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Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Airbus Updates No.994

Airbus A319-100 [VP-CAN]

Airbus Updates No.993


Sri Lanka to get 10 new Airbus aircraft

AFP © Sri Lanka to get 10 new Airbus aircraft


    COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka is set to re-fleet its loss-making national carrier with 10 new Airbus aircraft in a deal that could be worth over $2.5 billion, a government official and a media report said on Sunday.
    SriLankan Airlines will also secure an aircraft maintenance facility at the country's newest international airport in the south of the country as part of the deal with Airbus, the official said, asking not to be named
    "There would be a financing package that will go along with this re-fleeting," said the official. "The aircraft would be acquired over the next seven years."

    The privately-run Colombo-based Sunday Times newspaper said Sri Lanka's cabinet approved more than $2.5 billion for the re-fleeting programme of SriLankan Airlines which is set to retire its ageing fleet of long-haul aircraft.

    The paper said the government approved an initial payment of $80 million for the re-fleeting of the carrier which made a loss of $164 million last year.

    It will get six new Airbus A330-300 and four new A350-900 aircraft, all fitted with Rolls Royce engines, the newspaper said.

    There was no immediate comment from SriLankan Airlines or the aviation minister Priyankara Jayaratne who is reported to have proposed the re-fleeting deal with Airbus.

    The carrier operates a fleet of 22 aircraft -- six A340-300 aircraft, seven A330-200/243, eight A320-200 and one De Havilland Twin Otter.

    SriLankan Airlines ended its management contract with Emirates of Dubai in 2008 and since then has been making substantial losses.

    Airbus Updates No.992


    Wizz Air Hungary takes delivery of its first Airbus Sharklet equipped A320

    29 April 2013Press Release

    Wizz Air Hungary, the largest Central and Eastern European low cost - low fare airline, has taken delivery of its first A320 aircraft equipped with Sharklet fuel saving wing tip devices. The carrier becomes one of the first Eastern European Airlines to do so, following the delivery in March of the first A320 with Sharklets to Wizz Air Ukraine. Wizz Air’s cumulative orders stand at 112 aircraft. Including this delivery, Wizz Air Hungary’s in service fleet rises to 38 A320 Family aircraft.

    Sharklets are newly designed wing-tip devices that improve the aircraft’s aerodynamics and significantly cut the airline’s fuel burn and emissions by four per cent on longer sectors. Sharklets are an option on A320 Family aircraft. They offer the flexibility to A320 Family operators of either adding around 100 nautical miles more range or allowing an increased payload capability of up to 450 kilograms. 

    Airbus Updates No.991


    Nepal Airlines selects the Airbus A320 for fleet modernisation

    Sharklet equipped to save up to four percent in fuel burn

    29 April 2013Press Release

    Nepal’s national flag carrier, Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to buy two Airbus A320 aircraft equipped with Sharklet fuel saving wing tip devices. Sharklets deliver up to four percent savings in fuel consumption making the aircraft a cornerstone of NAC’s fleet modernisation.

    The A320 was chosen for its unbeatable economics, its unique performance capability required for high altitude airport operations and its flexibility that enables it to be deployed on a wide variety of routes.
    “For a landlocked nation, aviation really is our window to the world and the world’s window to us. Nepal offers explorers, trekkers and pleasure seekers a wide range of cultural, ecological and outdoor pursuits. Adding the A320 to our fleet, will help us to capitalise on tourism growth and to enhance our network using the most fuel efficient aircraft available,” said Madan Kharel, Managing Director, Nepal Airlines Corporation.

    The A320 is fully equipped to benefit from Required Navigation Performance (RNP) allowing the aircraft to fly precisely along predefined routes using state-of-the-art onboard navigation systems. This is particularly useful for operations at high altitude airports which are constrained by mountains such as Kathmandu.
    “The A320 is the most capable and efficient aircraft that can serve challenging airports like Kathmandu. The Sharklets will deliver four per cent less fuel burn, so for a landlocked nation such as Nepal, these aircraft will be a lifeline and economic driver for prosperity. We are delighted to welcome Nepal Airlines as our newest customer,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer, Customers.

    NAC was incorporated on 1 July 1958 through the enactment of the Nepal Airlines Corporation Act. 1962. The Airline currently flies to four international destinations and 25 spectacular domestic locations in the heart of the Himalayas.

    The A320 Family, which includes the A318, A319, A320 and A321, is recognised as the benchmark single-aisle aircraft family. More than 9,400 Airbus A320 Family aircraft have been sold to more than 385 customers and operators worldwide, making it the world’s best selling commercial jetliner ever. 

    Airbus Updates No.990


    Airbus A319  -112  654     D-AKNG  germanwings  ferried 27apr13 FRA-SXF prior paint and transfer  ex D-AVYK
    Airbus A319  -111  2249     CC-AJF  Sky Airline  in full cs 27apr13 at SNN, VQ-reg prior delivery  ex VQ-BMN
    Airbus A320  -212  426    YL-LCH  smartLynx Airlines   ferried 30apr13 RIX-LGW on summer-lease to Thomas Cook   ex 4X-ABH
     Airbus A320  -214  533     YL-LCL  smartLynx Airlines  ferried 29/30apr13 SSG-LPA-NCL after wet-lease to Cronos Air / to Thomas Cook, Cronos tail logo  ex EI-DDL
    Airbus A320  -214  1413     G-ZBAH  Monarch Airlines  ferried 28apr13 DUB-MST, EC-reg for paint prior delivery   ex EC-KBU
    Airbus A320  -214  3068     9H-AEQ  Air Malta  ferried 28apr13 OSR-MLA after paint into new cs  ex F-WWIJ
     Airbus A320  -214  4600     OE-ICD  GECAS  ferried 29apr13 OSR-AUH after storage  ex A9C-BAO
     Airbus A320  -214  4699     OK-HCA  CSA Czech Airlines  ferried 29apr13 JED-PRG after wet-lease to NAS Air   ex F-WWDO
     Airbus A320  -214  5446     B-9928  Spring Airlines  delivery 29apr13 TLS-SVX  ex F-WWIL
    Airbus A320  -214  5560     PK-GLT  Citilink  delivery 29-30apr13 TLS-SHJ-CMB-CGK  ex D-AUBA
    Airbus A320  -232  5604     HA-LWR  Wizz Air  delivery 29apr13 TLS-BUD  ex F-WWDZ
     Airbus A320  -232  5608    HA-LWS  Wizz Air  delivery 30apr13 TLS-BUD  ex F-WWIA
    Airbus A321  -231  1060     EI-FBF  ILFC  ferried 28-29apr13 CTU-TAS-BAK-SNN, Sichuan cs for paint into? (+ 1293 EI-FBH)  ex B-6285
     Airbus A321  -231  1843     VQ-BRN  Nordwind Airlines  delivery 29apr13 SEN-SVO  ex D-ALAB
    Airbus A330  -343  670     EC-LXA  Air Europa  for delivery and paint may13 ex PMI, CS-TRM ntu   ex OE-ICB
     Airbus A330  -243  1402     B-5921  China Eastern  delivery 27apr13 TLS-PVG  ex F-WWYF
     Airbus A330  -302  1405     EC-LUX  Iberia  onward delivery 28apr13 ZRH-MAD after paint  ex F-WWTO



    Saturday, 27 April 2013

    Airbus Updates No.989


    Airbus A319  -132  1140     N473TA  Volaris  ferried 26apr13 SAL-SAN-GYR on return to lessor   ex D-AVYP
    Airbus A319  -131  2621     EI-EYA  BBAM/Fly Leasing   ferried 27apr13 SAW-DUB  ex VT-KFH
    Airbus A320  -231  376     UR-CKS  Khors Air  delivery 26apr13 BCM-IEV  ex SX-BTP
     Airbus A320  -214  888     D-AHH?  Hamburg Airways  at SEN 26apr13 in full cs, EI-reg prior delivery  ex EI-EZA
    Airbus A320  -232  2649     VP-BJH  Nordwind Airlines  delivery 25apr13 AMM-SVO   ex F-OHGV
    Airbus A320  -214  5571     PK-GLU  Citilink  delivery 26-27apr13 TLS-SHJ-CMB-CGK   ex D-AUBB
    Airbus A320  -214  5587  1923  EC-LVP  Vueling  delivery 26apr13 TLS-BCN  ex F-WWBY
    Airbus A320  -232  5596     9V-TRI  Tiger Airways  delivery 27apr13 TLS-DWC-SIN  ex F-WWDQ
     Airbus A320  -232  5598     JA11JJ  Jetstar Japan  delivery 27apr13 TLS-AUH  ex F-WWDR
    Airbus A320  -232  5602     B-9917  Chins Southern  delivery 26apr13 TLS-SVX  ex F-WWDY
     Airbus A320  -232  5604     HA-LWR  Wizz  for delivery 27apr13 TLS-BUD  ex F-WWDZ
    Airbus A321  -213  5573     B-6973  Air China  delivery 27apr13 XFW-OVB  ex D-AVZR
     Airbus A321  -231  5575     B-9907  China Eastern  delivery 27apr13 XFW-OVB  ex D-AZAF
     Airbus A330  -223  324     OO-SFU  Brussels Airlines  ferried 26apr13 ZRH-MLA prior onward delivery  ex M-ABFL
     Airbus A330  -223  358     LV-  Aerolineas Argentinas  ferried 26apr13 LDE-LPBJ, EI-reg prior delivery   ex EI-CXF
     Airbus A330  -243  1402     B-5921  China Eastern  delivery 27apr13 TLS-PVG  ex F-WWYF
    Airbus A330  -343  1409     B-LBA  Cathay Pacific  delivery 26apr13 TLS-HKG  ex F-WWTV
    Airbus A340  -313  190    CS-TQY  HiFly  delivery 25/26apr13 DXB-LIS-BRU, all white, A6-reg   ex A6-ERQ
    Airbus A330-200 [F-WJKF / HC-COH]

    Thursday, 25 April 2013

    Airbus Updates No.988


    LAN and TAM take delivery of first Airbus A320s with Sharklets

    23 April 2013Press Release

    LAN and TAM Airlines, two of Latin America’s leading airlines and part of the LATAM Airlines Group -- one of Airbus largest customers in terms of orders, in-service aircraft and backlog -- took delivery of their first Airbus A320s equipped with Sharklets. Powered by CFM, the LAN and TAM aircraft were delivered this week and will begin operating domestic routes within Chile and Brazil. The two airlines combined have ordered 380 aircraft and have more than 240 aircraft in operation. Their joint Airbus backlog totals nearly 180 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 allow Airbus’ airline customers to reduce fuel burn up to four percent over longer sectors and reduce approximately 1,000 tons of CO2 emissions per aircraft per year. Sharklets offer operators the flexibility of either adding an additional 100 nautical miles range or increased payload capability of up to 450 kilograms.

    Airbus Updates No.987


    China’s CAS signs GTA with Airbus for 60 aircraft

    Eco-efficient Airbus aircraft support fast growing Chinese civil aviation

    25 April 2013Press Release

    China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS) has signed a General Terms Agreement (GTA) with Airbus for the purchase of 60 Airbus aircraft, which includes 42 A320 Family aircraft and 18 A330 aircraft.
    The GTA was signed today at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing by Li Hai, President and CEO of CAS and Fabrice Brégier, President and CEO of Airbus in the presence of the visiting French President François Hollande and the Chinese President Xi Jinping. It was part of a series of France-China agreements signed today.

    “We are delighted to receive a new order from our long-standing customer CAS for both the Airbus best-selling single aisle A320 Family and wide-body A330 Family,” said Fabrice Brégier, President and CEO of Airbus. “The A320’s high reliability and low operational cost has made it very popular with Chinese airlines. As congestion puts pressure on airports in large cities in China, the A330 is an excellent solution as larger aircraft can transport more passengers with less flights. The comfort of the A330’s spacious cabin is also appealing to passengers. These eco-efficient Airbus aircraft will contribute to the growth and success of China’s aviation sector,” said Fabrice Brégier.

    By the end of March 2013, there were some 750 A320 Family aircraft in operation with 14 Chinese airlines and more than 110 A330s in operation with six operators.

    More than 9,400 A320 Family aircraft have been ordered and more than 5,500 delivered to more than 385 customers and operators worldwide reaffirming its position as the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft Family. With 99.7 per cent reliability and extended servicing periods, the A320 Family has the lowest operating costs of any single aisle aircraft. Uniquely, the A320 Family offers a containerized cargo system, which is compatible with the worldwide standard wide-body system.

    The A330 Family, which spans 250 to 300 seats, and includes Freighter, VIP, and Military Transport/Tanker variants, has now attracted more than 1,200 orders, with around 900 aircraft flying with some 90 operators worldwide. Ever since the original version of the A330-300 entered service, the hallmark has been its very efficient operating economics. Thanks to the introduction of numerous product improvements, it still remains the most cost-efficient and capable aircraft in its class and the family is achieving average dispatch reliability above 99 percent.

    Airbus Updates No.986


    Airbus A319  -111  2465     EI-EYL  Rossiya  delivery 24apr13 OSR-LED after cabin config   ex N940FR
    Airbus A319  -132  5569     D-AGWX  germanwings  delivery 25apr13 XFW-OSR for paint   ex D-AVYO
    Airbus A320  -233  1339     HC-COE  TAME Ecuador  ferried 25apr13 POA-GRU in full cs, PR-reg prior delivery   ex PR-MBM
     Airbus A320  -214  1372     EC-LVC  Vueling  delivery 24apr13 OSR-BCN  ex OE-IBQ
    Airbus A320  -232  1922     VH-YUD  Skywest  delivery 24-25apr13 SOF-MCT-XSP, all wh, for paint into Virgin Australia cs   ex G-MEDH
     Airbus A320  -214  1975     OO-TCI  Thomas Cook Belgium  1st in svc 23apr13 BRU-LPA vv with special Gran Canaria cs, left side only  ex EI-BDB
    Airbus A320  -214  5585     VP-BLR  Aeroflot  delivery 24apr13 TLS-SVO  ex F-WWBQ
     Airbus A320  -214  5591     PR-MYY  TAM  delivery 24-25apr13 TLS-SID-CNF  ex F-WWDC
     Airbus A321  -231  2793     G-ZBAG  Monarch Airlines  delivery 22-23apr13 BEY-LCA-LTN, 5B-reg after paint   ex 5B-DCP
     Airbus A321  -212  5567     HB-ION  Swiss International  delivery 25apr13 XFW-ZRH  ex D-AVZG
    Airbus A321-200 [HB-ION]
     Airbus A330  -243F  1406     A7-AFZ  Qatar Airways Cargo  delivery 24apr13 TLS-DOH  ex F-WWTS
    Airbus A340  -312  5     EC-KCL  Iberia  ferried 24-25apr13 MAD-BGR-GYR for part-out & scrap   ex F-GLZA

    Wednesday, 24 April 2013

    Airbus Updates No.985


    Accident: Singapore A333 near Bangkok on Apr 22nd 2013, cargo fire

    By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Apr 23rd 2013 19:18Z, last updated Tuesday, Apr 23rd 2013 19:18Z

    A Singapore Airlines Airbus A330-300, registration 9V-STO performing flight SQ-446 from Singapore (Singapore) to Dhaka (Bangladesh) with 117 passengers, was enroute at FL350 about 120nm southwest of Bangkok (Thailand) when the crew received a cargo fire indication, activated the cargo fire suppression system and decided to divert to Bangkok. During the descent towards Bangkok a burning smell developed on board of the aircraft. The aircraft landed safely on Bangkok's runway 19R about 20 minutes later. Emergency services responded, after opening the aft cargo door a plume of smoke became visible, fire services sprayed the cargo bay and needed more than 2 hours to control the situation. There were no injuries, the cargo was damaged, the damage to the aircraft is being assessed.

    Thailand's accident investigation board has opened an investigation.

    Tuesday, 23 April 2013

    Airbus Updates No.984


     Airbus A319  -112  1209     D-AKNR  germanwings  ferried 22apr13 OSR-CGN after paint into new cs  ex N736US
    Airbus A319  -132  3352     D-AGWH  germanwings  ferried 22apr13 CGN-SOR for paint into new cs  ex D-AVYX
    Airbus A320  -232  3812     SX-OAR  Olympic Airways  ferried 23apr13 ATH-DNR for paint into?  ex D-AVVE
    Airbus A320  -216  5593     HS-BBD  Thai Air Asia  delivery 23apr13 TLS-SHJ-DMK  ex F-WWDN
    Airbus A321  -231  1421     G-OZBZ  Monarch Airlines  ferried 23apr13 BOH-LTN after paint   ex TC-OAN
    Airbus A321  -231  5558     B-9906  China Eastern  delivery 23-24apr13 XFW-OVB-PVG   ex D-AVZF
    Airbus A330  -343  1408     HS-TBG  Thai International  delivery 23apr13 TLS-FRA for seat installation   ex F-WWRI
     Airbus A330  -343  1411     9M-XXI  Air Asia X   delivery 23apr13 TLS-KUL  ex F-WWCM

    Airbus Updates No.983



     Airbus A319  -131  2634    HS-PPF  Bangkok Air  ferried 21apr13 SNN-DUB, EI-reg after paint prior delivery  ex EI-EXZ
    Airbus A320  -211  115     F-GHQE  Air Corsica  in svc at ORY 21apr13, all wh + billboard titl after transfer
       Airbus A320-200 [F-GHQE]
     Airbus A320  -231  230     N790JM  Jet Midwest Group  regd 18apr13, ferried 22apr13 CHR-KEF-BGR-MCI   ex UR-DAB
     Airbus A320  -211  235     UR-WRK  Windrose Air  ferried 22apr13 MPL-DOK after paint prior re-registration  ex UR-DAE
     Airbus A320  -211  279     YL-LCJ  smartLynx Airlines   in svc 21apr13 AYT-EIN-AYT with Corendon titl & tail cs on summer-lease  ex N549CL
     Airbus A320-200 [YL-LCJ]
     Airbus A320  -214  936     YL-LCK  smartLynx Airlines  delivery 19apr13 WOE-LYS, Condor titl & logo prior wet-lease may-oct13   ex OE-IBU
    Airbus A320-200 [YL-LCK]
     Airbus A320  -232  1194     TC-SKT  Sky Airlines  ferried 23apr13 IST-LDE on return to lessor  ex G-MEDE
    Airbus A320  -214  1450     OE-ICC  GECAS  ferried 23apr13 PRG-WOE, 4L-FGD flyGeorgia ntu   ex OK-GEB
     Airbus A320  -214  1450     4L-FGD  flyGeorgia  regd by GECAS as OE-ICC 20apr13 at PRG prior delivery   ex OK-GEB
    Airbus A320  -232  2863     LZ-BHH  BH Air  ferried 22-23apr13 RGN-SHJ-SOF after winter-lease to Myanmar Int´l   ex VT-INB
    Airbus A320  -214  3242     F-HBIO  Aigle Azur  for delivery 23apr13 BUD-ORY, new cs  ex D-ABDR
     Airbus A320  -232  3316     SX-DGJ  Aegean Airlines  posn / 1st in svc 22/23apr13 ATH-HER-DOL-HER   ex SX-OAH
    Airbus A321  -231  2793     G-ZBAG  Monarch Airlines  ferried 22apr13 BEY-LCA, 5B-reg after paint prior delivery   ex 5B-DCP
    Airbus A330  -302  1405     EC-LUX  Iberia  delivery 19apr13 TLS-ZRH, all white   ex F-WWTO
     Airbus A330  -243  1407     VH-XFG  Virgin Australia  delivery 20apr13 TLS-MEL, eet 18:40   ex F-WWTU


    Monday, 22 April 2013

    Airbus Updates No.982


    IAG and British Airways select the A350

    A350-1000 to take major role in British Airways future long-haul

    22 April 2013Press Release

    After a thorough selection process, International Airline Group (IAG), and British Airways have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to buy 18 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft plus 18 options, as part of the airline’s on-going long-haul aircraft fleet renewal and modernisation strategy.

    IAG, owner of both British Airways and Iberia, has also secured commercial terms and delivery slots that could lead to firm orders for Iberia. Firm orders will only be made when Iberia is in a position to grow profitably, having restructured and reduced its cost base.

    The choice of the A350-1000 follows British Airways’ decision in 2007 to buy 12 Airbus A380s, the first of which will be delivered this summer. Operating the A380 and A350 together delivers real value to the world’s leading airlines because it allows them to match aircraft capacity to traffic demand on any route.

    “The A350-1000 will bring many benefits to our fleet. Its size and range will be an excellent fit for our existing network and, with lower unit costs, there is an opportunity to operate a new range of destinations profitably. This will not only bring greater flexibility to our network but also more choice for our customer,” said Willie Walsh, IAG Chief Executive.

    Across all its aircraft families Airbus’ unique approach ensures that aircraft share the highest commonality in airframes, on-board systems, cockpits and handling characteristics. This reduces significantly operating costs for airlines. In addition, with only minimal additional training, pilots can transition between these aircraft more efficiently.
    “This is an important announcement from one of the world’s most respected and influential airline brands,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “The A380 and the A350 are perfectly matched for greener long haul operations and demonstrate environmental leadership. We are simply delighted that British Airways has chosen the A350 to spread its global wings and its iconic livery.”

    The A350-1000 is the largest member of the A350 XWB (Xtra Wide-Body) Family seating up to 350 passengers in three classes, with a range capability of 8,400 nautical miles (15,500 km). The A350 XWB Family includes the A350-900 and A350-800 seating 314 and 270 passengers respectively, offering airlines the ability to match the aircraft to their network needs and thereby guaranteeing optimum revenue potential. Compared to its nearest established competitor, the A350 XWB Family reduces fuel burn by 25 per cent.

    British Airways currently operates a total of 112 A320 Family aircraft. It is one of the world’s only airlines to operate all members of the A320 Family (A318, A319, A320 and A321). British Airways first became an Airbus operator in 1988, when it began flying A320s. The airline added the A319s to its fleet in 1999 and the A321 in 2004. 

    Airbus Updates No.981


    Tail section for Qatar Airways’ first A380 rolls out of paint shop

    22 April 2013Press Release

    The vertical tail section for the first A380 for Qatar Airways has been painted with the airline’s trademark oryx logo at Airbus facilities in Hamburg. The painting was completed earlier this week and the assembly of the airline’s first A380 is set to begin this month, for delivery in early 2014.

    The distinctive Qatar Airways logo is comprised of a violet oryx with silver streaks and the paint was applied over a period of 10 days.

    Qatar Airways will become the eleventh operator of the A380 when it takes delivery of its first aircraft in 2014. The airline has firm orders for ten A380s and will operate the aircraft on its most premier routes.

    Saturday, 20 April 2013

    Airbus Updates No.980


     Airbus A319  -114  1582     N333NB  Delta Air Lines  ferried 18apr13 MZJ-SAL after storage prior rtn to svc  ex D-AVYA
    Airbus A320  -214  936     YL-LCK  smartLynx Airlines  delivery 19apr13 WOE-LYS  ex OE-IBU
    Airbus A320  -214  4415     RP-C8388  PAL Express  in svc at HKG 20apr13 in full standard Philippines cs, ex AirPhil Express   ex F-WWIZ
    Airbus A321  -212  798     F-GTAE  Air France  positioned 18apr13 TLS-CDG after paint into SkyTeam cs   ex D-AVZN
     Airbus A321  -211  5549     HZ-ASW  Saudi Arabian Airlines  delivery 20apr13 XFW-JED  ex D-AVZD

    Friday, 19 April 2013

    Airbus Updates No.979


    Airbus A318  -121  3642     CC-CZS  LAN Airlines  ferried 15apr13 SCL-GYE-MEX, for Avianca Brasil   ex D-AUAJ
    Airbus A319  -111  2186     OY-RCH  Atlantic Airlines  to be leased may-oct13 from Air Malta  ex 9H-AEJ
     Airbus A319  -111  2436     CC-AID  Sky Airline  delivery 16-17apr13 SEN-YYR-KIN-SCL   ex G-EZIC
    Airbus A320  -232  1383     SE-RJF  SAS  delivery 17apr13 SNN-CPH  ex EC-KOX
     Airbus A320  -214  2768     9H-AEO  Air Malta  ferried 18apr13 OSR-MLA after tail section repaint into new cs  ex F-WWDK
    Airbus A320-200 [9H-AEO]
     Airbus A320  -214  3068     9H-AEQ  Air Malta  ferried 17apr13 MLA-OSR for paint into new cs  ex F-WWIJ
    Airbus A320  -232  5158  498  LZ-MDR  Via Airlines  ferried 16apr13 SOF-RUH on wet-lease to NAS Air  ex D-AXAC
     Airbus A320  -214  5548     CC-BFK  LAN Airlines  delivery 18-19apr13 XFW-LPA-REC-SCL   ex D-AXAW
     Airbus A320  -214  5554     CC-BFL  LAN Airlines  delivery 19-20apr13 XFW-LPA-REC-SCL   ex D-AXAY
     Airbus A320  -214  5557     D-AIZS  Lufthansa  delivery 19apr13 XFW-FRA  ex D-AXAZ
     Airbus A320  -214  5576     A6-ANQ  Air Arabia  delivery 18apr13 TLS-SHJ  ex F-WWIZ
     Airbus A320  -214  5578     VP-BLP  Aeroflot  delivery 18apr13 TLS-SVO "A.Popov"   ex F-WWBN
    Airbus A320  -214  5581     G-ZBAB  Monarch  delivery 18apr13 TLS-MAN  ex F-WWIY
     Airbus A321  -211  781     UR-WRO  Windrose Air  delivery 15apr13 SNN-KBP, all white  ex G-OOPH
     Airbus A321  -231  5519     B-9905  China Eastern  delivery 16apr13 XFW-OVB  ex D-AZAR
    Airbus A321  -231  5543     B-6968  Sichuan Airlines  delivery 16-17apr13 XFW-OVB-CTU   ex D-AVZB
     Airbus A321  -231  5546     TC-JSH  Turkish Airlines  delivery 17apr13 XFW-IST  ex D-AVZC
     Airbus A321  -231  5555     VN-A604  Vietnam Airlines  delivery 18apr13 XFW-BAK-HAN  ex D-AVZE
     Airbus A330  -243  345     TS-  Syphax Airlines  seen painted at BOD 19apr13 prior delivery  ex F-WJKG
     Airbus A330  -223  927     5N-JID  Arik Air  ferried 16apr13 CHR-BOD, EI-reg after paint prior delivery  ex EI-EWG
    Airbus A340  -541  1091     9K-GBA  Government of Kuwait  delivery 15/17apr13 SKF-TLS-KWI, after cabin config, regd at TLS   ex F-WJKH
    Airbus A340-500 [9K-GBA]

    Monday, 15 April 2013

    Airbus Updates No.978


    Airbus A300  -605R  603     TC-OAZ  Onur Air  ferried 10/14apr13 AYT-IST-KBP   ex SX-BEM
     Airbus A300  -605R  744     TC-OAA  Onur Air  ferried 13apr13 IST-KBP  ex N744LF
    Airbus A319  -112  1077     D-AKNK  germanwings  ferried 15apr13 OSR-CGN after paint into new cs  ex N718UW
     Airbus A319  -111  1180     EC-HGS  Iberia  all wh, ferried 15apr13 MAD-SNN on return to lessor   ex D-AVWR
     Airbus A319  -112  1209     D-AKNR  germanwings  ferried 14apr13 CGN-OSR for paint into new cs  ex N736US
     Airbus A319  -111  2214     CC-AIY  Sky Airline  ferried 05/12apr13 DUB-SNN-DUB, VQ-reg for paint prior delivery   ex VQ-BMO
    Airbus A319  -111  3054     EI-EPT  Aer Lingus  delivery 13apr13 MAD-DUB  ex EC-KBJ
     Airbus A319  -132  4192     PT-TMD  TAM  at BSB 14apr13 in standard cs, ex retro cs  ex D-AVYA
     Airbus A319  -115  5451     B-6440  Tibet Airlines  delivery 12apr13 TSN-LXA  ex B-508L
     Airbus A320  -211  235     UR-WRK  Windrose Air  ferried 15apr13 DOK-MPL for paint, old UR-reg prior re-registration   ex UR-DAE
     Airbus A320  -212  579     UR-WRL  Windrose Air  ferried 15apr13 MPL-DOK after paint prior re-registration  ex UR-DAH
     Airbus A320  -214  1347     N217NV  Allegiant Air  seen painted at MAD 09apr13 (+ 1318 N216NV ex EC-HUK)  ex EC-HUL
    Airbus A320  -232  3086     OY-KAP  SAS  ferried 15apr13 AMM-SNN, VT-reg after paint prior delivery  ex VT-INI
    Airbus A330  -343  1403     HB-JHN  Swiss International  delivery 15apr13 TLS-ZRH  ex F-WWYI
     Airbus A330  -243  1404    N392HA  Hawaiian Airlines  delivery 12apr13 TLS-LAX  ex F-WWYM

    Friday, 12 April 2013

    Airbus Updates No.977


    Airbus A319  -131  2634     HS-PPF  Bangkok Airways  ferried 12apr13 DUB-SNN, EI-reg for paint prior delivery  ex EI-EXZ
     Airbus A319  -111  3054     EI-EPT  Aer Lingus  delivery 12apr13 MAD-DUB  ex EC-KBJ
     Airbus A320  -232  1922     VH-YUD  Skywest  ferroed 12apr13 LGW-SOF, all white, G-reg prior delivery  ex G-MEDH
     Airbus A320  -214  1983     EI-EZW  Aer Lingus  delivery XSP-MLE-AUH-SOF-DUB 10-11apr13, Virgin Atlantic cs "Rosie Lee" prior wet-lease ops   ex I-EEZF
     Airbus A320  -233  2791     G-POWI  Titan Airways  delivery 11apr13 SNN-STN, EI-reg, all white  ex EI-TAG
    Airbus A320  -232  3748     SX-OAQ  Olympic Airways  ferried 12apr13 ATH-DNR on return to lessor  ex F-WWBQ
    Airbus A320  -214  5552     VT-GOM  Go Air  delivery 11-12apr13 XFW-ESB-DEL   ex D-AXAX
    Airbus A321  -231  1421     G-OZBZ  Monarch Airlines  delivery 12apr13 IST-BOH for paint  ex TC-OAN
     Airbus A321  -231  1869     UR-WRJ  Windrose Air  ferried 12apr13 MPL-KBP after paint prior re-registration  ex UR-DAF
     Airbus A321  -231  2730     G-ZBAF  Monarch Airlines  ferried 12apr13 BEY-LCA, 5B-reg after paint prior delivery  ex 5B-DCO
     Airbus A321  -231  2793     G-ZBAG  Monarch Airlines  ferried 11apr13 LCA-BEY, 5B-reg for paint prior delivery   ex 5B-DCP
     Airbus A321  -211ACJ  5538     9H-AGE  Comlux Malta  delivery 12apr13 XFW-ZRH-SVQ for paint   ex D-AVZA
    Airbus A330  -203  925     PH-OAN  KLM  delivery 12apr13 TLS-AMS   ex F-WWKB
     Airbus A330  -243  1008     CS-TFZ  HiFly  positioned 11apr13 BRU-WAW on wet-lease to LOT Polish Airlines   ex F-WWYD

    Wednesday, 10 April 2013

    Airbus Updates No.976


    Airbus plant construction begins in Mobile, Ala.

    Airbus plant construction begins in Mobile, Ala.Construction of Airbus’ A320 family assembly line in Mobile, Ala., officially began Monday with a groundbreaking ceremony at the Mobile Brookley Aeroplex.

    The new assembly line, which is the company’s first production facility in the U.S., will be located at the aeroplex and will facilitate assembly of A319, A320 (pictured above) and A321 aircraft. It will employ as many as 1,000 high-skilled workers.

    Airbus is an EADS company, and EADS CEO Tom Enders helped lead the celebrations. More than 1,000 people including many EADS and other Airbus executives, government and industry officials and local community members attended the event.

    “Our customers need more aircraft that cut fuel burn, emissions and operating costs,” president and CEO Fabrice Brégier said at the ceremony. “With this assembly line we will be able to meet our customers’ needs at their doorstep, in addition to the worldwide demand for these efficient aircraft. When this assembly line opens, we will be the only one to assemble aircraft in Asia, the Americas and Europe.”

    Major construction of the facility will begin this summer. Aircraft assembly is planned to begin in 2015, with first delivery of a Mobile-assembled aircraft in 2016.

    At full production, the assembly line and associated facilities will produce up to four aircraft per month.

    Airbus Updates No.975


    Volaris becomes first Mexican airline with Sharklet-equipped A320

    10 April 2013Press Release

    Today, Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris celebrated the delivery of its first Sharklet-equipped Airbus A320 with a special flight from Mexico City to Cancun. Volaris is the first Mexico-based operator of the new fuel-saving wing tip devices. The flight today showcased the aircraft efficiency to official representatives from France, Germany, Spain and United Kingdom who were onboard and accompanied by Volaris and Airbus executives. The aircraft is powered by IAE engines.

    Sharklets are made from light-weight composites and are 2.4 meters tall. They are an option on new-build A320 Family aircraft and allow Airbus’ airline customers to reduce fuel burn up to four percent over longer sectors and reduce approximately 1,000 tons of CO2 emissions per aircraft per year. Sharklets offer operators the flexibility of either adding an additional 100 nautical miles range or increased payload capability of up to 450 kilograms.

    Volaris has been the first carrier in Mexico to order the A320neo, with a purchase agreement for 44 aircraft, including 30 A320neo and 14 A320ceo. The airline, which has an all-Airbus fleet, currently operates 43 A320 Family aircraft and has a backlog of 48. 

    Airbus Updates No.974


    Airbus A319  -112  2387     N302NV  Allegiant Air  positioned 03apr13 SAT-IWA prior svc entry  ex HB-JZN
     Airbus A320  -212  409     EC-  Cosmo Airlines  ferried 05apr13 QLA-WOE, N-reg for paint  ex N409AG
     Airbus A320  -231  424     C5-  Aeolus Air  delivery 05apr13 MPL-KRT, F-reg, all white  ex F-WTDF
     Airbus A320  -233  2791     G-POWI  Titan Airways  for delivery 10apr13 SNN-STN, EI-reg, all white  ex EI-TAG
    Airbus A320  -214  3242     F-  Aigle Azur  ferried 09apr13 OSR-BUD, D-reg, after paint into new cs prior delivery  ex D-ABDR
     Airbus A320-200 [D-ABDR]
    Airbus A320  -232  4270     LZ-MDC  Via Airlines  positioned 09apr13 DGX-KEF after paint into Wow Air cs  ex F-WWBS
     Airbus A320  -232  5158     LZ-MDR  Via Airlines  ferried 08apr13 KEF-SOF after lease to Avion Express   ex D-AXAC
    Airbus A320  -232  5537     VT-IFM  IndiGo Airlines  delivery 10-11apr13 XFW-BAK-DEL   ex D-AXAT
    Airbus A320  -214  5540     JA808P  Peach Aviation  delivery 09apr13 XFW-DWC  ex D-AXAU
     Airbus A320  -214  5542     G-EZWH  easyJet  delivery 09apr13 XFW-MXP  ex D-AXAV
    Airbus A320  -216  5570     EC-LVD  Iberia  delivery 09apr13 TLS-MAD "Valle de Mena"   ex F-WWIT
     Airbus A321  -211  674     F-WTDG  GATX Capital  ferried 09apr13 PRG-DGX, basic CSA cs  ex OK-CEC
     Airbus A321  -231  1869     UR-WRJ  Windrose Air  ferried 10apr13 MPL-KBP after paint prior re-registration  ex UR-DAF
     Airbus A330  -343  662     B-HWG  Dragonair  ferried 09/10apr13 XMN-HKG-XMN after paint into all wh prior return to lessor   ex F-WWYZ
     Airbus A330  -243  1399     N391HA  Hawaiian Airlines  delivery 10apr13 TLS-LAX "Hokulei"  ex F-WWKT
     Airbus A330  -343  1401     9V-STU  Singapore Airlines  delivery 09apr13 TLS-SIN  ex F-WWKZ

    Monday, 8 April 2013

    Airbus Updates No.973


    Airbus A300  -605R  749     TC-OAB  Onur Air  ferried 07apr13 AYT-KBP (+ 764 TC-OAO 28mar13 IST-KBP, + 584 TC-OAH 05apr13 AYT-KBP)   ex F-WQRD
    Airbus A320  -214  1450     4L-FGD  flyGeorgia  ferried 06apr13 WAW-PRG, OK reg after paint prior delivery  ex OK-GEB
    Airbus A320  -232  2401     TC-JUI  Turkish Airlines  all wh at XSP 06apr13, 9V-reg prior delivery  ex 9V-JSD
    Airbus A320  -214  3289     D-ABDS  Air Berlin  ferried 07apr13 HAM-PRG prior return to lessor  ex F-WWDS
    Airbus A320  -232  5158     LZ-MDR  Via Airlines  ferried 08apr13 KEF-SOF after lease to Avion Express   ex D-AXAC
     Airbus A320  -214  5464     YI-ARD  Iraqi Airways  in svc 06apr13 BGW-IST-EBL-IST-BGW   ex OE-LEQ
     Airbus A320  -233  5531     9V-SLR  Silk Air  delivery 06apr13 XFW-SHJ-SIN  ex D-AXAR
     Airbus A340-500 [4K-AZ85]

    Friday, 5 April 2013

    Airbus Updates No.972


    PICTURES: British Airways rolls out first painted A380


    British Airways' first Airbus A380 has been rolled out of the airframer's paint facility at Hamburg, following the application of its full livery.

    The aircraft, MSN95, and the first long-haul Airbus for the UK carrier, is due to be delivered to BA in July.
    BA says the Rolls-Royce Trent 900-powered aircraft has had its 469-seat cabin installed and will be flown to Toulouse for final checks before handover.

    Its livery includes some 10,000 individual dots on the tailfin to produce the effect of the Union flag.
    BA A380


    BA A380


    BA A380
    British Airways


    "This was a difficult task. You can imagine someone had to peel off the thousands of little dots from a stencil," says A380 paint-shop senior manager Christoph Hettwer. "But now it's finished it looks great."
    BA will use the aircraft on short-haul routes for training before putting it into service on the Los Angeles and Hong Kong routes in October-November.

    Airbus Updates No.971


    Airbus A319  -112  949     HC-COF  TAME  for delivery 06-07apr13 WOE-LPA-FOR-UIO  ex OE-ISR
    Airbus A319  -132  5535     D-AGWW  germanwings  ferried 05apr13 OSR-CGN after paint  ex D-AVYN
     Airbus A320  -231  424     C5-  Aeolus Air  delivery 05apr13 MPL-KRT, F-reg, all white  ex F-WTDF
     Airbus A320  -212  579     UR-WRL  Windrose Air  ferried 05apr13 DOK-MPL for paint prior re-registration   ex UR-DAH
     Airbus A320  -214  1171     EC-LVA  Vueling  delivery 05apr13 DUB-BCN  ex EI-EZE
    Airbus A320  -232  5533     EC-LVO  Vueling  delivery 05apr13 XFW-BCN  ex D-AXAS
     Airbus A320  -214  5559     VP-BOG  S7 Airlines  delivery 05apr13 TLS-OVB  ex F-WWIG
    Airbus A320  -232  5566     VH-VFN  Jetstar Australia  delivery 05apr13 TLS-AAN-SIN  ex F-WWIP
    Airbus A330  -223  927     EI-EWG  Pembroke Capital  ferried 04apr13 BOD-CHR, Kingfisher cs, paint into?   ex VT-VJN

    Airbus Updates No.970


    The month in review: March 2013

    Orders & deliveries

            Airbus                        
      Total orders        12722
            Total deliveries          7774
      In operation          7206

    With 250 orders booked in March and 64 jetliners delivered during the 31-day period, Airbus maintained its strong commercial pace while achieving multiple milestones that reconfirmed the company’s global market leadership.

    This activity brought Airbus’ overall backlog to 4,948 as of 31 March – breaking the industry record again, and ensuring more than seven years of production for the manufacturer.

    Total orders booked for the single-aisle A320 Family have surpassed the 9,400 mark (reaching 9,405), while combined deliveries for the product line exceeded 5,500 (with 5,516 aircraft provided to customers). The A380 programme attained a milestone of its own, as the 100th and 101st deliveries were made to international customers.

    The new business in March involved two contracts, led by Lion Air of Indonesia’s booking for 234 A320 Family aircraft – comprising 109 A320neo, 65 A321neo and 60 A320ceo versions. It adds one of Asia’s fastest-growing and most successful low cost carriers to the growing list of worldwide Airbus customers, and represents the latest major successes for both the new engine option (neo) and current engine option (ceo) variants of this best-selling product line.

    Also ordering A320 Family aircraft during the month was Hawaiian Airlines of the U.S., with a contract for 16 A321neo jetliners. Hawaiian Airlines already operates widebody A330s, and its latest booking is the carrier’s first for the Airbus single-aisle A320 Family.

    The handover of 64 aircraft to customers and operators in March brought the number of deliveries in the year’s first three months to 144, representing a 10 per cent increase when compared to the same period in 2012. It included the history-making delivery of Airbus’ 100th A380 – which was received by Malaysia Airlines. The 101st A380 was delivered eight days later to Thai Airways International.

    Other notable deliveries during the month included the first A330 for Fiji’s national airline, Air Pacific; and two A330-200F freighters (one provided to BOC Aviation for operation by Qatar Airways, and the other for Avianca’s Tampa Cargo). Also in March, three A320s were delivered for airlines in Japan, bringing the total number of Airbus aircraft for Japanese carriers to 100.

    Airbus Updates No.969


    Airbus Regains Top Spot From Boeing In Q1


    Airbus recaptured the aircraft industry's top spot in the first quarter as Boeing fell behind on orders and grappled with the grounding of its newest jet, the 787 Dreamliner, data from both companies showed.
    A transatlantic battle had swung in the US company's favour for the first time in several years in 2012 as Boeing sold more revamped 737s and accelerated deliveries of the 787, making it top in the USD$100 billion annual jet industry.

    But the balance of power shifted again in 2013 as Airbus landed a record Indonesian order last month and Boeing delivered just one 787 before the jet was grounded by concerns over the safety of its lithium-ion batteries.

    Buoyed by the previously revealed USD$24 billion order from Indonesia's Lion Air, Airbus reported 431 orders, up fourfold from the first three months of last year and well above a total of 220 orders posted by Boeing for the same period.

    Adjusted for cancellations, net Airbus orders totalled 410 planes in the first quarter. Boeing logged 209 net orders.

    Quarterly figures are not generally used as a barometer but Thursday's data highlighted the industry's astonishing volatility after Boeing ended 2012 expecting to stay comfortably in front of its European rival.
    A year ago, Airbus was smarting from publicity over wing cracks on the A380, the world's largest airliner, having broken annual order records just weeks beforehand.
    "Boeing has had difficult circumstances this year, but both companies need to ensure they are ready for emerging competition in coming years," said aerospace analyst Howard Wheeldon, referring to aircraft projects in China, Brazil and Russia.

    RED FLAG

    The 787 was grounded in January after barely a year in service, leaving 50 new, high-tech planes idle worldwide.

    Boeing has not stopped producing the jet but the outlook for deliveries will be determined by the timing of the aircraft's return to service complete with redesigned batteries.

    While the decision lies with regulators, Boeing officials have said they expect the 787 to be in service "sooner rather than later," something markets interpreted as April or May.

    Boeing said before the 787 crisis that it aimed to deliver 635 to 645 aircraft in 2013, including at least 60 Dreamliners. Airbus is targeting annual deliveries of 600 to 610 aircraft.

    Ken Herbert, aerospace analyst at Imperial Capital in San Francisco, said Boeing could still reach its 2013 delivery target because production of smaller 737s was set to rise.

    A question remains over deliveries of a slow-selling version of the 747 despite three new orders posted on Thursday, he said.

    "It's a red flag, but I'm not seeing Boeing's guidance at risk yet," he said.

    Airbus said it had delivered 144 aircraft in the first quarter, including four A380s, compared with 137 commercial Boeing deliveries.

    Both companies have been enjoying robust demand from emerging markets and US airlines carrying out a long-expected overhaul of their fleets to take advantage of fuel savings.

    Lion Air's recent order for 234 narrow-body A320-family Airbus airliners, signed in front of French President Francois Hollande last month, fuelled a debate over whether Southeast Asian airlines are gambling too heavily on new airliners.

    Plane makers generally insist that demand from carriers like Lion Air, already one of Boeing's largest customers, underscores the transport needed to support projections of sharp economic growth. But bankers are warning of a potential order bubble.

    Airbus, meanwhile, announced it had boosted production of the A330, an older passenger jet that has enjoyed a renaissance thanks to previous delays in production of the Boeing 787, to a planned record level of 10 a month.

    However, it suffered a setback in its converted luxury jet business as one of two unidentified private buyers of its A350 cancelled its order.

    British Airways and Iberia parent IAG, meanwhile, expanded an order for Boeing 787s this week and is reported to be in talks to place an additional order for A350s as early as Friday.
    (Reuters)

    Airbus Updates No.968


    Mandala Air To Buy 18 Airbus A320s

    Indonesian airline Mandala Airlines plans to buy 18 Airbus A320s worth USD$1.6 billion by 2014, in an effort to capture growing middle class travel in Southeast Asia's largest economy, its major shareholder said on Friday.

    Mandala, which operates domestic routes and partners with minority shareholder Singapore's Tiger Airways for international flights, currently operates seven A320s. Mandala will use an existing Tiger option to buy the Airbus jets.

    "Our target is to get two million passengers this year. We're adding more fleet and by the end of 2014 we should have 25 planes," said Sandiaga Uno, chief of investment firm Saratoga Investama Sedaya, which holds a 51 percent stake in Mandala.

    The expansion plans are a turnaround for Mandala, which Saratoga and Tiger rescued in 2011 after it halted operations because of debt problems. They also underline fast growth and increasing competition for aviation in the world's fourth most populous nation.

    Uno said the airline is now aiming for a 20 percent share in a market dominated by Lion Air, which recently agreed a record USD$24 billion order for Airbus planes.

    Saratoga Investama is planning an initial public offering in the second quarter to raise capital to co-invest with its private equity affiliate Saratoga Capital.
    (Reuters)

    Thursday, 4 April 2013

    Airbus Updates No.967


    Below shows the next batch of A320 aircraft due for delivery


       c/n            Aircraft Type                Reg         Airline     Delivered   Status   Prev.   Reg Remark
     
     5540     Airbus A320-214            JA808P  Peach  On Order D-AXAU lsf GECAS  
     5542     Airbus A320-214            G-EZWH  easyJet  On Order D-AXAV    
     5548     Airbus A320-214(WL)    CC-BFK  LAN Airlines  On Order D-AXAW
     5550     Airbus A320-214             B-9910  Shenzhen Airlines  On Order B-  
     5552     Airbus A320-214(WL)    VT-GOM  GoAir  On Order D-AXAX  
     5554     Airbus A320-214             CC-BFL  LAN Airlines  On Order D-AXAY  
     5557     Airbus A320-214(WL)     D-AIZS  Lufthansa  On Order D-AXAZ
     5559     Airbus A320-214             VP-BOG  S7 - Siberia Airlines  On Order F-WWIG lsf ALC
     5566     Airbus A320-232(WL)    VH-VFN  Jetstar Airways  On Order F-WWIP lsf BOC
     5570     Airbus A320-216            EC-LVD  Iberia  On Order F-WWIT
     5572     Airbus A320-214            VP-BLL  Aeroflot - Russian Airlines  On Order F-WWBJ lsf SMBC
     5576     Airbus A320-214(WL)    A6-ANQ  Air Arabia  On Order F-WWIZ
     5578     Airbus A320-214            VP-BLP  Aeroflot - Russian Airlines  On Order F-WWBN A. Popov / A. Попов, lsf AWAS
     5581     Airbus A320-214(WL)    G-ZBAB  Monarch Airlines  On Order F-WWIY lsf CIT
     5585     Airbus A320-214            VP-BLR  Aeroflot - Russian Airlines  On Order F-WWBQ lsf AWAS
     5591     Airbus A320-214(WL)     PR-MYY  TAM Linhas Aéreas  On Order F-WWDC
     5593     Airbus A320-216(WL)    HS-BBD  Thai AirAsia  On Order F-WWDN
     5598     Airbus A320-232            JA11JJ  Jetstar Japan  On Order F-WWDR
     5601     Airbus A320-214(WL)    D-AIZT  Lufthansa  On Order  
     5604     Airbus A320-232            HA-     Wizz Air Hungary  On Order F-WWDZ
     5610     Airbus A320-214            TS-IMV  Tunisair  On Order F-WWIB
     5618     Airbus A320-232            JA12JJ  Jetstar Japan  On Order  
     5634     Airbus A320-232           G-EUYO  British Airways  On Order  
     5635     Airbus A320-214(WL)    D-AIZU  Lufthansa  On Order

    Airbus Updates No.966


    A330 production rate reaches 10 per month to meet strong global market demand

    Airbus A330-300 [TC-JNI]
    Culminating a nine-year doubling of production capacity, Airbus’ A330 output rate has now reached 10 aircraft monthly – responding to this twin-engine jetliner’s continued popularity with airlines, cargo carriers, military services and VIP operators.
    4 April 2013Headline news

    The A330 is an aircraft of choice for a full range of users, resulting from its excellent operating economics, proven reliability and flexibility. At the rate of 10 per month, A330 production is the highest ever for an Airbus widebody jetliner.

    Airbus’ policy of continuous improvement has introduced such enhancements as increases in maximum takeoff weight, systems upgrades and cabin modernisation across the A330 product line. As a result, the A330 is the most popular aircraft ever in its category.

    Current production includes the A330-200 and A330-300 passenger versions, the A330-200F freighter, and the military Multi Role Tanker Transport – which is based on the A330-200 airframe, equipped for aerial refueling missions along with troop and cargo airlift.

    At a total of 1,246 orders booked from 92 customers and over 960 deliveries made to date, more than three years of production is ensured at the current high output rate with an A330 backlog volume that today is above 280 aircraft.

    The A330’s overall numbers are impressive: 1.1 billion-plus passengers carried during its operational career, with a takeoff or landing performed somewhere in the world every 25 seconds. Globally, the A330 fleet covers more than 8.8 million kilometers daily – the equivalent of circling the world 222 times each 24 hours.

    Programme head Patrick Piedrafita said more than 800 sales have been logged since Aribus’ competitor launched its 787, validating the A330’s sustained competitiveness. In addition, the A330-300 version is well positioned as a perfect medium-haul complement to the A350 XWB when this next-generation Airbus jetliner enters service. 

    Airbus Updates No.965


    Airbus A319  -112  1018     HB-IPR  Swiss International  ferried 03apr13 ZRH-SNN after paint into all white at CHR   ex D-AVYQ
     Airbus A319  -112  1077     D-AKNK  germanwings  ferried 04apr13 CGN-OSR, for paint into new cs  ex N718UW
    Airbus A319  -132  5535     D-AGWW  germanwings  ferried 05apr13 OSR-CGN after paint  ex D-AVYN
    Airbus A320  -214  2374     EI-DEI  Aer Lingus  ferried 04apr13 SNN-DUB after paint into Virgin cs prior wet-lease ops   ex F-WWDU
    Airbus A320  -214  5565     VP-BLH  Aeroflot  delivery 03apr13 TLS-SVO  ex F-WWIE
    Airbus A330  -223  927     EI-EWG  Pembroke Capital  ferried 04apr13 BOD-CHR, Kingfisher cs, paint into?   ex VT-VJN

    Wednesday, 3 April 2013

    Airbus Updates No.964


    Airbus A320  -214  2001     EI-EZV  Aer Lingus  delivery 02-03apr13 XSP-CMB-AUH-SOF-DUB in Virgin Atlantic cs "Tartan Lassie” prior wet-lease ops   ex I-EEZG
     Airbus A320  -214  2011     CS-TKP  SATA Internacional  for delivery apr13 ex AUH  ex EC-INZ
     Airbus A320  -232  2395     TC-JUG  Turkish Airlines  delivery 02apr13 XSP-DEL-IST, all white   ex 9V-JSC
    Airbus A320  -214  3242     D-ABDR  Air Berlin  ferried 01apr13 BUD-OSR for paint into?   ex F-WWBP
    Airbus A320  -214  2768     9H-AEO  Air Malta  ferried 02apr13 MLA-OSR for tail section to be painted into new cs  ex F-WWDK
    Airbus A321  -211  1017     M-ABFY  MC A/c Management  seen parked at XSP 02apr13 in full Batavia cs  ex PK-YUF
    Airbus A321  -231  5534     B-6978  China Southern  delivery 03apr13 XFW-OVB  ex D-AZAX
     Airbus A330  -223  232     PT-MVA  TAM  ferried 02apr13 GRU-QSC prior return to lessor  ex A6-EYX

    Tuesday, 2 April 2013

    Airbus Updates No.963


    British Airways tipped for A350 order

    British Airways tipped for A350 order

    The new Airbus A350 long-range aircraft could be ordered for British Airways as soon as this week, according to reports.

    The exact number of aircraft to be ordered by BA parent company International Airlines Group and the potential value of the contract are reported to be still under discussion.

    Talks are mainly centred on the A350-1000, the largest aircraft in the A350 range, the Wall Street Journal reported. The order could also include the smaller A350-900.

    If a deal is agreed, it would be a win for Airbus over rival Boeing, which is trying to sell British Airways the next version of its popular 777 wide-body jet.

    However, BA, which already has a large fleet of Boeing 777s, could still order the revamped 777X, according to the newspaper. It is one of a number of airlines waiting for news about its delivery of Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

    BA mainly operates Boeing aircraft on long-haul routes, with its current Airbus aircraft, mainly from the A320 family, used on short-haul services.

    The airline has 12 Airbus A380 superjumbos on order.

    Monday, 1 April 2013

    Airbus Updates No.962


    Airbus A300  B4-203(F)  274     EI-DHL  Air Contractors Ireland  DHL cs, ferried 29mar13 LEJ-LDE for part-out & scrap   ex OO-DIB
    Airbus A319  -132  3193     D-AGWG  germanwings  ferried 29mar13 OSR-CGN after paint into new cs  ex D-AVYS
    Airbus A320  -214  2486     EI-DEO  Aer Lingus  positioned 30mar13 DUB-MAN in Virgin cs prior wet-lease ops  ex F-WWIV
    Airbus A320  -214  5551     PK-GLR  Citilink  delivery 29-30mar13 TLS-SHJ-CMB-CGK   ex F-WWDU
     Airbus A320  -232  5553     HS-TXF  Thai Smile  delivery 29mar13 TLS-DXB-BKK  ex F-WWID
     Airbus A321  -231  2730     G-ZBAF  Monarch  ferried 01apr13 LCA-OLB, 5B-reg for paint prior delivery   ex 5B-DCO
     Airbus A330  -322  127     CS-TRI  HiFly  ferried 29mar13 BRU-MXP on wet-lease to Blue Panorama   ex D-AERQ
    Airbus A340  -311  29     F-GLZC  Air France  ferried 30mar13 TLS-CDG after storage since 28nov12