  re-regd 25sep13, ferried 26sep13 BUD-IEV on transfer   ex HA-LWV
 Airbus A320  -214  5742     VN-A682  VietJetAir  delivery 26sep13 TLS-ORY-AUH  ex F-WWDR
 Airbus A320  -214  5748    PR-TYE  TAM  delivery 25-26sep13 TLS-SID-CNF  ex F-WWDZ
 Airbus A320  -232  5756     B-9952  China Southern  delivery 27sep13 TLS-SVX  ex F-WWIP
 Airbus A320  -214  5759     B-9970  China Eastern  delivery 27sep13 TLS-TSE  ex F-WWIS
Airbus A320  -232  5782     N834JB  jetBlue  delivery 28sep13 TLS-PWM-MCO  ex F-WWDP
Airbus A321  -211  3070     VQ-BQH  S7 Airlines  regd 25sep13, ferried 26sep13 CMN-OSR for paint   ex CN-ROM
Airbus A321  -231  5470     B-9967  Sichuan Airlines  delivery 26sep13 XFW-OVB  ex D-AZAE
 Airbus A321  -231  5787     RP-C9903  Philippine Airlines  delivery 26-27sep13 XFW-SHJ-DMK-MNL   ex D-AZAB

Monday, 23 September 2013

Airbus Updates No.1115

Airbus A318  -112ACJ  5478     N777UE  Universal Entertainment Corp   ferried 20-21sep13 TUL-YQX-TLS, F-reg after ACJ conversion prior delivery  ex F-WXAE
 Airbus A319  -132  5406     N703AV  Avianca  delivery 20sep13 XFW-KEF-YYZ-SAL   ex D-AVWL
 Airbus A320  -212  528     LY-COM  Avion Express  ferried 22sep13 ALG-DUB after wet-lease now to Air AlgĂ©rie   ex VP-BRB
 Airbus A320  -214  548     PR-WTB  Whitejets  ferried 23sep13 FOR-LIS, all white, on return to White   ex CS-TQO
 Airbus A320  -232  932     SU-TCA  AlMasria Universal  ferried 21sep13 CAI-DUB on return to lessor (+ 943 SU-TCB)  ex VT-ADX
 Airbus A320  -214  1262     N220NV  Allegiant Air   delivery 21-22sep13 DUB-BGR-AMA, all white  ex EC-HYC
Airbus A320  -232  2128     XY-AGT  Golden Myanmar Airlines   ferried 23sep13 BOH-SEN, P4-reg after paint prior delivery  ex P4-PAS
 Airbus A320  -214  3205    N221FR  Frontier  regd 20sep13 prior delivery ex MNL  ex RP-C8607
 Airbus A320  -232  5717     JA16JJ  Jetstar Japan  delivery 20-22sep13 TLS-AUH-HAN-NRT   ex F-WWDV
Airbus A320  -214  5778     B-9965  Spring Airlines  delivery 23-24sep1 XFW-WAW-URC-SHA   ex D-AXAD
 Airbus A320  -232  5780    VH-VFQ  Jetstar  delivery 20-22sep13 XFW-AUH-SIN-MEL   ex D-AXAE
Airbus A321  -231  5336     F-WXAG  Airbus  ferried 23sep13 ZRH-TLS after paint into all white  ex D-AZAV
 Airbus A330  -322  107     9M-MKG  Malaysia Airlines  all white, ferried 21-23sep13 KUL-KIX-PDX-TUP for part-out & scrap  ex F-WWKV
Airbus A330  -223  232     PT-MVA  TAM  ferried 20sep13 MIA-MEX on return to lessor (+ 238 PT-MVB 18sep13)  ex A6-EYX
 Airbus A330  -223  358     LV-FNK  Aerolineas Argentinas  ferried 23sep13 LIS-LDE, EI-reg after paint prior delivery   ex EI-CXF
 Airbus A380  -841  121      G-XLEB  British Airways  delivery 20sep13 TLS-LHR  ex F-WWAY

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Airbus Updates No.1114

Airbus A320  -214  548     PR-WTB  Whitejets  ferried 19sep13 SID-LIS, all white, on return to White   ex CS-TQO
 Airbus A320  -214  1119     EC-LLE  Iberia Express  seen re-regd at MAD 19sep13 after paint, no titl  ex EC-HDT
 Airbus A320  -214  1318     N216NV  Allegiant Air  delivery 18sep13 MAD-DUB, EC-reg  ex EC-HUK
Airbus A320  -214  5785  362  G-EZWO  easyJet  delivery 19sep13 XFW-SXF  ex D-AXAF
Airbus A380  -861  127     A6-EEJ  Emirates  delivery 19sep13 XFW-DXB  ex F-WWAZ

Airbus Updates No.1113

Lufthansa, Airbus’ biggest airline customer, commits to up to 55 A350s

A350 key to modernising Lufthansa’s long-haul fleet
The Supervisory board of Lufthansa, Airbus’ biggest airline customer and operator, has decided to expand and modernise its long-haul fleet with a commitment for up to 55 A350-900 aircraft (25 firm and 30 options). Lufthansa also has the flexibility to convert some of the order to the larger A350-1000.
This landmark A350 order comes just six months after Lufthansa made the strategic decision to become an all-Airbus operator for its single-aisle fleet. So far in 2013, Airbus has won more firm orders from Lufthansa (125) in a single year than ever before. Taking all commitments (firm and options) into account the figure rises to 232 aircraft – one more than the 231 Airbus aircraft currently in operation with the Lufthansa Airline.
‘’The A350 XWB suits Lufthansa’s entire network regarding size and range, and will be key to modernising our fleet while significantly reducing operational costs and our environmental footprint,” said Nico Buchholz, Executive Vice President, Lufthansa Group Fleet Management. “These quiet and fuel-efficient aircraft will fit nicely into our existing Airbus fleet, and our passengers will be able to enjoy seamless service and comfort levels throughout our entire product range.”
“We are honoured that such a long-standing and prestigious customer as Lufthansa is coming back for more Airbus aircraft,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “The all-new A350 XWBs, will integrate very well into the Group’s existing Airbus fleet. From the A319 to the A380 size category, Lufthansa will benefit from latest technologies and efficiency levels, an unmatched wider cabin, operational flexibility and cost-savings – enhanced by the unique fleet commonality only Airbus offers.”
Lufthansa’s decision today underpins the Group’s status as Airbus’ largest airline customer and operator, with to date 535 aircraft ordered and 397 currently in operation within the Group. The latter include: 282 A320 Family, 42 A330s, 63 A340s, and 10 A380s. Lufthansa has recently announced an order for 100 A320 Family aircraft to switch its Single-Aisle Fleet in the 150-230 size category entirely to Airbus.
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, whose fuselage cross-section is optimized to accommodate Airbus’ 18-inch economy seat-width for long range passenger comfort, will also bring a 25 percent step change in efficiency compared with existing aircraft in this size category. Scheduled for entry-into-service in 2014, the A350 XWB to date has already won 682 firm orders from 35 customers worldwide.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Airbus Updates No.1112

Airbus A310  -304  491     JY-AGM  Royal Jordanian  ferried 15-16sep13 AMM-SNN-JFK-TUP for part-out & scrap  ex F-ODVH
 Airbus A319  -132  1140     A6-SAA  Air Serbia  with dual reg at GYR prior delivery late oct13  ex N473TA
 Airbus A319  -112  1618     EI-FDA  ILFC  seen regd at SEN 14sep13  ex N618MX
 Airbus A319  -131  2621     YU-APC  Air Serbia  entered paintshop at DUB 16sep13  ex EI-EYA
 Airbus A319  -111  3834     4L-FGA  flyGeorgia  last svc 11sep13 TBS-BRU, seized since  ex EI-EWF
 Airbus A319  -112  3905     OY-RCI**  Atlantic Airways  ferried 07/16sep13 ATH-NWI-ATH, SX-reg for paint   ex SX-OAJ
 Airbus A319  -132  5765     B-6448  Sichuan Airlines  delivery 13-14sep13 XFW-OVB-CTU   ex D-AVXD
 Airbus A320  -211  279     YL-LCJ  SmartLynx Airlines  ferried / in svc 13sep13 AYT-RHO-RIX after summer-lease to Corendon Air   ex N549CL
Airbus A320  -232  5744     VT-IFT  IndiGo Airlines  delivery 16-17sep TLS-BAK-DEL  ex F-WWDU
 Airbus A320  -214  5773     JA21MC  Star Flyer  delivery 18sep13 XFW-DXB  ex D-AVVZ
 Airbus A320  -214  5777     PK-GLX  Citilink  delivery 17-18sep13 XFW-SHJ-CMB-CGK   ex D-AXAC
 Airbus A321  -211  2726     VQ-BQI  S7 Airlines  ferried 13sep13 CMN-OSR, Royal Air Maroc cs, for paint   ex CN-ROF
Airbus A330  -343  741     9M-XXM  Air Asia X  delivery 12sep13 SIN-KUL, all white  ex B-HWJ

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Airbus Updates No.1111

Airbus A319  -112  1618     EI-FDA  ILFC  seen regd at SEN 14sep13  ex N618MX
 Airbus A319  -132  5765     B-6448  Sichuan Airlines  delivery 13sep13 XFW-OVB  ex D-AVXD
Airbus A320  -212  409     LY-VER  Avion Express  ferried 14sep13 BTS-DEL on Hajj lease to?  ex N409AG
 Airbus A320  -212  419     LY-VEY  Avion Express  ferried 14sep13 BTS-FJR on Hajj lease to?  ex N419AG
Airbus A320  -232  3227     VT-INL  IndiGo Airlines  ferried 14sep13 CAI-WOE, for SAS as OY-KAU  ex F-WWBC
Airbus A320  -232  5775     VH-VFP  Jetstar  delivery 13sep13 XFW-AUH  ex D-AXAA
Airbus A330  -223  259     PT-MVD  TAM  ferried 13sep13 CNF-MIA on return to lessor  ex A6-EYB
Airbus A330  -343  1447     9V-STW  Singapore Airlines  delivery 13sep13 TLS-SIN  ex F-WWKS

Friday, 13 September 2013

Airbus Updates No.1110

Airbus A300  622R(F)  730     D-AEAR  EAT Leipzig  ferried 12sep13 CHR-LEJ after paint onto DHL cs  ex N4730
 Airbus A319  -112  734     YA-TTF  Safi Airways  delivery 12sep13 SNN-TZX-KBL  ex EI-FCG
 Airbus A319  -112  1618    N618MX  WFBN  ferried 06-08sep13 MZJ-BGR-KEF-SEN, all wh on delivery to?   ex D-AVWH
 Airbus A319  -111  3834     4L-FGA  flyGeorgia  last svc 11sep13 TBS-BRU, seized since  ex EI-EWF
 Airbus A320  -231  354     UR-CJO  Aviatrans-K  ferried 12sep13 DOK-THR on sale to?  ex N354BV
 Airbus A320  -232  2128     P4-PAS  Air Astana  ferried 13sep13 SEN-BOH for paint into?  ex D-ARFF
 Airbus A320  -214  2687    4K-AZ83  Azerbaijan Airlines Avia   ferried 12sep13 BAK-OSR for paint into new cs  ex D-ABDD
 Airbus A320  -214  2853     4K-AZ78  Azerbaijan Airlines Avia   ferried 12sep13 OSR-BAK after paint into new cs  ex D-ABDI
 Airbus A320  -232  5701     JA15JJ  Jetstar Japan  delivery 12sep13 TLS-AUH  ex F-WWBQ
Airbus A320  -214  5769     D-AIZY  Lufthansa  delivery 11sep13 XFW-FRA  ex D-AVVX
 Airbus A320  -214  5772     A6-ANS  Air Arabia  delivery 12sep13 XFW-SHJ  ex D-AVVY
Airbus A321  -231  5767     HL8280  Asiana  delivery 12sep13 XFW-OVB  ex D-AZAR
 Airbus A330  -322  127     CS-TRI  HiFly  posn 09/11sep13 BRU-SAW-ERZ on Hajj-Lease to AtlasJet, titl applied at SAW  ex D-AERQ
 Airbus A380  -861  115     F-HPJI  Air France  delivery 13sep13 XFW-CDG  ex F-WWSL

Monday, 9 September 2013

Airbus Updates No.1109


The month in review
Order and delivery activity in August reflected key continuing trends for Airbus – including the ramp-up in output to meet global demand for its jetliner product line, and the A320 Family’s sustained popularity with operators around the world.
The month’s orders were led by the CIT leasing company’s booking for five longer-fuselage A321s in the current engine option (CEO) version, underscoring operators’ needs for higher capacity single-aisle aircraft.  The Texas Aviation Group and affiliates contracted for four A319ceo jetliners in August.
Completing the month’s new business was China Eastern Airlines’ order for a widebody A330-200.
These 10 bookings in August brought the year’s total net orders to 902.
Airbus’ 8,000th overall delivery occurred in August with an A320 provided to the Indonesian operation of AirAsia.  This handover was particularly symbolic, as AirAsia is the A320 Family’s largest customer – having ordered a total of 475 A320s in the CEO and NEO (new engine option) versions. 
Also included in the month’s 47 deliveries was Philippine Airlines’ first A321, which was the 54th A321 delivered this year.
As of 31 August, a total of 394 Airbus jetliners had been provided to 83 customers during 2013 – representing an eight per cent increase from the January-August period in 2012.
Taking into account the month’s order and delivery activity, Airbus’ backlog stood at 5,190 aircraft at the end of August.

Airbus Updates No.1108

Qatar Airways’ first A380 takes off for its maiden flight

Flies to Hamburg for painting and cabin installation
Qatar Airways’ first A380 took off from Toulouse on its maiden flight to Hamburg where the aircraft will be fitted with its cabin before being painted.
The Doha based carrier has firm orders for ten A380s and will become the eleventh airline to join the prestigious club of A380 operators when it takes delivery of this aircraft in 2014.
Since first entering service in 2007, 108 A380s are in operation with ten world class carriers and have accumulated over one million flight hours in more than 120,000 commercial flights. To date 44 million passengers have already enjoyed the unique experience of flying on board an A380. 

Airbus Updates No.1107

Finnair receives world’s first A321 with Sharklets

Launch customer to operate an all Airbus fleet
Finnish national carrier, Finnair, the launch customer for the A321 equipped with Sharklets, has taken delivery of its first of five aircraft on order. The aircraft will eventually replace Finnair’s existing fleet of 757s, making it an all Airbus operator. The aircraft was officially handed over to Ville Iho, Finnair Chief Operating Officer, during a delivery ceremony at the Airbus facilities in Hamburg, Germany.
“We are extremely proud to receive the world’s first A321 equipped with Sharklet fuel saving wing tip devices. This new aircraft will fit perfectly into our fleet and will contribute to optimizing our operating costs, whilst also reducing our environmental footprint.” said Ville Iho, Finnair Chief Operating Officer.
‘’We share a long-standing relationship with Finnair and are delighted that the airline has decided to build its future with an all Airbus fleet. With the Sharklet equipped A321, Finnair will benefit from lower operating costs, extended range, and better fuel efficiency. Thanks to the widest cabin of any single aisle aircraft on the market, the A321 also offers passengers more space and comfort,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer – Customers.
Finnair will take delivery of a total of five Sharklet equipped A321s. It currently operates an Airbus fleet of 40 aircraft (25 A320 family aircraft and 15 A330s/A340s). Finnair was the first airline to commit to the A350 XWB with a total of 11 aircraft on order.
The A321 is the largest member of the best-selling single aisle A320 Family. The Family has the lowest seat mile costs of any single aisle aircraft and with the widest cabin in its sector, it has wider seats, a wider aisle, more personal space and better comfort in all classes.
To date, more than 9,800 aircraft from the Family have been ordered and over 5,700 delivered to more than 390 customers and operators worldwide.

Airbus Updates No.1106

Airbus A319  -112  3905     SX-OAJ  Olympic Airways  ferried 07sep13 ATH-NWI for paint into?  ex D-AVWS
 Airbus A319  -133  5650     B-6447  Sichuan Airlines  delivery 06sep13 TSN-CTU  ex B-514L?
Airbus A320  -214  1439     OE-IBT  AerCap  ferried 06sep13 BRU-WOE after storage  ex 4L-FGC
Airbus A320  -232  5732     JA17JJ  Jetstar Japan  delivery 07sep13 TLS-AUH  ex F-WWIE
Airbus A321  -231  5763     N569UW  US Airways  delivery 07sep13 XFW-BGR-PIT  ex D-AZAP
Airbus A330  -322  127     CS-TRI  HiFly  ferried 09sep13 BRU-SAW on Hajj-Lease to AtlasJet   ex D-AERQ
 Airbus A330  -243  250     C-GGTS  Air Transat  Garuda Indonesia titl & tail logo, posn 06-08sep13 YYZ-ATH-HLP-SOC for Hajj-ops   ex F-WWKK
 Airbus A330  -243  261     G-SMAN  Monarch  Garuda Indonesia titl & tail logo, posn 07sep13 MAN-PDG for Hajj-ops  ex F-WWKR
 Airbus A330  -343  407     C-GTSD  Air Transat  Garuda Indonesia titl & tail logo, posn 07-08sep13 YUL-ATH-SOC for Hajj-ops   ex TC-SGJ
 Airbus A330  -243  480     C-GPTS  Air Transat  Garuda Indonesia titl & tail logo, posn 06-07sep13 YUL-ATH-SOC for Hajj-ops  ex F-WWKV
 Airbus A330  -243  501     F-GRSQ  XL Airways France  ferried 06sep13 CDG-BPN on Hajj-lease to Garuda Indonesia   ex F-WWKG
 Airbus A330  -343  670     EC-LXA  Air Europa  ferried 07sep13 MAD-DOH-UPG on Hajj-lease to Garuda Indonesia   ex CS-TRM
 Airbus A330  -202  888     A6-EYA  Etihad Airways  delivery 30aug13 DEL-AUH  ex VT-JWK
 Airbus A330  -243  1008     CS-TFZ  HiFly  ferried 05sep13 BRU-LOP on Hajj-lease to Garuda Indonesia   ex F-WWYD
 Airbus A330  -343  1097     EC-LXR  Air Europa  ferried 07sep13 MAD-SAW-UPG on Hajj-lease to Garuda Indonesia   ex EI-FBE

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Airbus Updates No.1105

Airbus A310  -304  494     CS-TQV  White  ferried 05sep13 LIS-GOI, all white on Hajj-lease to Air India   ex PR-WTA
 Airbus A310  -325  704     7O-ADW  Yemenia  ferried 06sep13 BOD-SAH after mx  ex F-OHPS
 Airbus A318  -121  3635     PR-ONQ  Avianca Brasil  delivery 05sep13 MEX-BOG-NAT  ex CC-CZR
Airbus A319  -112  1618    N618MX  WFBN  ferried 06sep13 MZJ-BGR on delivery to?  ex D-AVWH
 Airbus A320  -212  466     LY-VES  Avion Express  delivery 05sep13 SEN-BTS on wet-lease to Travel Service   ex N466AG
 Airbus A320  -214  1288     EC-HYD  Iberia  ferried 04sep13 MAD-DUB, all wh prior delivery to Allegiant Air as N221NV   ex EC-HKK
 Airbus A320  -214  1439     OE-IBT  AerCap  ferried 06sep13 BRU-WOE after storage  ex 4L-FGC
Airbus A320  -232  3192     OY-KAT  SAS  delivery 06sep13 WOE-CPH  ex VT-INK
 Airbus A320  -214  3218     VP-CXI  Nas Air  delivery 05sep13 NAP-JED after paint  ex A6-ABJ
 Airbus A320  -232  5734     P4-KBC  Air Astana  delivery 05sep13 TLS-ALA  ex F-WWIG
Airbus A321  -231  5751     N568UW  US Airways  delivery 04sep13 XFW-BGR-PIT  ex D-AZAM
 Airbus A321  -211  5755     VP-BOE  Aeroflot  delivery 04sep13 XFW-SVO  ex D-AZAN
 Airbus A321  -231  5758     OH-LZG  Finnair  delivery 06sep13 XFW-HEL  ex D-AZAO
 Airbus A321  -231  5763     N569UW  US Airways  delivery 07sep13 XFW-BGR-PIT  ex D-AZAP
Airbus A330  -243  250     C-GGTS  Air Transat  Garuda Indonesia titl & tail logo, posn 06-07sep13 YYZ-ATH-CGK for Hajj-ops   ex F-WWKK
 Airbus A330  -243  261     G-SMAN  Monarch  Garuda Indonesia titl & tail logo, posn 07sep13 MAN-PDG for Hajj-ops  ex F-WWKR
Airbus A330  -243  501     F-GRSQ  XL Airways France  ferried 06sep13 CDG-BPN on Hajj-lease to Garuda Indonesia   ex F-WWKG
Airbus A330  -243  1008     CS-TFZ  HiFly  ferried 05sep13 BRU-LOP on Hajj-lease to Garuda Indonesia   ex F-WWYD
 Airbus A330  -243  1444     B-5927  Air China  delivery 05sep13 TLS-TSN  ex F-WWKO
 Airbus A330  -343  1445     RP-C3342  Cebu Pacific Air  delivery 04sep13 TLS-MNL  ex F-WWKP
 Airbus A340  -313  332     RP-C3437  Philippine Airlines  delivery 05sep13 BOD-MNL, basic Iberia cs  ex F-WJKN

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Airbus Updates No.1104

Delta Air Lines returns to Airbus with order for 40 aircraft

Deal includes A330s and the first-ever A321s for the airline
Delta Air Lines has placed a firm order with Airbus for 30 A321ceo (current engine option) and 10 A330-300 aircraft. This order marks a strong return to Airbus since Delta’s last order some two decades ago. The airline has selected CFM56-5B engines from CFM International to power its A321s and CF6-80E1 engines from GE Aviation for its new A330s. Deliveries of Delta’s new A330s are slated to begin in 2015, and its first A321 is scheduled for 2016 delivery.
As a result of the merger of Delta and Northwest Airlines, Delta currently operates a large Airbus fleet, including 126 A320 Family aircraft, plus 32 A330s.
“We are always gratified by a significant order from a current operator, as it is the best endorsement of the value and dependability of the Airbus product line,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer – Customers. “We have longstanding partnerships with the Delta team. Nonetheless, this is the first-ever Delta order for our modern family of comfortable and efficient A320 and A330 aircraft. We look forward to seeing the growth of the Airbus fleet at Delta meet and exceed the needs of the airline’s customers and employees for many years to come.”
"Delta is excited to select Airbus to partner with us as we continue our fleet renewal," said Ed Bastian, Delta's President. "These A330 and A321 aircraft offer a combination of economic efficiency and excellent customer satisfaction, which we experience with the 158 Airbus aircraft currently in our fleet."
All of Delta’s A321s will feature Sharklets – lightweight composite wingtip devices that offer up to 4 percent fuel-burn savings, providing the flexibility of either adding 100 nautical miles range or increased payload capability of nearly 1000 pounds (up to 450 kilograms).
Many of Delta’s A321s are expected to be assembled at the brand-new Airbus assembly line in Mobile, Alabama, currently under construction and scheduled to deliver its first aircraft in 2016. The facility represents a $600 million dollar investment in the Gulf Coast region, and will provide 1,000 new jobs in that community.
Delta’s A321s will seat 190 people in two classes. The A321 is the largest member of the A320 Family – the world’s best-selling and most modern single-aisle aircraft Family. To date, over 9,800 A320 family aircraft have been ordered and more than 5,600 delivered to nearly 390 customers and operators. With proven reliability and extended servicing periods, the A320 Family has the lowest operating costs of any single-aisle aircraft.
Delta has selected the 242-metric-ton version of the A330-300 to grow its widebody fleet. This new enhancement to the aircraft type benefits from up to 500 nautical miles of extra range, with the ability to carry nearly five metric tons more payload than the previous 235-metric-ton A330-300. About 1.2 billion passengers around the world have enjoyed travelling on board the light, bright and spacious A330 cabin to and from the 300 airports it serves today. Delta’s A330-300s will seat 293 passengers in two classes. More than 1,250 A330s have been ordered to date.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Airbus Updates No.1103

Airbus A318  -111  2017     N803FR  Frontier  ferried 30aug-02sep13 GYR-BGR-SNN-DGX for part-out & scrap   ex D-AUAC
 Airbus A319  -132  1140     YU-  Air Serbia  in full cs at GYR 01sep13 prior delivery  ex N473TA
 Airbus A319  -112  5761     N9006  American Airlines  delivery 02sep13 XFW-BGR-DFW  ex D-AVXC
 Airbus A320  -214  2248     EC-KOH  Iberia Express  1st in svc 31aug13 MAD-IBZ after transfer  ex XA-UDU
 Airbus A320  -232  2366     EI-FCR  BOC Aviation  ferried 31aug13 BLR-XSP, Kingfisher Deccan cs  ex VT-ADV
 Airbus A320  -214  5764     CC-BFQ  LAN Airlines  delivery 31aug-01sep13 XFW-LPA-REC-SCL   ex D-AVVW
 Airbus A321  -231  5336     F-WXAG  Airbus  ferried 03sep13 LDE-ZRH, Gulf Air cs after storage, A9C-CF ntu   ex D-AZAV
Airbus A330  -223  290     LV-FNI  Aerolineas Argentinas  delivery 03-04sep13 KUL-DOH-BCN-GIG-EZE, P4-reg   ex P4-TWM
 Airbus A330  -223  939     D-ALAB  Lufthansa Technik  ferried 03sep13 ZRH-SZW, Kingfisher cs   ex VT-VJO
Airbus A340  -213  151     5A-ONE  Libyan Ministry of Defense   re-delivery 02sep13 ORY-TIP after paint  ex HZ-WBT4