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Saturday, 30 April 2016

Airbus Updates No.1498

Delta Orders 37 A321s

Third Delta A321ceo order in three years

Atlanta, Georgia (U.S.) – based Delta Air Lines has placed an order for 37 A321ceo aircraft. This order follows previous Delta orders for the Current Engine Option version of the largest Airbus A320 Family member in 2013 and 2014. Delta took delivery of its first A321 in March 2016. Including that aircraft and today’s announcement, Delta has ordered a total of 82 A321s. Each will be powered by CFM56  engines from CFM International.
"The Airbus A320 family of aircraft continues to be a cost-efficient, reliable and customer-pleasing mainstay of our narrowbody fleet," said Ed Bastian, Delta's incoming chief executive. "The order for the A321s is an opportunistic fleet move that enables us to produce strong returns and cost-effectively accelerate the retirement of Delta's 116 MD-88s in a capital efficient manner."
“Delta is an industry leader in many ways, not the least of which is contributing to the trend toward larger, more fuel-efficient aircraft for their single-aisle fleet,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer – Customers. “The A320 Family continues to be the backbone of every airline in the world that is paying attention to what their passengers want and their investors need. In 2015, nearly 40 percent of our A320 Family deliveries were A321s, up some 10 percent from the previous year. Our customers, like Delta, know where to find the best comfort, economy and reliability.” 
All of Delta’s A321s will feature fuel-saving Sharklets – lightweight composite wingtip devices that offer up to 4 percent fuel-burn savings. This environmental benefit gives airlines the option of extending their range up to 100 nautical miles/185 kilometres or increasing payload capacity by some 1000 pounds/450 kilograms.
Many of Delta’s A321s will be delivered from the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama. Aircraft assembly there began in July 2015, with the first aircraft, an A321ceo, being delivered April 25, 2016. By the end of 2017, the Mobile facility is expected to produce four aircraft per month, most going to Airbus’ U.S. customers.
As of the end of March 2016, Delta was flying a fleet of 165 Airbus aircraft, including 127 A320 Family members and 38 A330 widebodies. In addition to its A320 Family aircraft orders, the airline has a backlog of 5 A330-300, 25 A330-900 and 25 A350 XWB aircraft. 

Airbus Updates No.1497

China Eastern Airlines orders 20 Airbus A350 XWB

Endorsement pushes Airbus’ A350 XWB firm order book above 800

China Eastern Airlines has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus for 20 A350-900 aircraft, making the airline the latest customer for the aircraft.
“The introduction of the latest generation A350 XWB aircraft demonstrates that the partnership between China Eastern Airlines and Airbus has embarked on a new phase. The introduction of A350 XWB will play a very important role in promoting our operational capability, profitability and service brand on our international long haul routes and opening a new chapter in the international development of China Eastern Airlines,” said Liu Shaoyong, Chairman of China Eastern Airlines. 
“We are proud to welcome China Eastern Airlines, a long time and loyal Airbus partner, to become the latest airline to select the A350 XWB,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer – Customers. “The outstanding A350’s long haul performance, fuel efficiency and passenger comfort with its extra wide cabin and wider-seats, will allow China Eastern Airlines to achieve its ambitions to develop and efficiently expand its international route network.” 
China Eastern Airlines operates one of the largest Airbus fleet in the world with nearly 300 Airbus aircraft in service, comprising A320 Family and A330 Family. 
The A350 XWB is the world’s latest generation airliner and the newest member of Airbus’ modern, comfortable & efficient wide-body product family. It features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fiber fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs. For passengers the extra-wide cabin offers more personal space in all classes, including 18-inch wide seats as standard in economy class.
With this latest order, Airbus has recorded 803 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 43 customers worldwide, making it one of the most successful wide-body aircraft ever. So far 20 A350 XWBs have been delivered to five customers worldwide.

Airbus Updates No.1496

Philippine Airlines finalises order for the A350 XWB

Future flagship of airline’s long haul fleet for services to US and Europe

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has finalised a purchase agreement with Airbus covering the firm order of six A350-900s, plus six options. The contract firms up a Memorandum of Understanding announced earlier this year during the Singapore Airshow.
The A350 XWB will become the flagship of PAL’s future long haul fleet and will be configured with a premium three class layout. The airline will operate the aircraft on non-stop flights to the US, as well as on services to new destinations in Europe. 
“We are pleased to finalise this important order and are now defining the final layout for the aircraft,” said Jaime J. Bautista, President & COO of Philippine Airlines. “With the A350 we will introduce a whole new level of comfort for long haul flights, with more personal space in all classes, a quieter cabin and the very latest on-board amenities. At the same time we will benefit from the A350’s enhanced efficiency and ability to fly non-stop on even our longest sector from New York to Manila, all year round.”
“The order from Philippine Airlines underscores A350 XWB’s position as the aircraft of choice in the larger twin aisle category,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “The A350 XWB has set new standards, combining extra-long range capability with the lowest operating costs of any aircraft in its class. It will be the perfect aircraft for Philippine Airlines to reinforce its position as one of Asia’s leading premium carriers, especially on its longest intercontinental routes.”
The A350 XWB is the newest member of the Airbus widebody family. Featuring the most modern aerodynamic design, carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, the A350 XWB brings a 25 percent reduction in fuel burn and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs. For passengers the extra-wide cabin offers more personal space, including 18-inch wide seats as standard in economy class.
To date, Airbus has recorded 783 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 42 customers worldwide, already making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever.

Airbus Updates No.1495

Air Côte D’Ivoire orders two A320neos and two A320s

First order of the A320neo in Africa

Air Côte D’Ivoire, the national airline of Ivory Coast based in Abidjan, has signed a firm order for two A320neo and two A320 aircraft. The agreement makes Air Côte D’Ivoire the first African airline to order the A320neo. The airline’s first purchase agreement directly with Airbus also makes Air Côte D’Ivoire a new customer. 
Air Côte D’Ivoire selected the A320 Family for its wider cabin, low operating costs and excellent fuel efficiency. The airline has selected CFM engines for their A320 fleet. Air Côte D’Ivoire currently operates five Airbus aircraft on lease; 4 A319s and 1 A320. 
The aircraft will feature a 2-class cabin layout. The new aircraft will fit seamlessly into the airline’s current fleet, thanks to Airbus’ fleet commonality, and best-in-class passenger comfort of any single aisle aircraft. 
“With these new aircraft Air Côte d’Ivoire will position itself as a flagship airline in the region by offering its passengers the best on-board services. Air Côte d’Ivoire will also improve its punctuality and reliability thanks to these latest-generation Airbus aircraft,” said General Abdoulaye Coulibaly, Chairman of the Board. 
“We are very pleased to welcome Air Côte D’Ivoire as our first customer for the A320neo in Africa. Our A320neo and A320 will offer Air Côte D’Ivoire the lowest operational costs and the highest seat comfort and widest cabins for its passengers. This order will play a key role in the development of Air Côte D’Ivoire with new routes to West and Central Africa,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. 
This new order will strengthen the airline’s network that reaches today 23 international routes throughout West and Central Africa and 5 domestic destinations in Ivory Coast.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Airbus Updates No.1494

 Airbus A321 -211 7090  B-8405 China Eastern delivery 25-26apr16 XFW-TSE-PVG ex D-AZAG
 Airbus A330 -243 254  G-MLJL Thomas Cook Airlines ferried 23apr16 MAN-DUB for paint into new cs ex F-WWKT
 Airbus A330 -243 309  OY-VKF Thomas Cook Scandinavia ferried 22apr16 DUB-MAN after paint into new cs ex G-CSJS
 Airbus A330 -301 1716  N827NW Delta Air Lines delivery 28apr16 TLS-MSP ex F-WWYE
 Airbus A330 -243F 1722  TC-JOV Turkish Airlines Cargo delivery 28apr16 TLS-IST ex F-WWCI
 Airbus A340 -313 374  9H- Air X Charter delivery 25apr16 CMB-BOH, 4R-reg ex 4R-ADF
 Airbus A340 -642 723  G-VBLU Virgin Atlantic ferried 22/27apr16 LHR-LGW-SFB for part-out & scrap ex F-WWCS

Airbus Updates No.1493

Airbus A319 -133ACJ 1468  0001 Fuerza Aérea Venezolana re-delivery 26apr16 LDE-CCS, no titl ex YV2984
 Airbus A319 -112 1612  SX-BHN Olympus Airways ferried 26apr16 ATH-CRA ex N612MX
 Airbus A319 -112 1805  VP-BBT Rossiya Airlines ferried 21/25apr16 ROV-URR-VNO-LED on transfer ex C-GKNW
 Airbus A319 -111 2030  OO-SSS Brussels Airlines delivery 25-27apr16 TPA-BGR-KEF-OSR, N-reg for paint ex N924FR
 Airbus A319 -111 2241  VP-BNJ Donavia ferried 26apr16 ROV-VNO for transfer to Rossiya Airlines ex N930FR
 Airbus A319 -111 2243  VP-BWL Aurora ferried 26-27apr16 SEN-OVB-VVO after paint into same cs ex D-AVWV
 Airbus A320 -214 533  YL-LCL smartLynx Airlines ferried 26apr16 BCN-BHX on summer-lease to Thomas Cook Airlines ex EI-DDL
 Airbus A320 -233 902  LY-VEI Avion Express ferried 25apr16 ARN-MAN after wet-lease to Norwegian on summer-lease to Thomas Cook Airlines ex B-6049
 Airbus A320 -233 1626  LY-VEN Avion Express ferried 24apr16 CMN-NCL in summer lease to Thomas Cook Airlines ex CC-COM
 Airbus A320 -214 2529  D-ASPG Small Planet Airlines Germany ferried 24apr16 VIE-OSR, OE-reg for paint prior delivery ex OE-LEA
 Airbus A320 -214 2619  D-ASPH Small Planet Airlines Germany for delivery early may16 ex OSR ex D-ABDB
 Airbus A320 -232 4270  TF-SIS Wow Air ferried 26apr16 EMA-KEF after paint into violet cs ex LZ-MDC
 Airbus A320 -214 5209  PR-MYU TAM ferried 27-28apr16 AQA-CNF-SID-MLA ex F-WWBJ
 Airbus A320 -214 6950**  B-8391 China Eastern delivery 23apr16 TSN-PVG ex B-000Q
 Airbus A320 -214 7066  RP-C4108 Cebu Pacific Airlines delivery 23-24apr16 TLS-DWC-HAN-MNL ex F-WWDT
 Airbus A320 -232 7109  EC-MLE Vueling delivery 25apr16 XFW-BCN ex D-AVVK
 Airbus A321 -131 631  B-MAG Air Macau ferried 24-25apr16 MFM-NRT-GDX-ANC-GYR on return to lessor ex CS-MAG
 Airbus A321 -211 1960  OY-VKD Thomas Cook Scandinavia ferried 24apr16 CPH-EMA for paint, last A321 in old cs ex G-EFPA
 Airbus A321 -231 6512  N965JT jetBlue delivery 25apr16 BFM-LCQ 1st US-assembled Airbus ex F-WZMA
 Airbus A321 -231 7076  B-8541 Capital Airlines delivery 28apr16 XFW-TSE ex D-AZAB

Friday, 22 April 2016

Airbus Updates No.1492

Garuda Indonesia to receive 14 A330neo

New aircraft will support company’s business expansion

Garuda Indonesia has confirmed an order with Airbus for the purchase of 14 A330-900neo, the new re-engined version of the best-selling A330 widebody airliner, to support the company’s growth and business expansion in the future.   
The deal was signed at a ceremony in London in the presence of the President of Indonesia, His Excellency Joko Widodo and British Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. David Cameron MP.   
Garuda Indonesia plans to use the A330neo to develop its medium and long haul network, with the aircraft offering cutting edge technology along with more efficient operations. The order replaces and extends an existing order for seven A330-300 aircraft, and the A330neo will be delivered from 2019 onwards. 
“We are pleased to announce that we continue our long-standing relationship with Airbus. Both Garuda Indonesia and Airbus fully understand the aim of the deal as a long-term strategy to win the global challenge,” said Arif Wibowo, CEO of Garuda Indonesia. 
Arif explained, “The A330neo represents a more-efficient future for Garuda Indonesia. This order restructuring is believed to support our continued commitment to deliver the most modern, comfortable and excellent air travel service to all customers as well as to strengthen the sustained positive growth and business expansion of the company. 
“Furthermore, we are confident that this latest technology aircraft will support us to compete better in the industry.” 
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “This deal underlines the increasing importance of our ties with Indonesia - a fast growing economy and set to become the seventh largest in the world by 2030. 
“We are the fifth biggest investor in Indonesia and our relationship has more untapped potential. We want to encourage more British businesses to seize on these opportunities and we will continue to support them by banging the drum for British skills and expertise.” 
Airbus Chief Operating Officer Tom Williams said: “We are delighted to welcome Garuda Indonesia as a new customer for the A330neo. 
“The A330neo will bring a range of benefits from unbeatable operating economics including significant reductions in fuel consumption, lower maintenance costs and extended range capability. The aircraft will have Airbus’ all new Airspace cabin which will ensure the A330 continues to be a benchmark for passengers and airlines alike.”  
The deal is the latest milestone in a long standing partnership dating back more than 30 years, when the airline took delivery of its first Airbus A300.   
The A330-800neo and the A330-900neo are two new members of the Airbus Widebody Family with first deliveries scheduled to start in Q4 2017. The A330neo incorporates latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, aerodynamic enhancements and new cabin features. Benefitting from the unbeatable economics, versatility and high reliability of the A330, the A330neo reduces fuel consumption by 14% per seat, making it the most cost efficient, long range widebody aircraft on the market. 
In addition to greater fuel savings, A330neo operators will also benefit from a range increase of up to 400 nautical miles and all the operational commonality advantages of the Airbus Family. 
Garuda Indonesia is already rated a five star airline in terms of comfort and passenger services.
Airbus launched its new Cabin brand “Airspace by Airbus” on 23rd March in London. At the heart of this new philosophy, Airbus connects the wellbeing for passengers with the operational performance for its airline customers. Representing the best of Airbus’ cabin innovation and design, Airspace will offer a sophisticated, flexible canvas as a back-drop to enhance the airlines’ own brands. More information can be found at

Airbus Updates No.1491

Airbus completes painting of THAI’s first A350 XWB

Painting of the first A350 XWB for Thai Airways International (THAI) has been completed and the aircraft rolled-out from the Airbus paint shop in Toulouse, France, in the airline’s livery. The aircraft is now set to move to the next stages of production, including the installation of engines and cabin furnishing, before starting ground and flight tests. The aircraft is scheduled for delivery to THAI in mid-2016.
Bringing new levels of efficiency and comfort in the long range market, the A350 XWB family will be especially well suited to the needs of Asia-Pacific airlines. Firm orders from carriers in the region for the new aircraft already total 241, representing over a third of total sales for the A350 XWB to date. 
The A350 XWB is the world’s latest generation airliner and the newest member of Airbus’ modern, comfortable & efficient widebody product family. It features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fiber fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs. 

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Airbus Updates No.1490

Airbus A330 -303 1713  TC-LNF Turkish Airlines delivery 16apr16 TLS-IST ex F-WWYZ
 Airbus A330 -323 1714  B-8359 China Southern delivery 14apr16 TLS-TSN ex F-WWKE
 Airbus A340 -313 367  9H-SUN HiFly Malta under ZeroG conversion at LPBJ since 11apr16, to be ops 2016/2017 for Swiss Space Systems ex 4R-ADE
 Airbus A340 -313 381  UP- ? delivery 12apr16 SFB-ALA, N-reg canx 13apr16 ex N322AK
 Airbus A380 -861 208  A6-EOX Emirates delivery 13apr16 XFW-DXB ex F-WWSM

Airbus Updates No.1489

Airbus A310 -325 624  CS-TKN Azores Airlines SATA cs, ferried 16apr16 YMX-LIS after heavy mx ex TF-ELR
 Airbus A319 -132 1952  N477TA WFBN ferried 17apr16 MZJ-BGR on delivery to? ex D-AVWK
 Airbus A319 -115ACJ 2675  CS-TQJ White ferried / in svc 16apt16 DGX-LTN-AZI after storage ex VP-BEY
 Airbus A319 -112 2897  EC-JXV Vueling ferried 15apr16 BCN-MAD for paint prior transfer to Iberia ex D-AVWH
 Airbus A319 -111 3998  VQ-BCP Rossiya Airlines ferried 16apr16 SEN-LED after paint into new cs after transfer ex D-AVYZ
 Airbus A320 -211 214  F-GHQJ Air France ferried 14apr16 ORY-DGX for part-out 
 Airbus A320 -231 256  LZ-LAA Bulgarian Air Charter ferried 16apr16 BTS-SOF after paint into all white ex 5B-DBB
 Airbus A320 -231 314  EP-TTB Atrak Air re-delivery 14apr16 CGK-THR ex 5U-AND
 Airbus A320 -233 558  5B- CobaltAir posn 13apr16 KEF-LCA, all white, LY-reg ex LY-VEO
 Airbus A320 -212 795  9A- Trade Air delivery 16apr16 LIS-ZAG, CS-reg ex CS-TKJ
 Airbus A320 -214 883  SP-HAE Small Planet Airlines Polska ferried 15apr16 WAW-KUN after Sky Angkor Airlines lease (+ 914 SP-HAF ex XU-709) ex XU-708
 Airbus A320 -214 2619  D-ABDB Air Berlin ferried 17apr16 MUC-OSR for paint into standard cs? ex SP-IAH
 Airbus A320 -214 7035  B-LPP Hong Kong Airlines delivery 15-16apr16 TLS-DWC-HKG ex F-WWDH
 Airbus A320 -214 7050  PK-LAY Batik Air delivery 15-16apr16 TLS-AZI-KUL-SIN ex F-WWDA
 Airbus A320 -216 7057  HS-BBV Thai AirAsia delivery 15-16apr16 TLS-DWC-DMK ex F-WWBT
 Airbus A320 -214 7063  N363VA Virgin America delivery 14apr16 TLS-KEF-BGR-MIA ex F-WWID
 Airbus A320 -232 7075  B-8411 Shenzhen Airlines delivery 15-16apr16 XFW-TSE-SWA-SZX ex D-AVVF
 Airbus A321 -111 517  SX-ABC Olympus Airways posn 13apr16 ATH-JIB, all white, Daallo Airlines titl ex F-GYAP
 Airbus A321 -231 2862  VP-BBH Ural Airlines delivery 16-17apr16 SAL-YYZ-KEF, N-reg, basic TACA cs ex N564TA
 Airbus A330 -243 248  C-GJDA Air Transat delivery 17apr16 RKT-CDG ex A6-EKQ

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Airbus Updates No.1488


A350 XWB
Orders as of 31 March 201616,361


Airbus booked 14 orders in March for its single-aisle A320 Family, widebody A330 and A380, while the month’s 57 deliveries covered the company’s in-production product lines – with airline customers receiving A380s, A350 XWBs, A330s and A320 Family jetliners.
The new business during March involved two A380s from an undisclosed customer, seven A320neo aircraft for CSA Czech Airlines and one ACJ319neo corporate jet for a private customer, along with four A330-200s to be converted by Airbus Defence and Space into the Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) configuration.
Taking bookings and cancellations into account, Airbus’ net order total for the first three months of 2016 was 10 aircraft.
Deliveries in March were paced by the 47 single-aisle A320 Family jetliners, including four A320neo new engine option versions.
Widebody deliveries during the month involved five A330s, along with three A350 XWBs, as well as two A380s. 
In total, Airbus delivered 125 aircraft to 49 customers during the January-March timeframe (composed of 103 A320 Family aircraft – including five A320neo jetliners, 13 A330s, four A350 XWBs and five A380s).
Taking the latest month’s order and delivery activity into account, Airbus’ backlog stood at 6,716 aircraft to be delivered as of 31 March.


Review the worldwide Airbus commercial results with the summary table, below. 
In addition to orders, deliveries and aircraft in operations, this table shows Airbus' backlog, which is the number of jetliners on firm order that remain to be delivered.
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 orders81612458276831916361
Total deliveries816697916661849645
Aircraft in operation344667415601848762
Summary to 31 March 2016