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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Airbus Updates No.1399

irbus A330 -243 1655  B-8226 China Eastern delivery 30sep15 TLS-PVG ex F-WWCK
 Airbus A330 -343 1658  B-5977 Air China delivery 29sep15 TLS-PEK ex F-WWYC
 Airbus A330 -343 1666  9V-SSI Singapore Airlines delivery 30sep15 TLS-SIN ex F-WWKY
 Airbus A330 -243 1667  ? Singapore Air Force ferried 30sep15 TLS-LEGT for MRTT-conversion, regd EC-333 ex F-WWYH
 Airbus A340 -313 212  EC-MFA Plus Ultra Lineas Aéreas ferried 22/25/26sep15 CCS-MAD-CDG-MAD after wet-lease to ConViasa / on wet-lease to Air Méditerranée ex A9C-LG
 Airbus A340 -642 779  4K-AI08 Azerbaijan Airlines Avia delivery 29sep15 BSL-GYD after VIP configuration ex VP-CCC

Airbus Updates No.1398

Airbus A300 C4-203(F) 277  4L-ABI The Cargo Airline ferried 28sep15 BAH-SAW ex YL-AEA
 Airbus A319 -111 2450  G-EZIF easyJet ferried 28sep15 MLA-CBG for paint, for Allegiant Air as N308NV ex HB-JZQ
 Airbus A320 -211 311  UR-CNJ Dart Airlines ferried 27-28sep15 THR-IEV-MPL after wet-lease to Zagros Air ex YL-LCE
 Airbus A320 -214 828  9A-SLA Limitless Airways ferried 28sep15 RIX-RJK after summer-lease to Smart Lynx Airlines ex 2-ERIK
 Airbus A320 -214 1983  EI-EZW Aer Lingus ferried 26sep15 EDI-SNN after wet-lease to Virgin Atlantic (+ 2001 EI-EZV ABZ-DUB, + 2374 EI-DEI LHR-SNN) ex I-EEZF
 Airbus A320 -232 2275  LY-VEJ Avion Express ferried 29sep15 FAO-SNN after summer-lease to Vueling & Primera Air ex M-ABIN
 Airbus A320 -232 2334  VT-IDN IndiGo Airlines air-test at SNN 29sep15, N-reg prior delivery ex M-ABIL
 Airbus A320 -216 2944  AP-BLZ Pakistan International delivery 25sep15 KUL-KHI ex 9M-AFM
 Airbus A320 -232 5685  B-LCH Hong Kong Express delivery 29sep15 TLS-ALA-HKG, M-reg, basic Jetstar cs ex M-ABIR
 Airbus A320 -214 6677  B-8323 Sichuan Airlines delivery 29sep15 TSN-CTU ex B-000R
 Airbus A320 -214 6738  VN-A662 VietJetAir delivery 24-25sep15 TLS-AUH-SGN ex F-WWIO
 Airbus A320 -214 6741  RP-C4104 Cebu Pacific Air delivery 25-26sep15 TLS-DWC-DMK-MNL ex F-WWBE
 Airbus A320 -232 6771  V8-RBW Royal Brunei delivery 25-26sep15 XFW-DWC-DMK-BWN ex D-AXAM
 Airbus A321 -211 677  EI-FGZ BBAM A/c Leasing ferried 30sep15 SEN-DGX for part-out & scrap ex G-OMYJ
 Airbus A321 -231 1293  XU-707 Sky Angkor Airlines delivery 23sep15 CRK-REP ex EI-FBH
 Airbus A321 -211 6767  N744AV Avianca Colombia delivery 26-27sep15 XFW-TFS-FOR-BOG ex D-AYAV
 Airbus A321 -211 6780  CC-BEF Lan Airlines delivery 25-26sep15 XFW-LPA-REC-SCL ex D-AYAZ
 Airbus A321 -231 6781  TC-JTA Turkish Airlines delivery 28sep15 XFW-IST ex D-AVZN
 Airbus A330 -243 494  PR-AIU Azul Linhas Aéreas delivery 26sep15 CWF-CNF, Azul Viagens cs "Red, White and Azul" ex EI-EYO
 Airbus A330 -243MRTT 1363  ZZ336 Royal Air Force G-reg canx 21sep15, re-delivery 30sep15 LEGT-BZZ ex G-VYGG

Monday, 21 September 2015

Airbus Updates No.1397

TAM Airlines reveals their first A350 XWB

First airline from the Americas to operate the A350 XWB

The first A350 XWB for TAM Airlines rolled out of the Airbus paint shop in Toulouse, revealing the aircraft in its signature red, white and blue livery. The aircraft will continue through the next stages of production, including the installation of engines, completion of cabin furnishing and cockpit fitting, before starting ground and flight tests. The aircraft is scheduled for delivery to TAM Airlines in December.

TAM will become the first airline from the Americas to fly the A350 XWB and the fourth operator in the world. LATAM Airlines Group, made up of LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines, has ordered 27 A350-900. The carrier will start operating the A350 XWB in January 2016 between Sao Paulo and Manaus, followed by international operations between Sao Paulo and Miami, and Sao Paulo and Madrid. 
The A350 XWB is the latest addition to the market-leading Airbus widebody product line. The A350-900 seating up to 325 passengers in a three class layout can fly on routes of up to 7,600 nautical miles. It features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Together, these latest technologies bring unrivalled level of operational efficiency, with a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs. 
For passengers, the A350 XWB brings new levels of in-flight comfort, with more personal space in all classes. In business class, airlines can install the most luxurious full-flat seats, while the extra wide fuselage allows comfortable 18-inch 9 abreast seat layouts in economy class.  The aircraft also features wider panoramic windows, larger overhead stowage compartments and a new draught-free air conditioning system, as well as the latest in-flight entertainment and connectivity systems. At the end of August 2015, the A350 XWB had won 782 firm orders worldwide from 40 customers. 

Airbus Updates No.1396

Airbus officially opens U.S. Manufacturing Facility

Company, industry and community leaders mark start of A320 Family aircraft production in Mobile, Alabama

In a much-anticipated ceremony today in Mobile, Alabama, Airbus inaugurated operations at its first ever U.S. Manufacturing Facility.  The plant – which assembles the industry-leading family of A319s, A320s and A321s – is officially open for business, with a skilled team of more than 250 Airbus manufacturing employees now at work on the first U.S.-made Airbus aircraft.
“Our commercial aircraft production in Mobile signifies two things:  that Airbus has become the first truly global aircraft manufacturer, and that Airbus is now also a truly American manufacturer,” said Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier.  “With the addition of our U.S. facility to our production network in Europe and Asia, we have strategically expanded our worldwide industrial base.”
“The Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility is an important step forward in Airbus’ strategy, strengthening our position as a leader and competitor in all of our key markets,” Fabrice Brégier continued.  “It enables us to grow our already significant presence in America – the largest single-aisle aircraft market in the world – and to be closer to our U.S. customers and key supplier partners.  At the same time, the expanded industrial capacity gives us more flexibility to increase production across Airbus to meet global demand.  The U.S. facility is good news for the overall Airbus enterprise, as this greater production capacity creates global growth opportunities across the company and throughout our supply chain.”
Airbus announced plans for the $600 million U.S. Manufacturing Facility in 2012, and construction began at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley the following year.  The first U.S.-made Airbus commercial aircraft – an A321 – is scheduled for delivery next spring.  By 2018, the facility will produce between 40 and 50 single-aisle aircraft per year.  Airbus’ market forecast indicates a demand over the next 20 years (from all manufacturers) for some 4,700 single-aisle aircraft in North America alone.
Fabrice Brégier and members of the new Airbus workforce in Mobile were joined at the inaugural ceremony today by Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, Senator Jeff Sessions, Congressman Bradley Byrne, and scores of other dignitaries, airline and aerospace executives, and local leaders.  The industry- and community-wide event convened under the theme, “Let’s Get to Work – Together!” and culminated in the ceremonial placement of a placard on a component of the first aircraft to be produced in Mobile.  The placard reads, “This aircraft proudly made in the U.S.A. by the worldwide team from Airbus.”
The Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility joins several other Airbus and Airbus Group operations across the United States, including for example Airbus engineering offices in Alabama (Mobile) and Kansas (Wichita); an Airbus training centre in Florida (Miami); Airbus Defence & Space Military Aircraft facility in Alabama (Mobile); Airbus Helicopters factories and operations in Mississippi (Columbus) and Texas (Grand Prairie); and aircraft spares facilities in Georgia (Atlanta), Florida (Miami) and Virginia (Ashburn).  The U.S. headquarters of Airbus, Airbus Defence & Space, and Airbus Group are located in Herndon, Virginia, while Airbus’ Latin America headquarters is located in Miami.  Airbus and Airbus Group are major customers of other U.S. aerospace companies as well, having purchased $16.5 billion of components and materials from American suppliers last year alone.
The establishment of the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility doubles the number of manufacturers of large commercial aircraft in the United States, creating jobs, expanding skills, and establishing a new aerospace centre of competence on the U.S. Gulf Coast.  In addition to the new Alabama manufacturing site, Airbus assembles commercial aircraft at modern facilities in Hamburg (Germany), Tianjin (China) and Toulouse (France). 
Airbus is a leading aircraft manufacturer with the most modern and comprehensive family of airliners on the market, ranging in capacity from 100 to more than 500 seats. Airbus champions innovative technologies and offers some of the world’s most fuel efficient and quiet aircraft. Airbus has sold more than 15,900 aircraft to some 400 customers worldwide.

Airbus Updates No.1395

Wizz Air firms-up order for 110 A321neo aircraft

A320neo Family orders top 4,300 aircraft

Wizz Air, the largest low cost carrier serving Eastern and Central Europe, has firmed-up a commitment signed in June at Le Bourget International Paris airshow for 110 A321neo aircraft. The agreement is the largest single order for the popular A321neo ever. The deal pushes firm NEO orders above 4,300 aircraft. This order includes the latest A321neo Airbus Cabin Flex configuration with 239 seats in 18 inch comfort standard.
Currently Wizz Air operates 63 A320 Family aircraft on one of Central and Eastern Europe’s most extensive networks with over 380 routes from 22 bases.
“This order will help us to build on our strong market position in Central and Eastern Europe. It also provides significant flexibility to match our fleet to our growth requirements,” said József Váradi, Wizz Air Chief Executive Officer. “The new aircraft will enable us to sustain our cost advantage through cabin innovations, the latest engine technology and other efficiency improvements, while enhancing our customer offering and experience. Airbus is a key partner for us and we believe they have the best aircraft to serve our markets and we are happy to be continuing our longstanding relationship with them.”
“We are extremely happy Wizz Air has confirmed its confidence in our A320 Family.  The A320neo Family which includes the A321neo deliver unbeatable productivity and fuel efficiency allowing Wizz Air to expand its network and services, ’’ said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers ‘’The A320 Family offers the lowest operating cost and the highest passenger comfort with the widest roomiest cabin which also helps with faster airport turnaround times”.
The A320neo Family aircraft offers the lowest operating costs of any single aisle aircraft delivering 15 per cent fuel burn reduction at entry into service, and 20 per cent by 2020, achieved through cabin innovations, latest engine technologies, and overall efficiency improvements.
With one aircraft in three sizes (A319neo, A320neo & A321neo), the A320neo Family, seating from 100 to 240 passengers, seamlessly covers the entire single-aisle segment from low to high-density configurations on domestic to longer range routes. To date, Airbus has sold more than 12,200 single aisle CEO and NEO aircraft and delivered over 6,700 CEO to more than 300 operators worldwide.

Airbus Updates No.1394


Airbus Updates No.1393

Airbus A330 -203 898  VH-EBI Qantas last svc / ferried 13sep/14sep15 SYD-MNL-QPG prior MRTT-conversion at LEGT for RAAF ex F-WWKM
 Airbus A330 -243 967  G-TCXC Thomas Cook Airlines delivery 15sep15 CWF-MAN, N-reg, ferried by Azur Aviation ex N967CG
 Airbus A330 -223 1155  HL8212 Korean Air first in svc 10sep15 ICN-CGO-ICN after paint into SkyTeam cs ex F-WWKI
 Airbus A330 -202 1225  EI-EJJ Alitalia in svc 19sep15 AUH-FCO after paint into new cs ex F-WWKV
 Airbus A330 -343 1660  LN-RKR SAS delivery 16sep15 TLS-CPH ex F-WWYJ
 Airbus A330 -243 1664  B-8231 China Eastern delivery 18sep15 TLS-PVG ex F-WWKI
 Airbus A350 -941 15  VN-A887 Vietnam Airlines delivery 19sep15 TLS-HAN ex F-WZFJ
 Airbus A380 -861 190  A6-EOO Emirates delivery 19/20sep15 XFW-CGN-DXB ex F-WWAR

Airbus Updates No.1392

Airbus A319 -132 1139  PT-MZF TAN ferried 20sep15 SID-SNN on return to lessor ex D-AVYO
 Airbus A319 -131 2281  Z-FJE FastJet Zimbabwe delivery 18sep15 MPL-HRG-HRE ex F-WTDQ
 Airbus A319 -111 2427  N307NV Allegiant Air delivery 21sep15 CBG-KEF, G-reg ex G-EZIB
 Airbus A319 -112 2878  5A-WLA Libyan Wings delivery 17sep15 MLA-MJI ex RP-C8600
 Airbus A320 -231 476  XU-ZAB Sky Angkor Airlines ferried 17sep15 REP-THR, for Zagros Airlines? ex N476PB
 Airbus A320 -214 745  N226NV Allegiant Air onward delivery 19sep15 ROW-TPA after paint ex RP-C3223
 Airbus A320 -214 1087  LZ-BHF BH Air ferried 17sep15 SGN-AMD-BOJ after wet-lease to VietJetAir ex EC-HDN
 Airbus A320 -214 2325  N204FR WFBN ferried 14-15sep15 GYR-BGR-SEN, all white prior delivery to? ex N270AV
 Airbus A320 -216 3343  EI-DSL Alitalia last svc 09sep15 FCO-CMN-FCO in Air One cs prior paint into new cs, transfer to Air Berlin canx ex F-WWBO
 Airbus A320 -232 4270  TF-SIS Wow Air re-regd first in svc 12-13sep15 KEF-LGW-KEF ex LZ-MDC
 Airbus A320 -232 4305  TF-BRO Wow Air re-regd first in svc 18sep15 KEF-CPH-KEF ex LZ-MDD
 Airbus A320 -214 6661  B-8229 China Eastern delivery 19sep15 TSN-PVG ex B-000L
 Airbus A320 -214 6717  A7-LAG Al Maha Airways delivery 15sep15 TLS-DOH ex F-WWDO
 Airbus A320 -214 6722  PK-LAQ Batik Air delivery 16-17sep15 TLS-AZI-SIN-CGK ex F-WWDK
 Airbus A320 -232 6735  VT-TTH Vistara delivery 21sep15 TLS-RKT ex F-WWIH
 Airbus A320 -214 6765  B-8247 Spring Airlines delivery 18-19sep15 XFW-SVX-PVG ex D-AXAL
 Airbus A321 -231 6768  HL8038 Asiana delivery 17-18sep15 XFW-OVB-ICN ex D-AYAW
 Airbus A321 -231 6770  N659NK Spirit Airlines delivery 18sep15 XFW-YYR-TPA ex D-AYAX
 Airbus A330 -321 64  HS-TED Thai International ferried 15sep15 BKK-UTP for onward storage ex F-WWKS
 Airbus A330 -223 353  TC-OCE Onur Air ferried 17sep15 IST-JED on wet-lease to Saudia ex G-CINP

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Airbus Updates No.1391


A350 XWB
Orders as of 31 August 201515,979


In a busy month of commercial activity, Airbus boosted its order book in August with transactions for 346 aircraft across its single-aisle and widebody product lines. The 44 deliveries during the month involved Airbus’ single-aisle A320 Family aircraft along with widebody A330s and A380s.
As a result, total orders for the A320neo (new engine option) product line surpassed 4,000 (increasing to 4,193) and the company marked another new industry-record with a backlog of almost 6,700 aircraft to be delivered.
August’s new bookings were paced by IndiGo’s order for 250 A320neo jetliners. This brings total A320 Family aircraft being acquired by the Indian domestic airline to 530, comprising both NEO and CEO (current engine option) versions.
Also in August, an unnamed customer ordered 32 A320neo aircraft along with eight A320ceos, while British Airways and Vueling ordered 10 A320neos each as part of the International Airlines Group (IAG) order announced on 6 August.  Completing the single-aisle business was an undisclosed customer’s signing for three NEO jetliners in the ACJ320neo corporate jet configuration.
These bookings brought total firm orders for the best-selling A320 Family product line to more than 12,000 aircraft, and the A320 Family backlog to more than 5,400.
During the month, Airbus booked a total of 33 widebodies.  Fifteen A330-300s were ordered by an undisclosed customer.  Spain’s Iberia booked eight A350-900s and three A330-200s as part of the IAG order announced on 6 August. Completing the month’s widebody business was an unnamed customer’s acquisition of three A330-300s and two A330-200s, along with another undisclosed customer’s order for two A330-300s.
This new business brought Airbus’ 2015 gross orders to 754 aircraft as of 31 August, with the year-to-date net orders totalling 708 when cancellations are taken into account.
In August, Airbus provided 44 aircraft to operators and customers, composed of 32 A320 Family aircraft, 10 A330s and two A380s.
Based on the month’s activity, Airbus completed August with the industry record backlog of 6,697 aircraft overall – corresponding to 10 years of production at current rates.  
Airbus key figures for Orders and Deliveries - August 2015


Airbus Updates No.1390

RwandAir firms-up order for two Airbus A330 Family aircraft

Airline will be East Africa’s first to benefit from the A330s proven efficiency

RwandAir, the national flag carrier of the Republic of Rwanda, has signed a firm contract with Airbus for an A330-200 and a larger A330-300, at a signature ceremony in Kigali, Rwanda. With this order RwandAir becomes a new Airbus customer and is the first East African customer for the long-haul airliner. This agreement firms up a commitment announced earlier this year.
Aircraft deliveries will begin in the second half of 2016, enabling the country’s carrier to deploy its new flagship aircraft on medium and long-haul routes serving destinations in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
The two aircraft will feature a three class cabin layouts. The A330-200 will have 244 seats (20 business class, 21 premium and 203 economy class) and the A330-300 will have 274 seats (30 business class, 21 premium and 223 economy class). The aircraft will be equipped with Rolls Royce Trent 772B engines. 
“As we look to introduce wide body aircraft for the first time into our fleet, with its proven economics, reliability and passenger comfort, we have found the A330 to perfectly support our plans to expand into Europe and Asia, to enhance our regional presence, to open up new routes and to grow our market share. We are also delighted to have these aircraft powered by Rolls-Royce, as the Trent 700 engine delivers the most efficient and reliable power, and will maximize the revenue earning potential of our new aircraft’’ said John Mirenge, Chief Executive Officer of RwandAir.  
“We are extremely pleased that RwandAir has confirmed its confidence in the A330, and are happy to welcome them as a new A330 customer,” said Christopher Buckley, Executive Vice President, Africa, Europe and Asia Pacific. “Their Passengers will enjoy best-in-class passenger comfort that only Airbus offers as well as the newest state of the art in-flight entertainment system. Rwandair will be able to benefit with the A330s from the unique combination of unbeatable economics, versatility and fuel efficiency.”
To date the A330 Family, which spans 250 to 300 seats, has attracted more than 1,500 orders and around 1,200 A330s are flying worldwide with over 100 operators. Ever since the original A330-300 entered service, its hallmarks are its very efficient operating economics, innovative cabin features, while offering passengers much wider economy-class seats than any competing aircraft. Moreover, with numerous product improvements and with an operational reliability of 99.4 percent, the A330 is the most cost-efficient and capable aircraft in its class. 

Airbus Updates No.1389

A330-200 with increased range receives EASA certification

New A330 242 tonne version flies up to 15 hours non-stop

Airbus’ successful A330-200 has received EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) certification for the new 242 tonne Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) version, following certification in April 2015 (*) of the 242t A330-300. Certification from the US authorities (FAA) will follow.
Eric Zanin, Airbus Head of the A330 Programme said: “With this new 242t A330-200 our customers will benefit from even more range plus a proven 99.4 percent reliability, while offering their passengers best-in-class comfort. It’s unbeatable operating costs and unique versatility make the A330 Family a highly competitive solution in the medium to long haul market.”
The range of the new A330-200 242t increases by up to 350 nautical miles/650 kilometres compared to today’s 238 tonne model, allowing customers to fly missions up to 7,250 nm/ 13,400 km. Thanks to aerodynamic refinements and engine enhancements, operators will reduce their fuel consumption by up two percent.
Launched in 2012 and already in service on the larger A330-300 model, the 242 tonne variant is the platform for the A330neo – yet another concrete example of Airbus’ incremental innovation strategy.
The A330 Family seats 250 to 300 passengers (in a typical 3 class configuration) and includes Freighter, VIP, and Military Transport/Tanker variants. To date the A330 Family has attracted more than 1,500 orders and around 1,200 A330s are flying worldwide with over 100 operators. Ever since the original A330-300 entered service, its hallmarks are its very efficient operating economics, innovative cabin features, while offering passengers much wider economy-class seats than any competing aircraft. Moreover, with numerous product improvements and with an operational reliability of 99.4 percent, the A330 is the most cost-efficient and capable aircraft in its class.

Airbus Updates No.1388

50th A330 for Air China successfully completes maiden flight

China’s first A330-300 with higher maximum take-off weight

The 50th A330 to be operated by Air China, which is also China’s first A330-300 with the increased 242 tonne maximum take-off-weight (MTOW) capability, has successfully completed its maiden flight in Toulouse, France. Displaying a special livery to celebrate the “50th A330 for Air China”, the aircraft will be delivered to the Chinese carrier in September. 
Air China is the flag carrier of China, one of the world’s most dynamic aviation markets. Air China introduced its first A330 in 2006 and since then has become Air China’s benchmark widebody aircraft, supporting its tremendous growth both on domestic and international routes. Air China operates a fleet of 169 Airbus aircraft, comprising 120 A320 Family and 49 A330 Family aircraft.
The A330 with the higher, 242 tonne MTOW is the platform for the future A330neo, and is a concrete example of Airbus’ incremental innovation strategy. Thanks to latest engine improvements, and an aerodynamic package reducing aircraft drag, the A330 with 242 tonne MTOW offers an extended range of up to 500 nautical miles and up to two percent reduced fuel consumption. The 242 tonne A330 is capable of missions from 30 min to 15 hours.