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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Airbus Updates No.1292

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Airbus Updates No.1291

ARKIA goes long-haul and commits to Airbus A330-900neo

Airbus makes further inroads in Israel with its first widebody aircraft deal.

ARKIA Israeli Airlines, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for up to four A330-900neo aircraft. The commitment makes ARKIA the first Airbus widebody customer in Israel and the first customer for the type in the region. The aircraft will help ARKIA to expand their growing operations into long haul business and leisure markets with the world’s most popular wide-body. The A330-900neo is the most cost-efficient in its size category, offering a reduction in fuel burn of 14 percent per seat, an increase in non-stop flying range of up to 400 nautical miles and the lowest possible maintenance costs.
ARKIA’s A330-900neo will join the four A321neo aircraft ordered at the Farnborough International Airshow in 2012. With Airbus’ Cross Crew Qualification concept, pilots and engineers can transition from the single-aisle A320 Family, to the twin-aisle A330 quickly. Airlines can operate and maintain both types with the same pool of pilots and engineers. The A330neo also offers the latest in In-Flight entertainment either 4th generation or light IFE. Moreover, it offers connectivity to the ground should it be mobile telephony and internet access services and in parallel on board wireless services enabling passengers to access Wi-Fi content and services on their personal electronic devices.
“The A330-900neo will be a key asset to help us grow efficiently on highly competitive international long-haul routes from and to Israel. The A330-900neo will offer our passengers the latest product with great cabin comfort on direct, long-haul flights,” said Nir Dagan, ARKIA President and Chief Executive Officer. “Thanks to the proven reliability and fuel efficiency of the A330 family, the A330neo will also ensure that our majority shareholders, the Nakash brothers and Jordache Enterprises, are super happy.”
Nakash Holdings is the private investment office arm of Jordache Enterprises (from the Jordache jeans fame). The company manages a multibillion-dollar investment portfolio including MG Aviation in Hong-Kong, U.S. POLO Assn, retail, agriculture, transportation, manufacturing, hotels and real estate located in prime locations throughout the world. The real estate portfolio consists of retail, office, multifamily and hospitality properties. Among the group's recent acquisitions are the Versace Mansion and the famous Art Deco Setai Miami Beach.
“We are delighted to have reached this milestone with ARKIA. This commitment marks our latest partnership with a growing Israeli market and our first widebody aircraft deal in Israel. The A330neo is great for ARKIA and its customers and great for Israel,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers. “The combination of the A321neo with A330neo in ARKIA’s fleet will allow the airline to reap the benefits of Airbus’ unique aircraft commonality, offering unrivalled efficiencies, with the most modern, fuel efficient and streamlined fleet.”
Building on the huge success of the A330 Family with almost 1400 orders, proven economics, versatility and reliability, the A330neo will incorporate latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, aerodynamic enhancements and new cabin features.

Airbus Updates No.1290

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Airbus Updates No.1289

Time:0305 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic A321 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A321-231
Owner/operator:Turkish Airlines
C/n / msn:5450
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage:Unknown
Location:Istanbul-Ataturk Airport (IST/LTBA), Yesilkoy -    Turkey
Nature:Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:OLBA
Destination airport:LTBA
The airplane skidded off the taxiway after landing. The passengers were disembarked.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Airbus Updates No.1288

Type:Silhouette image of generic A332 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A330-202
Owner/operator:Air Algérie
C/n / msn:647
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage:Unknown
Location:Paris-Orly Airport (ORY) -    France
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Algiers Airport (ALG)
Destination airport:Paris-Orly Airport (ORY)
Air Algérie flight AH1004 from Algiers (ALG), Algeria, became stuck in the grass at Paris-Orly Airport (ORY), France. 
The incident happened after the plane landed on runway 26 at 14:30 LT. A Fokker 50, OO-VLI, following flight AH1004 carried out a missed approach. 
The runway was closed after the incident per Notam: 

Airbus Updates No.1287

Airbus A320 -232 6480  B-1643 Capital Airlines delivery 16feb15 XFW-TSE ex D-AXAV
 Airbus A321 -111 535  F-GYAN Air Méditerranée ferried 17feb15 CRA-ATH-JIB, Jubba Airways titl, cowlings in Bosnian Wand cs ex F-WQQU
 Airbus A321 -231 6475  B-1677 Sichuan Airlines delivery 17feb15 XFW-TSE ex D-AVZK
 Airbus A321 -211 6477  B-1647 Juneyao Airlines delivery 13-14feb15 XFW-TSE-PVG ex D-AVZL
 Airbus A330 -243F 1594  A7-AFH Qatar Airways delivery 13feb15 TLS-DOH ex F-WWYH
 Airbus A330 -243MRTT 1601  G-VYGM/ZZ342 Air Tanker / RAF ferried 16feb15 TLS-LEGT for conversion, regd EC-332 ex F-WWCC
 Airbus A330 -243 1603  B-5968 China Eastern delivery 17feb15 TLS-PVG ex F-WWCO
 Airbus A340 -313 117  CS-TQM HiFly ferried 12feb15 MAD-BRU after wet-lease to ConViasa ex A6-EYC
 Airbus A380 -841 173  G-XLEI British Airways delivery 13feb15 TLS-LHR ex F-WWSB

Airbus Updates No.1286

Airbus A319 -132 1074  2-MTLD Volito Avn Services ferried by Azur Aviation 15-17feb15 MNL-LKO-ERZ-SNN-EGBP ex RP-C8990
 Airbus A319 -111 2420  HB-JZT easyJet Switzerland ferried 17feb15 MLA-SEN, for Allegiant Air ex G-EZIA
 Airbus A319 -111 3134  G-EZBW easyJet ferried 09feb15 EMA-LGW after paint into new cs ex D-AVXE
 Airbus A319 -111 3544  G-EZDJ easyJet first in svc 15feb15 SEN-GVA-SEN after paint into new cs ex D-AVWJ
 Airbus A319 -111 3555  G-EZDK easyJet ferried 09feb15 LGW-EMA for paint into new cs (+ 3544 G-EZDJ at SEN since 07feb15) ex D-AVWP
 Airbus A319 -112 3589  D-AHIL Germania ferried 12feb15 SAW-BTS for paint, for HolidayJet as HB-JOH ex D-AVYH
 Airbus A319 -115ACJ 4228  A6-AFH ExecuJet Middle East ferried 13feb15 DUB-ZRH-BSL, VP-C reg after paint ex VP-CIA
 Airbus A319 -115 6456  N12028 American Airlines delivery 12feb15 XFW-BGR-DFW ex D-AVWZ
 Airbus A320 -231 406  N406PR Aircraft Guaranty Corp ferried 11feb15 VCV-MEX ex CC-ADP
 Airbus A320 -214 1370  HK- Viva Colombia at MEX 11feb15 in full cs, EI-reg prior delivery ex EI-FGM
 Airbus A320 -212 1437  D-AICL Condor ferried 16feb15 SNN-FRA after paint into new cs ex F-WWBG
 Airbus A320 -233 1892  G-GATM British Airways delivery 17feb15 WOE-LGW ex HA-LPE
 Airbus A320 -216 3515  EI-DSS Alitalia ferried 17feb15 FCO-DUB, for Air Berlin as D-ABZB ex F-WWDP
 Airbus A320 -214ACJ 4199  9H-AWK Comlux Malta re-delivery 11-12feb15 IND-PIK-OSR after cabin-reconfig, for paimt ex N105AL
 Airbus A320 -232 5228  9V-TRQ Tigerair ferried 12feb15 ASP-KUL after storage ex RP-C5319
 Airbus A320 -214 5525  D-AIZR Eurowings ferried 11feb15 FRA-DUS on transfer prior paint ex D-AXAP
 Airbus A320 -214 6348  B-1659 Tianjin Airlines delivery 12feb15 at TSN ex B-514L
 Airbus A320 -214 6358  B-1672 Spring Airlines delivery 11feb15 TSN-PVG ex B-515L
 Airbus A320 -232 6449  B-1658 Tianjin Airlines delivery 13-14feb15 TLS-TSE-TSN ex F-WWIU
 Airbus A320 -233 6470  N526VL Volaris delivery 13feb15 XFW-KEF-BGR-MEX ex D-AXAU

Airbus Updates No.1285

Spring Airlines receives its 50th A320

China’s first low cost carrier expands fleet to meet growing demand for cost efficient air travel
Spring Airlines, an all Airbus A320 Family operator and China’s first low cost airline, has taken delivery of a new A320 at Airbus (Tianjin) Delivery Centre on lease from ICBC Financial Leasing, a leasing company owned by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China. The newly received aircraft brings the carrier’s total Airbus A320 fleet to 50.
The aircraft, the 210th A320 Family aircraft assembled at the Airbus Tianjin Final Assembly Line, is powered by CFM 56 engines and is configured in an efficient lay-out with 180 economy class seats. Based in Shanghai, Spring Airlines has been an Airbus operator since July 2005.  
“We are pleased to expand our all Airbus A320 fleet to 50 as we are going to celebrate our 10th anniversary in July this year. From the first to the 50th, our partnership with Airbus has lasted for 10 years. Airbus is our closest partner,” said Wang Zhenghua, Chairman of Spring Airlines. “The low cost mode that we initiated in China 10 years ago has proved to be successful and it is becoming more and more popular today. The Airbus A320 plays a key role in the successful development of low cost operations in China with its high reliability, unrivaled economics and comfort in its class.”
"The sustained development and steady growth of Spring Airlines has impressed the industry deeply,” said Eric Chen, Airbus China President. “We are proud to see that our products have supported the success of our customers. There is great potential for low cost airlines in China as the market demand for cost efficient air traffic is growing. We will provide Spring Airlines with even stronger support in the future including our innovative products and top level service.”
Derived from Spring Tourism Company, Spring Airlines took its maiden flight in 2005 as one of the first private enterprises entering into the airlines business and first positioning itself as a low cost carrier. The slogan of Spring is ‘to make flying affordable for everyone.” Competitive pricing, quality service and smart operation make Spring an outstanding airline.
Airbus, headquartered in Toulouse, France, is the world’s leading aircraft manufacturer of passenger airliners, ranging in capacity from 100 to more than 500 seats. Airbus has design and manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, the UK, and Spain, and subsidiaries in the US, China, India, Japan and in the Middle East. In addition, it provides the highest standard of customer support and training through an expanding international network.
The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with more than 11,500 orders to date and more than 6,400 aircraft delivered to 400 customers and operators worldwide. Thanks to its wide cabin, all members of the A320 Family offer the industry’s best level of comfort in all classes and Airbus’ 18” wide seats in economy as standard.  

Airbus Updates No.1284

Asiana Airlines to order 25 A321neo aircraft

Largest A320 Family model has lowest operating costs in single aisle category
South Korea’s Asiana Airlines has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Airbus for the purchase of 25 A321neo single aisle aircraft as part of its ongoing fleet modernisation programme. Seating 180 passengers in a two class layout, the new aircraft will be operated on the carrier’s regional services, as well as on selected domestic routes. Asiana will make a decision on its engine of choice for the aircraft at a later date. 
The A321neo will join an existing fleet of A320 Family aircraft operated by Asiana Airlines and its low cost subsidiary Air Busan, with the A321 set to become the primary single aisle type at both units. 
"The A320 Family is a proven success with Asiana Airlines and Air Busan, combining reliability, excellent operating economics and superior passenger comfort,” said Kim Soo Cheon, President & CEO, Asiana Airlines. “With the A321neo we will be able to look forward to even greater levels of efficiency, with a 20 per cent reduction in fuel consumption and increased flying range. The acquisition of the A321neo underscores our strategy to operate only the most modern and efficient aircraft that the industry has to offer.”
"We are pleased to announce this latest commitment from Asiana Airlines,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. "The A321neo will bring the airline the lowest operating costs of any single aircraft, flying passengers in comfort on flights of up to six hours. We will be proud to see the A321neo flying in Asiana colours, as part of a fleet that includes aircraft from the entire Airbus product line.”
Asiana Airlines currently operates 33 Airbus singe aisle aircraft, 15 widebody A330-300s and two double deck A380s. In addition to its newly announced commitment for the A321neo, the airline has outstanding orders for four more A380s and 30 all-new A350 XWBs for operation on its long haul network. Meanwhile, Air Busan currently operates nine A320 Family aircraft on its domestic and regional services.
The A321 is the largest member of the best-selling single aisle A320 Family. To date, the A320 Family has won more than 11,500 orders and more than 6,400 aircraft have been delivered to 400 customers and operators worldwide. 

Airbus Updates No.1283

Nepal Airlines fleet renewal underway with delivery of first A320

Sharklet equipped A320 for optimum high altitude airport performance
Nepal’s national flag carrier, Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has taken delivery of the first Airbus A320 aircraft sporting a new striking company livery and equipped with Sharklet fuel saving wing tip devices as the airline moves to an all Airbus jet fleet. Following a handover in Hamburg, the aircraft was welcomed at a ceremony attended by government and airline officials at its home base on arrival in Kathmandu. 
With its home base in Kathmandu, the A320 was chosen for NAC’s single aisle fleet for its unrivalled economics, performance and capability demanded by high altitude airports. The aircraft has Required Navigation Performance (RNP) capability built-in, which enables the aircraft to fly precisely along predefined routes using state-of-the-art on-board navigation systems.
“Aviation is our window to the world and the world’s window to explorers, trekkers, cultural and ecological visitors to our ‘Naturally’ beautiful Nepal,” said Madan Kharel, Managing Director, Nepal Airlines Corporation. “Our new A320 with Sharklets will help us to expand air services in the region, to increase capacity and to capitalise in the growth of high value tourism by offering our visitors world class comfort and service levels.”
“For a landlocked nation like Nepal, aviation is a lifeline to the rest of the world. Few examples can better illustrate the importance of aviation as a force for economic development,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers. “We are delighted to welcome Nepal Airlines to our family of A320 operators – the world’s most flexible, productive and comfortable single aisle aircraft on the market.”
The A320 was also chosen for its unbeatable operating economics and flexibility that enables it to be deployed on a wide variety of regional routes. Nepal Airlines’ A320 will seat 8 business and 150 economy class passengers in high comfort with the widest seats available in any single-aisle aircraft. In addition, Sharklet wing tip devices will deliver up to an additional four percent fuel burn savings.
Nepal Airlines currently flies to four international destinations and 25 spectacular domestic locations in the heart of the Himalayas.
The A320 Family is recognised as the benchmark single-aisle aircraft family. Over 11,500 of these aircraft have been sold to more than 400 customers and operators worldwide, making it the world’s best-selling commercial jetliner ever. 

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Airbus Updates No.1282

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Airbus Updates No.1281


A350 XWB
Orders as of 31 January 201515,276


Airbus began 2015 with an order for five A330-200 jetliners in January and delivered 36 aircraft during the month.
The year-opening booking was for the A330-200ceo (current engine option) version, and was placed by a new, unidentified customer – further expanding the order book for Airbus’ versatile twin-engine A330 widebody product line.
In January, the 36 single-aisle and widebody aircraft delivered involved 30 A320 Family jetliners, five A330s, and one A380, which were received by a total of 26 customers. 
With the month’s order and delivery activity, Airbus’ backlog of aircraft to be delivered stood at 6,355 as of 31 January.  This total comprised 5,099 A320 Family jetliners, 313 A330s, 779 A350s and 164 A380s.


Review the worldwide Airbus orders and deliveries totals with the summary table, below.  For a full listing, utilise the link underneath the summary table to download the latest Excel file – which is updated monthly and lists all firm commercial aircraft transactions, including the family of Airbus executive and private aviation jetliners. 
A300/A310Single aisleA330/A340/A350A380Total
Total orders81611514262931715276
Total deliveries816641515371538921
Aircraft in operation363615714771538150
Summary to 31 January 2015

Airbus Updates No.1280

Avianca commits to 100 A320neo aircraft

A320 – the region’s signature single aisle aircraft                                                    
Avianca Holdings S.A. has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for 100 A320neo Family aircraft. Avianca will base its fleet renewal strategy on the A320neo Family.
“After a thorough technical evaluation, we selected the A320neo Family for its excellent fuel efficiency, reliability and comfort,” said Fabio Villegas Ramirez, Avianca Chief Executive Officer.  “These qualities are essential to further our growth and fleet modernization strategy and improve our passenger experience.”
“Airbus is privileged to work with Avianca on this important agreement,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “We are proud that Avianca will rely on the A320neo, its unbeatable productivity and fuel efficiency to renew its fleet. The A320neo Family is the ideal aircraft for Avianca’s longest, single-aisle routes and high-altitude airports within their network.”
Avianca has partnered with Airbus on its fleet modernization and expansion programs for years. In 2012, Avianca ordered 51 A320 Family aircraft, including 33 A320neo aircraft. The airline group has combined orders for nearly 200 Airbus aircraft, with nearly 130 currently in operation. 
The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with more than 11,500 orders to date and nearly 6,400 aircraft delivered to 400 customers and operators worldwide. Thanks to its widest cabin, all members of the A320 Family offer the industry’s best level of comfort in all classes and Airbus’ 18” wide seats in economy as standard. The newest member of the A320 Family, the A320neo, incorporates new generation engines and Sharklets (wing tip devices) which together deliver more than 15 percent in fuel savings from day one and 20 percent by 2020. Firm orders for the NEO reached over 3,600 aircraft from 70 customers.
To date, the A320neo programme has 245 firm orders from seven customers in Latin America -- Avianca, Azul, Interjet, LAN, TAM, VivaAerobus and Volaris. With more than 850 aircraft sold and a backlog of nearly 400, more than 550 Airbus aircraft are in operation throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. In the last 10 years, Airbus has tripled its in-service fleet, while delivering more than 60 percent of all aircraft operating in the region.

Airbus Updates No.1279

ANA Holdings orders seven additional A321s

ANA’s new order further boosts presence of A320 Family in Japan
ANA Holdings has ordered seven more A321 aircraft (four A321ceo with Sharklets and three A321neo), in addition to the firm order for 30 A320neo Family (seven A320neo and 23 A321neo) placed in July 2014. 
The latest agreement brings ANA’s total order for the A320 Family to 37 aircraft which will gradually replace its existing single aisle fleet. ANA will be the first Japanese operator of both Sharklet-equipped A321ceo and A321neo.
“We are extremely pleased that such a prestigious airline as Japan’s ANA, has placed repeat orders for our A320 Family aircraft.  By selecting our single-aisle aircraft, ANA is investing in the best in class, securing excellent cabin comfort as well as operational efficiency for its future,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers.
ANA became an Airbus customer in 1987, when it ordered ten A320s. In 1995 ANA also selected the larger A321, with a total of seven orders.
While passengers benefit from the A321’s state-of-the-art cabin design, wider seats and enhanced comfort, airlines profit from the unique operational flexibility of Airbus’ single-aisle aircraft. The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with more than 11,500 orders to date and nearly 6,400 aircraft delivered to 400 customers and operators worldwide. Thanks to its widest cabin, all members of the A320 Family offer the industry’s best level of comfort in all classes and Airbus’ 18-inch wide seats in economy as standard.

Airbus Updates No.1278

A new attraction in Toulouse for aviation enthusiasts: The Aeroscopia museum opens

Aviation’s past, present and future have come together in southwestern France with this month’s official opening of the Aeroscopia museum – which was developed with Airbus support.
Aeroscopia is located adjacent to Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, putting it in proximity to Airbus’ home location – including the company’s headquarters and its A380, A350 XWB, A330 and A320 Family final assembly lines.  This enables visitors to appreciate Airbus’ current production activity while exploring aviation history at Aeroscopia. 
The museum features a collection of iconic aircraft displayed in its exhibition hall and paved grounds, including an A300B – the landmark widebody twin-engine jetliner that launched Airbus – a “Super Guppy” outsized transporter used by Airbus to carry aircraft components during the company’s early days, and an Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde supersonic passenger airliner. 
“Airbus’ contribution to Aeroscopia reflects the company's great fondness for celebrating its roots and its different phases of aircraft development and production over the years,” said Jacques Rocca, Airbus’ Deputy Head of Media Relations and Heritage, who also is a member of the museum’s technical committee.
Manatour, the company that offers tours of Airbus’ final assembly lines in Toulouse, manages Aeroscopia as well, Rocca explained, providing an exciting “two-faceted” experience for aviation buffs – with all tours of Airbus’ Toulouse production facilities now starting at the museum.  
“Visitors to the museum can tour the cabin and the cockpit of Aeroscopia’s passenger aircraft, and the Super Guppy's cargo hold has been outfitted with a video screen that features an aviation history film,” Rocca said. “A section of the A300B's cabin also has transparent walls and flooring, which provides an excellent view of the aircraft's systems.”
Airbus is a major partner in the new museum – joining together with the city of Blagnac, as well as several local associations to support Aeroscopia, which aims to preserve aeronautical history and generate interest in aviation, science and technology.