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Thursday, 26 June 2014

Airbus Updates No.1173

Lion Group’s first Airbus aircraft rolls out of paintshop

A320 for Lion Group’s full service unit Batik Air revealed in its full livery
The first Airbus aircraft for Indonesia’s Lion Group has rolled out of the paint shop hangar in Toulouse, France. With the airline’s colourful livery, the aircraft will be delivered in Q3 2014 and will be operated by Lion Group’s full service unit Batik Air on its growing domestic and regional network.
The aircraft is the first from a major order placed by the Lion Group in March 2013 for a total of 234 A320 Family aircraft (109 A320neo, 65 A321neo and 60 A320ceo).

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Airbus Updates No.1172

Airbus A321 -231 6148  B-1823 Sichuan Airlines delivery 17-18jun14 XFW-TSE-CTU ex D-AVXN
 Airbus A330 -243 527  PR-AIZ Azul Linhas Aéreas delivery 16jun14 CWF-CNF ex EI-FEL
 Airbus A330 -343 741  9M-XXM Air Asia X ferried 09jun14 KUL-ALG on summer-lease to Air Algérie ex B-HWJ
 Airbus A330 -243 1508  N508AV Avianca delivery 13jun14 TLS-BOG ex F-WWKI
 Airbus A330 -343 1523  B-LBE Cathay Pacific delivery 16jun14 TLS-HKG ex F-WWKZ
 Airbus A330 -243 1530  N373HA Hawaiian Airlines delivery 17jun14 TLS-SEA ex F-WWCE

Airbus Updates No.1171

Airbus A310 -304 498  10+21 Luftwaffe ferried 15jun14 CGN-HAM, for Novespace as "Zero G" A300 replacement ex D-AOAA
 Airbus A319 -112 1853  C-GKOB Rouge ferried 13jun14 YRQ-DLH after paint for cabin config ex N571SX
 Airbus A319 -111 2763  OO-SSF Brussels Airlines delivery 18jun14 OSR-BRU ex M-ABGB
 Airbus A319 -111 3403  VQ-BTK Vim Airlines delivery 16jun14 IST-DME ex AP-EDC
 Airbus A319 -115 6150  N9018E American Airlines delivery 17jun14 XFW-BGR-DFW ex D-AVWM
 Airbus A319 -115 6154  N9019F American Airlines delivery 14jun14 XFW-BGR-DFW ex D-AVWN
 Airbus A320 -231 113  OY-LHD Danish Air Transport onward delivery 17-18jun14 KUL-DEL-SAW-BLL after paint ex XY-AGI
 Airbus A320 -211 726  UR-YAD Yan Air ferried 13jun14 VIN-KTW on wet-lease to EuroLot / 4You Airlines (+ 671 UR-CME) ex N281LF
 Airbus A320 -233 747  EI-FBB BBAM A/c Leasing seen regd 17jun14, Alpha Express cs ex YL-AEA
 Airbus A320 -214 879  OE-ICW Ames Camo Senegal Airlines cs, ferried 13jun14 DKR-DUB ex 6V-AII
 Airbus A320 -214 1757  HK-5051 Viva Colombia delivery 13jun14 CNF-MDE ex PR-MHT
 Airbus A320 -214 2745  VN-A679 VietjetAir for delivery 11jun14 SZB-SGN, full cs, was temporarily regd EI-ERR ex D-AHHC
 Airbus A320 -216 3448  OK-NES CSA Czech Airlines ferried 13jun14 KUL-DWC-PRG, full Air Asia cs, on summer-lease ex 9M-AHI
 Airbus A320 -214 3476  EC-MBE Vueling delivery 17jun14 DUB-BCN ex EI-FDU
 Airbus A320 -214 4674  EC-MBY Vueling delivery 17jun14 MUC-BCN ex D-ABFT
 Airbus A320 -214 5997  B-1810 Capital Airlines delivery 13jun14 TSN-PEK ex B-520L
 Airbus A320 -214 6118  PK-GLZ Citilink delivery 12jun14 TLS-DWC ex F-WWBE
 Airbus A320 -214 6141  D-AIUF Lufthansa delivery 16jun14 XFW-FRA ex D-AXAZ
 Airbus A321 -231 6138  N696AV Avianca delivery 14-15jun14 XFW-TFS-FOR-BOG ex D-AVXK
 Airbus A321 -231 6143  A6-AEC Etihad Airways delivery 18jun14 XFW-TLS ex D-AVXL

Airbus Updates No.1170

Wizz Air takes delivery of its 50th Airbus A320 in Toulouse

Wizz Air, the largest Central and Eastern European low cost - low fare airline, has taken delivery from Airbus of its 50th A320 Airbus aircraft during a special ceremony in Toulouse, France, taking the total of its A320 fleet to 52. The carrier was one of the first Eastern European Airlines to take delivery of an A320 with Sharklet fuel saving wing tip devices in April 2013. Wizz Air, an all Airbus operator, has ordered a total of 112 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.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Airbus Updates No.1169

Airbus and Emirates Airline agree to cancel A350 XWB order

Airbus confirms that Emirates Airline has decided to cancel its order of 70 A350 XWB aircraft*. The decision follows on-going discussions with the airline in light of their fleet requirement review, as demonstrated by their order of 50 additional A380 at the last Dubai Airshow and their continuous interest in the program. 
Airbus and Emirates Airline benefit from a long-standing relationship and the airline recently reiterated its confidence in Airbus products particularly by praising the A380 and the benefits the aircraft brings to their operations.
The order of 50 A350-900 and 20 A350-1000 was originally placed by Emirates Airline in 2007 with first delivery slots scheduled from 2019.
Airbus is very confident in its A350 XWB programme. Half a year before entry into service, the A350 XWB order book stands at a healthy 742 firm orders. The A350 flight test campaign is progressing well and is on track for Type Certification in the coming months.
Interest in the game changing A350 has always been very high with customers. Airbus expects the A350 order book to continue growing in 2014.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Airbus Updates No.1168

Delta Places Order for 15 A321ceo aircraft

Efficient aircraft will replace retiring jets
Delta will grow its A320 Family with an order for 15 A321ceo (current engine option) aircraft to offset jet retirements. The airline has selected CFM56-5B engines from CFM International to power the newly ordered A321ceo aircraft, which are scheduled for delivery starting in 2018. CFM International is a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran) and GE.
Delta currently operates a large fleet of Airbus aircraft, including 126 A320 Family aircraft and 32 A330s. The order announced today brings Delta’s backlog to 45 single-aisle Airbus A321 and 10 widebody Airbus A330 aircraft. 
“The A321’s economic efficiency and product offering relative to the aircraft they will replace ensures that this opportunistic transaction will enhance profitability, customer satisfaction, and shareholder value for Delta,” said Nathaniel Pieper, Delta’s Vice President – Fleet Strategy and Transactions.
“Airbus is excited to offer Delta comfortable and efficient aircraft that fit its demanding financial and customer satisfaction goals,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers. “It is clear that the quality, comfort and economy of the aircraft were the right fit."
All of Delta’s A321s will feature fuel-saving Sharklets – lightweight composite wingtip devices that offer 4 percent fuel-burn savings. This environmental benefit gives the airline the option of extending its range up to 100 nautical miles/185 kilometers or increasing payload capacity by some 1000 pounds/450 kilograms.
Many of Delta’s A321s will be delivered from Airbus’ brand-new A320 Family assembly line, currently under construction in Mobile, Alabama. Hiring is underway at the facility, and aircraft assembly will begin there next year. By 2017, the Mobile facility is expected to produce four aircraft per month.

Airbus Updates No.1167

Air New Zealand selects A320neo Family to modernise single aisle fleet

A321neo and A320neo maximises flexibility, efficiency and range
Following Air New Zealand’s 2009 order for A320 Family aircraft, the airline has selected the added efficiency and performance of the NEO with an order for three A321neo, 10 A320neo and one additional A320ceo aircraft. The agreement marks the first time Air New Zealand has ordered the larger A321 aircraft and the NEO. Engine selection and cabin configuration will be made at a later date.
The A321 is the largest member of the A320 Family offering the best seat mile costs of any single aisle. The A320 Family fuselage is seven inches wider than competing aircraft and with a cargo hold designed for industry standard containers and pallets.
Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon says the purchase confirms the airline’s intention to have an Airbus narrow body fleet. “Operating one narrow body aircraft type will bring important efficiencies in training, maintenance and operating costs.  The new Airbus NEO will help ensure we continue to operate one of the world’s youngest jet fleets and will further drive fuel efficiency allowing us to minimise our carbon footprint.”
“The NEO offers even further gains – a 15 per cent fuel burn reduction or up to 950 kilometres added range, and significantly reduced noise. Passengers appreciate the A320 Family has the widest and most comfortable cabin, and this re-order is proof that it also offers unmatched performance and productivity,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers
The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with more than 10,200 orders to date and over 6,000 aircraft delivered. The latest version A320neo incorporates new engines and "Sharklet" wing tip devices which together deliver up to 15 percent in fuel savings. At the end of April 2014, firm orders for the NEO reached over 2,700 aircraft from 50 customers, representing a 60 per cent share market share in its category.

Airbus Updates No.1166

Asiana Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus A380

11th operator of world’s largest and most efficient aircraft
South Korea’s Asiana Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A380, becoming the eleventh operator of the type in the world. The A380 was handed over to Park Sam Koo, Chairman of Kumho Asiana Group, by Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO, during a special ceremony today in Toulouse, France. 
Asiana Airlines has ordered six A380s, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines. The airline has specified a premium three class layout for its fleet, seating a total of 495 passengers, with 12 private suites in First Suite, 66 fully flat seats in Business Smartium and 417 seats in Travel Class. All seats are equipped with the latest on-demand in-flight entertainment systems.
“We are delighted to receive our first A380 today, which is key to our future vision and fleet modernisation strategy”, said Park Sam Koo, Chairman of Kumho Asiana Group. “I am confident that Asiana can further enhance its level of customer service and that the A380 will play a significant role in helping us to remain at the forefront of the airline business.”
“We are extremely proud to see the A380 flying in the colours of Asiana Airlines”, said Airbus President and CEO, Fabrice Brégier. “The A380 offers the most efficient solution to meet increasing demand on the world’s most heavily travelled routes and in the largest growth markets. With the aircraft in its fleet Asiana will be able to develop further its position as one of the world’s leading international carriers.”
Asiana Airlines will initially deploy its new flagship aircraft from Seoul on regional services in Asia to Tokyo, Hong Kong and Bangkok, followed by long-haul routes to Los Angeles.
As part of its widebody fleet modernisation strategy, Asiana Airlines also has 30 of the all-new the A350 XWB on order. The A350 XWB will offer a step change in efficiency, with operating costs 25 per cent lower than the competition. The A380 and A350 will complement an existing Airbus fleet at Asiana that currently includes the A330 and A320 Family.
Airbus currently has 324 firm orders for the A380, from 20 customers. Airbus is a leading aircraft manufacturer offering a complete range of aircraft families as well as the most modern, comprehensive and fuel-efficient product line on the market.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Airbus Updates No.1165

Airbus A321 -231 3522  G-ZBAL Monarch onward delivery 31may14 EMA-BHX after paint ex JY-AYK
 Airbus A321 -231 6126  G-ZBAO Monarch delivery 30may14 XFW-BHX x D-AVXH
 Airbus A330 -202 211  CS-TQP HiFly ferried 31may14 BRU-JED on wet-lease to Saudia with titl & tail-logo ex N272LF
 Airbus A330 -243 287  A9C-KD Gulf Air ferried 29may14 AMM-YMX ex A4O-KD
 Airbus A330 -302 1437  EC-LYF Iberia “Real Federación Española de Fútbol” decals applied at MAD 25-30may14 ex F-WWKA
 Airbus A340 -211 9  HZ-AJ1 Alpha Star Aviation delivery 01jun14 SKF-JED ex JY-ABH
 Airbus A340 -313 282  M-ABGQ Falak Investments ferried 30may14 IST-JNB on delivery to? ex A9C-LJ
 Airbus A380 -841 152  HL7625 Asiana delivery 29may14 TLS-ICN ex F-WWAP

Airbus Updates No.1164

Airbus A300 -622R(F) 683  EI-OZK Air Contractors ferried 31may-01jun14 HKG-BAH-DRS after wet-lease ops for Air Hong Kong ex N2683
 Airbus A319 -112 3139  LZ-AOA BH Air ferried 27may14 SOF-AKX on summer-lease to Jet Airlines ex D-ABGE
 Airbus A319 -112 3838  VQ-BBD Aeroflot ferried 02jun14 SVO-SNN for paint prior transfer to Aurora ex D-AVYP
 Airbus A320 -231 113  OY-LHD Danish Air Transport regd 27may14, delivery 30may14 RGN-KUL for paint ex XY-AGI
 Airbus A320 -211 117  D-AIPT germanwings re-delivery 31may14 SNN-HAM ex F-WWIL
 Airbus A320 -212 645  UR-WRM Windrose Aviation ferried 30-31may14 KBP-KHI-ISB on summer-lease to Air Blue ex UR-DAI
 Airbus A320 -212 671  UR-CME Yan Air delivery 31may-01jun14 GYR-YYR-KBP-VIN ex N503NU
 Airbus A320 -214 799  6V-AIH Senegal Airlines ferried 31may14 DKR-DUB on return to lessor ex M-ABCV
 Airbus A320 -214 2758  OK-LEF Travel Service ferried 31may14 KHI-PRG after wet-lease to Pakistan Int´l (+ 3097 OK-MEJ) ex F-WWDP
 Airbus A320 -232 3125  LZ-MDB Via Airlines ferried 01jun14 ISB-BOJ after wet-lease to Air Blue ex F-WWBF
 Airbus A320 -232 3484  SX-DGR Aegean Airlines delivery 30may14 SEN-ATH ex P4-WAS
 Airbus A320 -232 3519  SX-DGO Aegean Airlines for delivery late jun14 ex SEN ex P4-XAS
 Airbus A320 -214 4203  EI-ONJ Air Contractors positioned 31may14 BOD-TIP on wet-lease ops for Afriqiyah Airways ex 5A-ONJ
 Airbus A320 -232 5539  HA-LYG Wizz Air regd 30may14 on transfer ex UR-WUC
 Airbus A320 -232 5875  B-1826 China Southern delivery 28may14 TSN-DDG ex B-503L
 Airbus A320 -214 6103  PR-ONY Avianca Brasil delivery 29-30may14 TLS-TFS-REC (+ 6110 PR-ONZ ex F-WWIU) ex F-WWIE
 Airbus A320 -232 6115  HA-LYD Wizz Air delivery 02jun14 TLS-BUD ex F-WWBC
 Airbus A320 -214 6128  EC-MBT Vueling delivery 02jun14 XFW-BCN ex D-AXAX
 Airbus A321 -231 1878  YI-AQU ZagrosJet ferried 30may14 IST-EBL after mx & interim storage ex TC-ATO
 Airbus A321 -231 3274  4R-A Sri Lankan ferried 29-30may14 DOH-KWI-DUB, A7-reg for paint ex A7-ADV