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Sunday, 27 October 2013

Airbus Updates No.1131

EVA Air takes delivery of its first Airbus A321 equipped with Sharklets

Carrier becomes Taiwan’s first operator of Airbus’ wing tip fuel saving devices
EVA Air of Taiwan has taken delivery of its first Sharklet equipped A321 aircraft, on lease from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). The aircraft was handed over during a ceremony in Hamburg attended by Chang Kuo Wei, Chairman of EVA Air, and Norman Liu, President and CEO of GECAS. 
This A321 is the first of eight A321s with Sharklets that will be operated by EVA Air under lease agreement from GECAS. 
“We are very pleased to be Taiwan’s first operator bringing the latest version of the cost efficient A321 equipped with Sharklets,” Chang Kuo Wei, Chairman of EVA Air said. “Thanks to our new Sharklet-equipped A321s, we will continue to offer superior value and service to our customers.”  
“We are pleased to be partnering with EVA Air on their fleet expansion and the introduction of the fuel saving Sharklets. It is of particular importance to us to have the most modern aircraft in our portfolio and the A321 equipped with Sharklets is a perfect fit,” said Norman Liu, President and CEO of GECAS. 
“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. “In addition, EVA Air’s passengers can fly assured that they are travelling on board the world’s most efficient single aisle aircraft.”
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 percent 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 Airbus A321 is the largest member of the world’s best-selling A320 Family. As of today, over 9,900 A320 Family aircraft have been sold worldwide and almost 5,800 aircraft delivered to some 390 customers and operators.

Airbus Updates No.1130

VivaAerobus places Latin America’s biggest Airbus aircraft order

Mexican low-cost airline to renew fleet with order for 52 A320 Family aircraft
The VivaAerobus Group has signed a purchase agreement for 52 Airbus A320 Family aircraft (40 A320neo and 12 A320ceo), representing the biggest Airbus aircraft order by a single airline in Latin American history. VivaAerobus, a Mexican low-cost carrier, will announce the engine selection at a later date.
VivaAerobus, part-owned by IAMSA, one of Mexico’s largest transportation companies, and Irelandia Aviation, a global low-cost-carrier airline developer, will replace its entire fleet of 737-300 to become an all-Airbus carrier by 2016. VivaAerobus has been a pioneer in Mexico’s ’Bus to Air’ model, which is an initiative to convert bus passengers to air travellers.
The new A320 Family is key to VivaAerobus’ domestic and international network expansion plans. With proven reliability and extended servicing periods, the A320 Family has the lowest operating costs of any single-aisle aircraft, making it a perfect match for VivaAerobus.
“After evaluating the latest aircraft technology with the objective of further reducing our costs, improving our reliability, punctuality and the overall passenger experience, today we are proud to announce that the Airbus A320 has been our final choice. This is an important milestone for our customers, shareholders and staff,” said Juan Carlos Zuazua, VivaAerobus CEO. “This decision will support our growth strategy, as it will allow us to further reduce our industry leading fares, and will increase the cost-per-seat advantage we currently have among our competitors.”
“We are very proud to welcome VivaAerobus to the Airbus family,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers. “The A320 Family offers the best productivity, the lowest operating costs, the fastest turnarounds and best fuel efficiency of any single-aisle aircraft. It also offers the widest and most comfortable cabin. The unbeatable economics has made the NEO the single aisle aircraft of choice among leading operators worldwide.”
The A320 Family has the lowest seat-mile costs of any single-aisle aircraft and offers a wider cabin than competing single-aisle products, enabling wider seats, a wider aisle and more personal space. The A320neo’s new engines and large wingtip devices known as Sharklets together result in a 15 percent fuel-burn reduction. To date, more than 9,900 A320s have been ordered and almost 5,800 delivered to nearly 390 customers and operators.
More than 500 Airbus aircraft are in operation throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, with more than 800 aircraft sold and a backlog of nearly 400 yet to be delivered. In the last 10 years, Airbus has tripled its in-service fleet, while delivering more than 60 per cent of all aircraft operating in the region.

Airbus Updates No.1129

 Airbus A320  -232  5821     A6-EIU  Etihad Airways  delivery 25oct13 XFW-AUH  ex D-AXAN
 Airbus A320  -232  5829     VT-IFV  IndiGo Airlines  delivery 24-25oct13 XFW-BAK-DEL   ex D-AXAP
 Airbus A321  -231  5783     N903JB  jetBlue  delivery 24oct13 XFW-PWM-JFK  ex D-AVZA
 Airbus A321  -231  5795     N570UW  US Airways  delivery 24oct13 XFW-BGR-PIT-PHX  ex D-AVZD
 Airbus A330  -343  786     9M-XXN  Air Asia X  delivery 24oct13 HKG-SIN for cabin config  ex B-HWK
Airbus A330  -343  833     EC-  Evelop Airlines (de Grupo Barcel√≥)   to be re-regd early nov13  ex CS-TRH
 Airbus A330  -223  927     5N-JID  Arik Air  for delivery 28oct13 BOD-LOS  ex EI-EWG
 Airbus A330  -343  1160     TC-JNI  Turkish Airlines  in svc 23oct13 IST-DUS-IST, back in standard cs   ex F-WWKH
 Airbus A330  -343  1457     B-HWM  Dragonair  delivery 26oct13 TLS-HKG  ex F-WWYO
 Airbus A330  -243  1461     B-5936  China Eastern  delivery 24oct13 TLS-PVG  ex F-WWCQ
 Airbus A340  -642  376     G-VATL  Virgin Atlantic  ferried 25oct13 LGW-LDE, all wh for storage  ex F-WWCC
 Airbus A380  -861  128     HL7622  Korean Air  delivery 25oct13 TLS-ICN  ex F-WWAB

Airbus Updates No.1128

Airbus A319  -112  794     D-AKNH  germanwings  positioned 27oct13 SNN-CGN after transfer and paint   ex D-AVYD
 Airbus A319  -112  1263     LY-VEU  Avion Express  ferried 25oct13 LIL-KEF-YUL on new wet-lease to Cubana   ex EI-EWA
 Airbus A319  -112  3689     D-ABGO  Air Berlin  re-egd 21oct13, ferried 24oct13 MUC-TXL  ex OE-LOD
 Airbus A320  -211  203     VP-BPV  Ural Airlines  ferried 23oct13 BUD-KEF on return to lessor  ex F-GLGG
 Airbus A320  -212  466     HS-RCB  Rsu Airlines  at DMK 24oct13, all wh, only titles  ex LY-VES
 Airbus A320  -214  1229     N218NV  Allegiant Air   delivery 25-26oct13 DUB-BGR-AMA for paint  ex EI-FCC
 Airbus A320  -214  1439     EK-  Air Armenia  at WOE 23oct13 in full cs, OE-reg prior delivery  ex OE-IBT
 Airbus A320  -232  2461     N615JB  jetBlue  ferried 23oct13 ROW-JFK after paint into special "City Of New York Fire Department" cs, "Blue Bravest"  ex F-WWDR
 Airbus A320  -232  2828     P4-TAS  Air Astana  ferried 26oct13 SEN-BOH for paint, for Aegean Airlines   ex F-WWDN
 Airbus A320  -232  3012     EI-EYD  ILFC  ferried 25oct13 BOM-MNL, for Shaheen Air  ex VT-DNZ
 Airbus A320  -232  3227     OY-KAU  SAS  delivery 25oct13 WOE-CPH  ex VT-INL
 Airbus A320  -232  4197     B-MBC  Air Macau  in full cs at MLA 26oct13, 5B-reg after paint prior delivery   ex 5B-DCG
 Airbus A320  -214  5690     B-9925  Air China  delivery 23oct13 TSN-CTU  ex B-520L
 Airbus A320  -232  5806     HS-TXG  Thai Smile  delivery 24oct13 TLS-DXB-BKK  ex F-WWBC
 Airbus A320  -232  5814     VH-VFU  Jetstar  delivery 26oct12 TLS-AUH  ex F-WWBK

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Airbus Updates No.1127

Airbus A319  -131  2621     YU-APC  Air Serbia  delivery 19oct13 DUS-BEG  ex EI-EYA
 Airbus A319  -132  3252     YU-APE  Air Serbia  delivery 12oct13 TLC-BGR-KEF-MUC, full cs, XA-reg   ex XA-VOS
 Airbus A319  -111  3834     EI-EWF  ILFC  ferried 11oct13 BRU-SNN, flyGeorgia cs  ex 4L-FGA
 Airbus A319  -115ACJ  5768     HL8080  private  delivery 18oct13 XFW-ZRH-TLS, regd F-WTBJ prior ACJ configuration  ex D-AVXE
 Airbus A320  -232  2128     XY-AGT  Golden Myanmar Airlines   delivery 14oct13 SEN-DWC  ex P4-PAS
Airbus A320  -232  5791     A6-EIT  Etihad Airways  delivery 17oct13 TLS-AUH  ex F-WWIH
 Airbus A320  -232  5794     9V-SLS  Silk Air  delivery 12oct13 XFW-DWC-SIN  ex D-AXAG
 Airbus A320  -232  5796     JA18JJ  Jetstar Japan  delivery 12oct13 TLS-AUH  ex F-WWIO
 Airbus A320  -214  5801     CC-BFR  LAN Airlines  delivery 18-19oct13 XFW-LPA-REC-SCL   ex D-AXAI
 Airbus A320  -214  5802     F-HEPG  Air France  delivery 18oct13 TLS-CDG  ex F-WWIX
 Airbus A320  -232  5807     VT-IFU  IndiGo Airlines  delivery 18oct13 XFW-DEL  ex D-AXAK
 Airbus A320  -214  5818     CC-BFS  LAN Airlines  delivery 18-19oct13 XFW-LPA-REC-SCL   ex D-AXAM
 Airbus A321  -231  5770     B-9971  China Eastern  delivery 16oct13 XFW-OVB  ex D-AZAU
 Airbus A321  -231  5803     OH-LZH  Finnair  delivery 17oct13 XFW-HEL  ex D-AVZF
 Airbus A330  -243  1459     B-5932  Air China  delivery 18oct13 TLS-PEK  ex F-WWCC
Airbus A340  -313  193     LV-FPV  Aerolineas Argentinas   delivery 12oct13 BRU-EZE, SkyTeam cs  x EC-GPB
 Airbus A340  -642  376     G-VATL  Virgin Atlantic  ferried 16oct13 MAN-LGW after paint into all wh prior storage at LDE  ex F-WWCC
 Airbus A340  -313  414     EC-LKS  Iberia  last svc 14oct13 SAL-MAD prior return to lessor mid-nov13   ex OE-IAN
 Airbus A380  -841  124     G-XLEC  British Airways  delivery 18oct13 TLS-LHR   ex F-WWSC

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Airbus Updates No.1126

Airbus A300  -622R(F)  743     JU-8128   Air Cargo Mongolia   delivery 09oct13 LDE-KBP-ULN, EI-reg  ex EI-EYK
 Airbus A300  -622R(F)  836     D-AEAF  EAT Leipzig  seen regd 08oct13 at DRS, all wh prior delivery  ex A6-SUL
 Airbus A319  -114  672     C-FYJH  Rouge  delivery 09oct13 YRQ-YYZ after paint  ex D-AVYF
Airbus A319  -112  3415     D-ABGJ  Air Berlin  re-regd 07oct13 (+ 3447 D-ABGK ex OE-LOB, + 3661 D-ABGN ex OE-LOA)   ex OE-LOE
 Airbus A319  -111  3834     EI-EWF  ILFC  ferried 11oct13 BRU-SNN, flyGeorgia cs  ex 4L-FGA
 Airbus A320  -211  359     YL-LCD  SmartLynx Airlines  ferried 06-07oct13 LYS-TFS-SSG on wet-lease to Cronos Airlines   ex C-FMSV
 Airbus A320  -232  1715     LY-SPA  Small Planet Airlines   ferried 10oct13 CDG-ARN after Small Planet Polska summer-ops ex CDG  ex EI-EZN
 Airbus A320  -214  5252     D-ABNC  Air Berlin  ferried 11oct13 MUC-TSE on delivery to Chengdu Airlines  ex D-AXAI
 Airbus A320  -232  5532     VH-VFT  Jetstar  delivery 11-13oct13 TLS-AUH-SIN-MEL   ex F-WWBV
 Airbus A320  -232  5784     G-EUYP  British Airways  delivery 09oct13 TLS-LHR  ex F-WWIC
 Airbus A320  -233  5793     XA-VOY  Volaris  delivery 10oct13 TLS-KEF-BGR-TLC   ex F-WWIR
 Airbus A320  -232  5794     9V-SLS  Silk Air  delivery 12oct13 XFW-DWC-SIN  ex D-AXAG
 Airbus A320  -232  5796     JA18JJ  Jetstar Japan  delivery 12oct13 TLS-AUH  ex F-WWIO
 Airbus A320  -232  5805     9V-TRM  Tigerair  delivery 11-12oct13 XFW-DWC-SIN  ex D-AXAJ
Airbus A330  -223  802     EI-EZL  Meridiana  ferried 11oct13 IST-MXP after wet-lease to Turkish Airlines   ex I-EEZL
 Airbus A330  -223  874     D-ALAA  Lufthansa Technik   ferried 08oct13 MLA-SZW, Kingfisher cs  ex VT-VJK
 Airbus A330  -343  1456     RP-C8780  PAL Express  Philippine Airlines cs, delivery 11oct13 TLS-MNL   ex F-WWYJ
 Airbus A340  -313  167     LN-RKP  SAS  ferried 09oct13 GIG-SCL in full cs, CC-reg prior delivery   ex CC-CQG

Monday, 7 October 2013

Airbus Updates No.1125

Airbus Updates No.1124

Airbus and Japan Airlines sign their first ever order

Japan Airlines (JAL) has signed a purchase agreement for 31 A350 XWBs (18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s), plus options for a further 25 aircraft. This is JAL’s first ever order for Airbus aircraft.* It is also the first order Airbus has received from Japan for the A350 XWB, confirming its continuing success with world leading airlines across the globe. JAL and Airbus aim for entry into service from 2019, with the airline’s A350 XWBs gradually replacing its ageing fleet approximately over a six year period.
“We will utilize the A350 XWB to maximum, which offers high level of operational efficiency and product competitiveness, while positively catering to new business opportunities after slots at airports in Tokyo are increased,” said Yoshiharu Ueki, President of Japan Airlines. “In addition to improving profitability with advanced aircraft, we always aim to deliver unparalleled services to customers with the latest cabin and steady expansion of our route network.” 
"Japan Airlines is well known as one of the most preferred airlines in the world providing its passengers with an excellent flight experience. We sincerely welcome Japan Airlines as a new Airbus customer and feel honored by this first ever order from Japan for our all-new A350 XWB,” said Fabrice Bregier, President and CEO of Airbus. "It fills us with pride to see a leading Japanese airline start a new chapter with us. This highlights a very bright and flourishing future for both of us, JAL and Airbus.”
In a typical three-class layout the A350-900 comfortably seats more than 300 passengers on routes as long as 8,100 nautical miles (nm). The A350-1000 is the largest member of the A350 XWB Family, seating 350 passengers on even longer missions up to 8,400 nm. All A350 XWB models are equipped with the new Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.  
Over 70 percent of the A350 XWB’s weight-efficient airframe is made from advanced materials combining composites (53 percent), titanium and advanced aluminium alloys. In addition to innovative materials, the A350 XWB brings together the very latest in aerodynamics, design and advanced technologies and provides significant improvement in fuel efficiency compared with competing models.
To date, the A350 XWB MSN1 has completed around 300 flight test hours out of the campaign’s total 2,500 hours which are to be achieved by five flight test A350’s over the next 12 months. Entry into commercial service of the A350-900 is scheduled for the second half of 2014. With this latest commitment, Airbus has recorded more than 750 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 38 customers worldwide.
* Before the merger by Japan Airlines and Japan Air Systems (JAS), JAS ordered Airbus aircraft. 

Airbus Updates No.1123

A strategic A350 XWB order from Japan Airlines expands Airbus’ presence in the Japanese market

Japan Airlines’ order for 31 A350 XWBs brings the first Japanese carrier into the customer list for this next-generation extra-widebody jetliner, and further expands Airbus’ market presence in the island nation for its jetliner product line.
Today’s announcement of this important booking – involving both the benchmark A350-900 and longer-fuselage A350-1000 versions – makes Japan Airlines the seventh currently-operating Japanese carrier to have chosen Airbus’ family of modern commercial aircraft, joining AirAsia Japan (soon to be re-designated as Vanilla Air), All Nippon Airways, Jetstar Japan, Peach Aviation, Skymark Airlines and Starflyer.
Airbus aircraft in the region will double during the next five years and the company’s Japanese delivery backlog percentage has tripled from two years ago – representing its growing commercial success in Japan.  
Japanese operators have now selected every Airbus modern widebody jetliner type, with Skymark Airlines acquiring six A380s and arranging the lease of 10 A330s. The single-aisle A320 Family has become a cornerstone in fleets of the country’s low-cost carriers, as highlighted by this year’s 100th delivery of an Airbus aircraft to Japan: an A320 received by JetStar Japan. 
Airbus has fostered strong industrial connections in the region, with Japanese companies such as Bridgestone, Panasonic, Yokogawa Electric and Minebea contributing to all of Airbus’ current production aircraft.  In addition, Toray and Toho Tenax signed a long-term agreement in 2010 to supply carbon fibre for the company’s jetliners.
Japanese partnerships with Airbus range from 17 companies for the double-deck A380, to 12 each for the A320 and A330 families, as well as four for the A350 XWB. 
Airbus also benefits from research and technology cooperation in Japan, including: composite research in partnership with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA); and Japan’s Research and Development Institute for Metal and Composites for Future Industries (RIMCOF) – in developing structural health monitoring technology.
Airbus delivered its first aircraft to the Japanese market some three decades ago – an A300 received by TOA Domestic Airlines – and the company established an in-country presence in 2001 with its Airbus Japan operation

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Airbus Updates No.1122

 Airbus A320  -214  5746     F-OMRD  MEA Middle East  delivery 02oct13 TLS-BEY, SkyTeam cs   ex F-EEDY
 Airbus A320  -214  5752     PR-TYF  TAM  delivery 30sep-01oct13 TLS-SID-CNF   ex F-WWIA
 Airbus A320  -214  5754     PR-ONS  Avianca Brasil  delivery 30sep13 TLS-TFS-NAT  ex F-WWIB
 Airbus A320  -216  5762     HS-BBF  Thai Air Asia  delivery 01-02oct13 TLS-SHJ-DMK   ex F-WWIY
 Airbus A320  -232  5776     N522VL  Volaris  delivery 02oct13 XFW-KEF-BGR-TLC   ex D-AXAB
Airbus A321  -211  1629     D-ALSA  Air Berlin  ferried 05oct13 MUC-BUD prior delivery to?   ex D-AVZC
 Airbus A321  -211  3070     VQ-BQH  S7 Airlines  delivery 05oct13 OSR-DME after paint  ex CN-ROM
 Airbus A321  -231  5774     HL8281  Asiana  delivery 01oct13 XFW-OVB  ex D-AZAW
 Airbus A321  -211  5779    VP-BPO  UTair Aviation  delivery 04oct13 XFW-HMA  ex D-AZAX

Airbus Updates No.1121

Airbus A300  B4-203F  274     N830JM  Southern Aircraft Charters   regd 30sep13, parked at LDE, to be ops for Transcarga   ex EI-DHL
 Airbus A319  -132  1140     A6-SAA  Air Serbia  delivery 29-30sep13 GYR-BGR-DUB, N-reg   ex N473TA
 Airbus A319  -112  3905     OY-RCI  Atlantic Airways  delivery 04oct13 ATH-FAE  ex SX-OAJ
 Airbus A319  -112  5789     N9010R  American Airlines  delivery 01oct13 XFW-BGR-DFW  ex D-AVXI
 Airbus A320  -211  278     F-GHQO  Air France  ferried 02oct13 TLS-CHR for part-out & scrap?  
 Airbus A320  -212  466     LY-VES  Avion Express  ferried 24-25sep13 BTS-FJR-DMK, 27/30sep13 with R Airlines titl   ex N466AG
 Airbus A320  -231  476     XU-ZAB  Skywings Asia Airlines  ferried 01-02oct13 IEV-ATQ-PNH after summer-lease to Aviatrans-K   ex N476PB
 Airbus A320  -232  932     EI-FDG  BOC Aviation  seen regd at DUB 02oct13 ( + 943 EI-FDH ex SU-TCB)  ex SU-TCA
 Airbus A320  -214  2003     G-KKAZ  Thomas Cook Airlines  ferried 01oct13 LGW-MAN prior return to lessor  ex C-FZAZ
 Airbus A320  -232  2817     OY-KAW  SAS  delivery 04oct13 DUB-CPH  ex M-ABFP
 Airbus A320  -232  2987     LY-SPB  Small Planet Airways  ferried 30sep-01oct13 VNO-CIT-BKK-PBH, on wet-lease to Bhutan Airlines with titl, basic LLC cs   ex P4-UAS
 Airbus A320  -214  3157     VP-BRZ  Aeroflot  ferried 03oct13 BTS-SVO with Olympic flame transport decals applied   ex F-WWDM
Airbus A320-200 [VP-BRZ]
 Airbus A320  -232  5182     A7-AHV  Qatar Airways  ferried 05oct13 TLS-DOH, F-reg prior delivery later this year  ex F-WWBG