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Sunday, 31 May 2015

Airbus Updates No.1336

Virgin America keen on the A321 says Cush

Virgin America (VX, San Francisco, CA) CEO David Cush says his airline sees the A321 from Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) as the best fit option for its growing network. In an interview with Aviation Week, Cush said that while Virgin would ideally like to acquire the A321neo, its cost and potentially limited availability meant the A321ceo would be the next best option. As such, Virgin plans to acquire approximately six or seven A321ceo each year between 2017 and 2019, he said.

With its fleet currently made up of ten A319-100s and forty-three A320-200s, Cush said that of the ten A320-200 (sl)s due for delivery over the next twelve months, six are to be ETOPS-rated in order to ply upcoming Hawaiian flights. Virgin plans to launch San Francisco, CA to Honolulu and Kahului flights in November and December respectively.

Concerning future fleet plans, Cush said Virgin holds rights to thirty NEO airframes with deliveries starting in 2020. Thereafter, it can exercise those rights in batches of five with two years' notice.

Virgin also plans to acquire its own jets in a bid to reach a near 1:4 ratio of owned-to-leased aircraft in its fleet. 

Airbus Updates No.1335

HK Express to begin A321 deliveries this year

HK Express (UO, Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok) is planning to take delivery of its first A321-200s later this year aiming to have between five and ten of the type in its fleet by the end of next year.

In its report CAPA says the 220-seater twinjets will allow the LCC to add capacity at Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok where an increasing lack of slots and traffic rights has started to take its toll.

In March, CEO Andrew Cowen said his airline currently considers securing additional take-off and landing slots to be a greater priority than placing new aircraft orders and as such, will acquire aircraft as and when they become available. As such, the A321s will likely be leased rather than acquired outright.

The Hong Kong Airlines (HX, Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok) subsidiary currently operates a fleet of eleven A320-200s with plans to replace five 174-seater units sourced from Hong Kong Airlines, with 180-seater A320s. 

Airbus Updates No.1334


Airbus A320-200 [AP-BLA]

Airbus A321-200 [OD-RMI]

Airbus Updates No.1333

Airbus A380-800 [9V-SKI]

Airbus Updates No.1332

Airbus A330 -302 1627  N822NW Delta Air Lines delivery 29may15 TLS-ATL ex F-WWYX
 Airbus A340 -313 359  CC-CQA Lan Airlines ferried 27may15 SCL-SFB for part-out & scrap ex F-WWJY
 Airbus A340 -542 912  CS-TFX Arik Air ferried 29may15 LHR-LIS after storage since 23apr15 ex F-WJKI
 Airbus A380 -861 176  A6-APC Etihad Airways delivery 30may15 XFW-AUH ex F-WWAY

Airbus Updates No.1331

Airbus A310 -221(F) 162  N450FE FedEx ferried 26may15 MEM-VCV for storage ex HB-IPE
 Airbus A319 -132 2886  PT-TMM TAM ferried 27may15 LIM-CNF, CC-reg prior transfer ex CC-CPQ
 Airbus A319 -112 2891  EI-FGY Yaledell Ltd ferried 29may15 SAW-DUB ex B-6157
 Airbus A320 -231 406  OY-RUP Danish Air Transport ferried 31may15 BLL-KEF on wet-lease to Icelandair ex N406PR
 Airbus A320 -214 1793  EC-ILR Iberia in svc from 22may15 on wet-lease to briitish Arways on MAD-LHR vv svces ex F-WWIM
 Airbus A320 -214 4203  LY-ONJ Small Planet Airlines posn 29may15 KUN-LGW ex EI-ONJ
 Airbus A320 -214 5658  D-AIZV Eurowings ferried 26may15 DUS-NWI for paint ex D-AUBY
 Airbus A320 -214 6591  B-8012 Spring Airlines delivery 27may15 TLS-SVX ex F-WWID
 Airbus A320 -216 6597  TC-DCG Pegasus Airlines delivery 21/25may15 TLS-OSR-SAW, paint at OSR ex F-WWDF
 Airbus A320 -214 6598  PR-OCN Avianca Brazil delivery 27-28may15 XFW-SID-GIG ex D-AVVQ
 Airbus A320 -214 6600  B-1673 Zhejiang Loong Airlines delivery 27-28may15 TLS-TSE-TSN-HGH ex F-WWBR
 Airbus A320 -232 6602  XA-VAE VivaAeroBus delivery 29may15 TLS-KEF-BGR-MTY ex F-WWBH
 Airbus A320 -232 6604  B-50006 Tigerair Taiwan delivery 27-29may15 TLS-AAN-CNX-TSA ex F-WWDG
 Airbus A320 -214 6606  G-EZOO easyJet delivery 28may15 TLS-LGW ex F-WWBB
 Airbus A320 -214 6608  B-1693 Qingdao Airlines delivery 29-30may15 TLS-TSE-TSN-TAO ex F-WWBF
 Airbus A321 -211 3401  C- Air Canada in full cs at TLS, F-reg prior delivery ex F-GTAR
 Airbus A321 -231 6609  N950JT jetBlue delivery 30may15 XFW-PWM-PAE ex D-AVXN
 Airbus A330 -343 1098  9V-STJ Singapore Airlines ferried 28may15 SIN-CAN, all white on return to lessor ex F-WWKQ
 Airbus A330 -223 1221  TC-JIY Turkish Airlines delivery 28/30may15 GIG-YYZ-SAW ex PT-MVV
 Airbus A330 -243(MRTT) 1610  ZZ343 Royal Air Force ferried 27may15 TLS-LEGT for MRTT-config, regd EC-331 ex F-WWCX

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Airbus Updates No.1330

Singapore Airlines’ first A350 XWB takes shape

Airbus has begun final assembly of the first A350-900 for Singapore Airlines at its facilities in Toulouse, France. The aircraft is the first of 70 A350 XWBs ordered by the airline and is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2016. The A350 XWB will form a major part of the future Singapore Airlines fleet and will be operated on the carrier’s medium and long-haul routes.
The aircraft is now in the initial fuselage section joining phase. Following this, it will move in before the end of the month to the next assembly station for wing junction, start of cabin installation and first power-on.
The A350 XWB is Airbus’ all-new mid-size long range aircraft family and the latest member of the manufacturer’s leading widebody family. The A350 XWB is the world’s most modern and efficient aircraft in its size category and is setting new standards in terms of flight experience for passengers, operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness for airlines. 

Airbus Updates No.1329

VivaAerobus receives first of 52 A320s on order

New A320 marks next step towards fleet renewal for Mexico’s ultra-low-cost carrier

Ultra-low-cost carrier VivaAerobus has taken delivery of its first new A320 following the aircraft handover at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse. The A320 is the first to be delivered from an order placed in 2013 for 52 aircraft (12 A320ceo and 40 A320neo), which is the largest single deal by a Mexican customer. VivaAerobus already operates six leased A320s and will become an all Airbus operator as it completes its fleet transition from 737-300s by early 2016.
Including the first A320, all VivaAerobus’ A320ceo are powered by IAE engines. The A320neo will be powered by Pratt and Whitney engines. The aircraft will be deployed on the airline’s domestic network and international routes to the United States. 
“Our new fleet of A320s will enable VivaAerobus to continue enhancing our operational efficiencies by lowering our costs and fares for our passengers, while offering a significant upgrade with the A320 cabin comfort,” said Juan Carlos Zuazua, CEO of VivaAerobus. “We couldn’t be more pleased to integrate this new aircraft into our growing Airbus fleet and we look forward to expanding our network and allowing even more passengers to fly for the very first time.”
“We are proud that VivaAerobus has chosen the market-leading A320 Family to renew its fleet and expand its network, taking a further step to becoming an all Airbus operator,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “The A320’s unparalleled reliability, best-in-class passenger comfort and unbeatable fuel efficiency complements VivaAerobus’ business model and we are eager to see their success evolve even more with the NEO in the years to come.” 
VivaAerobus, jointly owned by IAMSA, Mexico’s largest bus company, and Irelandia, a global low-cost-carrier airline developer group, has based its fleet renewal strategy on the A320 Family.  The A320’s unmatched operating economics and reliability will play a key role as the airline meets the growing demand for cost-efficient air travel in Mexico. 
The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with almost 11,700 orders to date and over 6,500 aircraft delivered to 400 customers and operators worldwide. The newest member of the A320 Family, the A320neo, incorporates many innovations including latest generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices, which together deliver more than 15 percent in fuel savings from day one and 20 percent by 2020. With nearly 3,800 orders received from 71 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured almost 60 percent share of the market. To date, the A320neo program has 345 firm orders from six customers in Latin America. With more than 950 aircraft sold and a backlog of nearly 500, 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.1328

Airbus A320 -232 6594  EC-MFN Vueling delivery 22may15 TLS-BCN ex F-WWDR
 Airbus A320 -216 6597  TC-DCG Pegasus Airlines delivery 21/25may15 TLS-OSR-SAW, paint at OSR ex F-WWDF
 Airbus A320 -214 6598  PR-OCN Avianca Brazil delivery 27-28may15 XFW-SID-GIG ex D-AVVQ
 Airbus A320 -232 6604  B-50006 Tigerair Taiwan delivery 27-28may15 TLS-AAN-DMK-TPE ex F-WWDG
 Airbus A320 -232 6607  EC-MGE Vueling delivery 27may15 XFW-BCN "#BuenVueling" ex D-AVVS
 Airbus A330 -243 1009  N968AV Avianca ferried 23-24may15 BOG-DFW-FTW ex F-WWYE
 Airbus A330 -243(MRTT) 1610  ZZ343 Royal Air Force ferried 27may15 TLS-LEGT for MRTT-config, regd EC-331 ex F-WWCX
 Airbus A330 -243 1617  B-5973 China Eastern delivery 22may15 TLS-PVG ex F-WWKV
 Airbus A330 -303 1629  TC-JOI Turkish Airlines delivery 22may15 TLS-IST ex F-WWKH

Airbus Updates No.1327

Airbus A310 -221(F) 162  N450FE FedEx ferried 26may15 MEM-VCV for storage ex HB-IPE
 Airbus A319 -112 2849  EI-FFY JET-I 2849 Leasing ferried 25may15 SAW-DUB ex B-6156
 Airbus A320 -231 295  C5-AAH Aerolus Air in svc 22may15 KBL-ESB-IST vv for Ariana Afghan, basic Myanmar cs ex EY-626
 Airbus A320 -231 406  OY-RUP Danish Air Transport regd 21may15, posn 22may15 BLL-AAR ex N406PR
 Airbus A320 -212 426  UR-CNK Dart Airlines ferried 22-23may15 THR-IEV-MPL-IEV-THR on new lease to Zagros Air ex YL-LCH
 Airbus A320 -214 828  9A-SLA Limitless Airways first in svc 23may15 ZAG-VAA-SDL-KOK-RJK ex 2-ERIK
 Airbus A320 -214 1694  N224NV Allegiant Air delivery 26may15 MAD-DUB, EC-reg ex EC-IEI
 Airbus A320 -214 1793  EC-ILR Iberia in svc from 22may15 on wet-lease to briitish Arways on MAD-LHR vv svces ex F-WWIM
 Airbus A320 -233 2102  OY-JRZ Danish Air Transport onward delivery 23may15 EMA-BLL after paint ex EI-FGO
 Airbus A320 -232 2343  VQ- Ural Airlines in full cs at SNN 24may15, M-reg after paint prior delivery ex M-ABIO
 Airbus A320 -214 3031  AP-BLA Pakistan International delivery 22may15 PRG-KHI ex OK-MEH
 Airbus A320 -214 3060  OK-MEI CSA Czech Airlines ferried 26may15 PRG-BOH for paint, for Pakistan Int´l as AP-BLS ex F-WWDY
 Airbus A320 -216 3080  EI-DSF Alitalia ferried 26may15 FCO-OSR for paint, for Air Berlin as D-ABZN ex F-WWIV
 Airbus A320 -214 3891  TC- Freebird Airlines at LIS 25may15 in full cs, CS-reg prior delivery ex CS-TKO
 Airbus A320 -216 3978  EI-DTJ Alitalia ferried 23may15 FCO-OSR for paint into special cs ex F-WWIX
 Airbus A320 -232 5725  B-LCF HK Express delivery 22-23may15 TLS-AAN-HKG, all white ex F-WXAC
 Airbus A320 -232 6486  B-1662 Sichuan Airlines delivery 18may15 TSN-CTU ex B-508L
 Airbus A320 -214 6538  9K-AKK Kuwait Airways delivery 23may15 TLS-KWI ex F-WWIB
 Airbus A320 -232 6586  N642NK Spirit Airlines delivery 23may15 TLS-YYR-TPA ex F-WWDV
 Airbus A320 -214 6591  B-8012 Spring Airlines delivery 27may15 TLS-SVX ex F-WWID

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Airbus Updates No.1326

Airbus A340 -313 164   YI- ? Al-Naser Airlines  ferried 08may15 BGW-MHD, wearing G-reg ex G-VAIR
 Airbus A340 -313 214   G-VELD Virgin Atlantic ferried 12may15 LGW-LDE for storage ex F-WWJY
 Airbus A340 -642 371   YI-ASL Al-Naser Airlines  ferried 08may15 BGW-THR, all white, for Mahan Air (+ 376 YI-ASM, + 383 YI-ASN) ex G-VGOA
 Airbus A340 -642 391   YI- ? Al-Naser Airlines  ferried 08may15 BSR-THR, all white, for Mahan Air (+ 416 YI- ? BSR-THR ex 9H-TEQ) ex 9H-TEP
 Airbus A340 -642 449   YI- ? Al-Naser Airlines ferried 08may15 BSR-IKA, all white, for Mahan Air (+ 615 YI- ? ex G-VSSH)  ex 9H-TER
 Airbus A340 -642 586   B-6055 China Eastern operated last company A340-600 svc 03may15 PVG-NRT-PVG  ex F-WWCR
 Airbus A350 -941 9   A7-ALC Qatar Airways delivery 07may15 TLS-DOH ex F-WZFDD
 Airbus A380 -841 179   HL7634 Asiana delivery 07may15 TLS-ICN ex F-WWAF
 Airbus A400 M180 16   ZM401 Royal Air Force delivery 07may15 LEGT-BZZ, EC-reg prior paint ex EC-406
 Airbus A400M   023   A4M023 Airbus Military crashed 09may15 on f/f shortly after take-off from SVQ, 4/6 dead

Airbus Updates No.1325

Airbus A319 -111 998   EC-MFP Iberia delivery 12may15 TLS-MAD, all white  ex F-GRHC
 Airbus A319 -115 6588   B-6480 Tibet Airlines delivery 08-09may15 XFW-ALA-LXA  ex D-AVYE
 Airbus A320 -232 1856   SX-DGV Aegean Airlines air-test at IST 11may15, TC-reg prior delivery (+ 1996 SX-DGX ex TC-JLL for delivery late-may15) ex TC-JLJ
 Airbus A320 -214 2789   AP-BLW Pakistan International delivery 12may15 PRG-KHI ex OK-LEG
 Airbus A320 -214 3093   OE-LEN flyNiki ferried 06may15 MUC-VIE, D-reg on transfer, regd 08may15  ex D-ABDP
 Airbus A320 -232 3947   HA-LPW Wizz Air ferried 11may15 BUD-MST for paint into new cs ex F-WWBD
 Airbus A320 -214 5246   OE-LEV flyNiki ferried 08may15 DUS-VIE on transfer, regd 10may15 ex D-ABNB
 Airbus A320 -232 6462   B-1651 China Southern delivery 08may15 TSN-DLC ex B-504L
 Airbus A320 -232 6574   XA-VAA VivaAeroBus delivery 09may15 TLS-KEF-BGR-M TY  ex F-WWIY
 Airbus A320 -232 6576   HA-LYO Wizz Air delivery 07may15 TLS-BUD ex F-WWBE
 Airbus A320 -232 6580   B-1691 Capital Airlines delivery 12may15 TLS-TSE ex F-WWDP
 Airbus A320 -214 6584   VN-A656 VietJetAir delivery 12may15 TLS-AUH ex F-WWDT
 Airbus A320 -214 6596   PK-GQK Citilink Express delivery 13-14may15 XFW-RKT-DMK-CGK  ex D-AVVP
 Airbus A321 -112 488   I-BIXE Alitalia ferried 12may15 FCO-NWI after storage ex D-AVZG
 Airbus A321  -131 550   YI- ? Al-Naser Airlines  ferried 08may15 BGW-IKA, basic Sichuan cs, for Mahan Air ex 2-WLGP ex 2-WLGP
 Airbus A321 -211 6590   D-AIAG Condor delivery 08may15 XFW-MAN ex D-AVXJ
 Airbus A330 -243 451   CS- HiFly ferried 12may15 LDE-CHR, F-reg for paint prior delivery  ex F-WJKG
 Airbus A330 -202 1543   5A-LAU Libyan Airlines ferried by Airbus 11may15 TLS-LETL, F-reg for interim storage  ex F-WWCT
 Airbus A330 -243(MRTT)  1555   ZZ341 Royal Air Force ferried 13may15 LEGT-IGS, EC-reg for paint ex EC-336
 Airbus A340 -313 114   G-VSUN Virgin Atlantic ferried 13may15 LGW-LDE for storage ex F-WWJI