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Sunday, 31 July 2016

Airbus Updates No.1542

Airbus A320 -214 3891  TC-FHY FreeBird Airlines ferried 27jul16 SGN-DEL-AYT after wet-lease to VietJetAir ex CS-TKO
 Airbus A320 -214 5209  EI-FSV Latam Ireland regd 26jul16, parked at AUH ex PR-MYU
 Airbus A320 -214 7092  B-8417 Tibet Airlines delivery 28jul16 TSN-CTU ex B-000D
 Airbus A320 -214 7215  VP-BAC Aeroflot delivery 28jul16 TLS-SVO ex F-WWIK
 Airbus A320 -232 7232  B-8636 Shenzhen Airlines delivery 27-28jul16 TLS-TSE-XMN ex F-WWIZ
 Airbus A320 -214 7238  XA-CRM InterJet delivery 29-30jul16 TLS-KEF-BGR-TLC ex F-WWDU
 Airbus A321 -231 6973  N166NN American Airlines delivery 29jul16 BFM-DFW ex F-WZMF
 Airbus A321 -211 7214  N307DX Delta Air Lines delivery 30jul16 XFW-KEF-YYR-MSP ex D-AVZU
 Airbus A321 -211 7222  B-8638 China Southern delivery 28-29jul16 XFW-TSE-TSN ex D-AVZZ
 Airbus A321 -231 7242  TC-JTM Turkish Airlines delivery 28jul16 XFW-IST ex D-AYAD
 Airbus A321 -211 7244  B-8571 China Eastern delivery 29-30jul16 XFW-TSE-PVG ex D-AYAE
 Airbus A321 -232 7248  B-8495 Air China delivery 30-31jul16 XFW-OVB-TSN ex D-AYAF
 Airbus A330 -321 64  HS-TED Thai International ferried 28-29jul16 UTP-NGO-SBD after storage ex F-WWKS
 Airbus A330 -322(F) 116  D-AAEA EAT Leipzig G-reg canx 18jul16 during P2F-conversion at DRS ex G-CIOH
 Airbus A330 -243 372  CS-TOT TAP Portugal first in svc 29jul16 LIS-BOS-LIS ex PR-AIX
 Airbus A330 -202 1736  EC-MLB Iberia delivery 29jul16 TLS-MAD ex F-WWYR
 Airbus A340 -313 278  D-AAAM Lufthansa Technik ferried 28jul16 SZW-HAM, all white prior delivery to? ex 9M-XAC
 Airbus A340 -313 835  OH-LQB Finnair ferried 29jul16 FCO-LDE, all white on return to lessor ex F-WWJG
 Airbus A350 -941 41  9V-SME Singapore Airlines delivery 28jul16 TLS-SIN ex F-WZGN

Airbus Updates No.1541

Allegiant places order for 12 Airbus A320ceo aircraft

U.S. airline transitions to an all-Airbus fleet


Las Vegas, Nevada-based Allegiant Travel Company has signed a purchase agreement for 12 Airbus A320ceo (current engine option) aircraft. This deal marks the first time the low-cost airline has purchased new aircraft from any manufacturer. Each will be powered by CFM56 engines from CFM International. The company’s current fleet plan is focused on a transition to all Airbus aircraft including a mix of previously-owned aircraft along with those included in this deal.
“Allegiant offers travelers convenient, affordable nonstop service enabling them to more easily enjoy their favorite vacation destinations,” said Maury Gallagher, Chairman and CEO of Allegiant Travel Company. “As we continue to transition to an all-Airbus fleet, this purchase will allow us to accelerate that process, reduce complexity in our fleet and provide our passengers with an ever-improving experience.”
“We love it when we hear the Allegiant team say that ‘Airbus is our future’, because that demonstrates they are hitting their bottom-line goals while also satisfying their passengers, and they know it’s because of the Airbus A320 Family,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer – Customers. “The A320 offers wider and more comfortable 18” seats, wider aisles for faster boarding and more on-board storage space for today’s larger carry-ons. Low-cost carriers come back to the A320 Family again and again because it offers optimum performance from all perspectives. When an airline grows its A320 fleet, it’s making a sound investment in its financial future.” 
Allegiant currently operates a fleet of 15 A319ceo and 16 A320ceo aircraft. 
The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with nearly 12,600 orders since launch and more than 7,100 aircraft delivered to some 400 customer and operators worldwide. Thanks to their widest cabin, all members of the A320 Family offer unmatched comfort in all classes and Airbus’ 18” wide seats in economy as standard. The A320 Family, seating from 100 to 240 passengers, seamlessly covers the entire single-aisle segment from low to high-density domestic to longer range routes.

Airbus Updates No.1540

Cebu Pacific places order for two A330-300s

Reflecting success of Airbus widebody on carrier’s long haul low fare routes

Manila-based Cebu Pacific has placed a firm order with Airbus for two A330-300s. The aircraft will join an existing fleet of six A330s flying with the airline on long range flights to destinations in the Middle East and Australia, as well on selected domestic and regional routes. 
“The A330 has proven to be the right choice for our long haul low fare product,” said Lance Gokongwei, Cebu Pacific President and Chief Executive Officer. “The newly ordered aircraft will enable us to add more long haul routes, including the launch of our first flights to the US. We are excited to be expanding our widebody fleet, offering more low fare options for our customers to fly further than ever before.”
“This order from Cebu Pacific is another endorsement of the unrivalled efficiency of the A330 for profitable long haul low cost services,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers. “Combining low operating costs, proven reliability and a great passenger experience, the A330 is the clear preferred choice of airlines in this competitive market segment. We are looking forward to working with Cebu Pacific as it grows its long haul services and flies to more destinations across the world.”
Cebu Pacific currently operates 49 Airbus aircraft, including six A330s and a fleet of 43 A320 Family single aisle aircraft flying on its extensive domestic and regional network. In addition to the contract announced today, the airline has 32 latest generation A321neo aircraft on order for future delivery.
The A330 is one of the most popular widebody aircraft ever, having now won over 1,600 orders. Today, over 1,300 aircraft are flying with some 120 airlines worldwide on a wide range of routes, from domestic and regional flights to long range intercontinental services of up to 13 hours. Offering the lowest operating costs in its category, and thanks to continuous investment and innovations, the A330 is the most profitable and best performing aircraft in its class.

Airbus Updates No.1539

JetBlue orders 30 additional A321 aircraft

Order combines current and new engine types

New York-based JetBlue Airways has amended its purchase agreement with Airbus to include an additional 15 Airbus A321ceo (current engine option) and 15 A321neo (new engine option) aircraft.  The airline, which already operates A321s, has not yet announced its engine selection for the newly ordered aircraft.  Beginning in 2019, JetBlue has the flexibility to configure the New Engine Option aircraft to the Longer Range version of the A321 – the A321LR.
“Airbus has been our partner since the beginning, and we are proud that our partnership continues today,” said Robin Hayes, president and CEO, JetBlue. “The A321 is an incredible aircraft that is delivering results for our business. We intend to deploy many of these aircraft to expand our successful Mint experience and our west coast presence.”
Many of JetBlue’s newly ordered A321 aircraft are expected to be delivered from Airbus’ newest manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama.  The first aircraft to be produced at Airbus’ U.S. Manufacturing Facility – a JetBlue A321 known as “BluesMobile” – is on public display today at the EAA AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  BluesMobile was delivered to the airline and entered service this spring.
“When we decided to build an assembly line in the U.S., we did it to help meet the increasing demand from our U.S. customers,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer – Customers. “The A320 Family is a market leader worldwide – one that has found particularly great success in the United States because of its economics, efficiency and comfort. We look forward to delivering more and more aircraft from our U.S. facility to our customers here in America.”
JetBlue currently operates a fleet of 160 A320 Family aircraft, including 130 A320s and 30 A321s. Including the order announced today, the airline’s backlog of Airbus aircraft comprises 116 planes: 25 A320neo, 31 A321ceo, and 60 A321neo aircraft.
The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with almost 12,600 orders since launch and more than 7,100 aircraft delivered to more than 320 operators worldwide. Thanks to their widest cabin, all members of the A320 Family offer unmatched comfort in all classes and Airbus’ 18” wide seats in economy as standard. With one aircraft in four sizes, the A320 Family, seating from 100 to 240 passengers, seamlessly covers the entire single-aisle segment from low to high-density domestic to longer range routes.

Airbus Updates No.1538

THAI’s first A350 XWB takes to the skies

The first A350 XWB for Thai Airways International (THAI) has completed its maiden flight over the skies of South West France. The aircraft bearing the airline’s distinctive livery will now enter the final phase of production, including further ground and flight tests.
Altogether, THAI will acquire a total of 12 A350-900s with four on direct order and eight on lease. The airline will be able to operate these aircraft on long range as well as on selected regional services.
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.
To date, Airbus has recorded a total of 810 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 43 customers worldwide, already making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Airbus Updates No.1537

Airbus Updates No.1536

Turkey’s Pegasus Airlines receives world's first CFM powered Airbus A320neo

Airline becomes launch operator for A320neo with CFM engines

Pegasus Airlines, Turkey’s leading low-cost airline, took delivery on Tuesday July 19th, its first Airbus A320neo powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1A engines, becoming the first airline to do so for the type. Pegasus placed the largest single order by a Turkish carrier for up to 100 A320neo Family aircraft in 2012, making it a new Airbus customer. Pegasus Airlines along with Airbus and CFM top management and employees celebrated the delivery in a private ceremony at Airbus’ site in Hamburg. 
“This delivery marks the start of Pegasus’ fleet renewal with the most fuel efficient aircraft incorporating the latest technologies, aerodynamics, engines and a comfortable cabin,” said Mehmet Nane, CEO of Pegasus Airlines. “We have an ambitious expansion strategy and the A320neo will be the backbone of this.” 
“We are delighted to be delivering our first CFM powered A320neo to Pegasus Airlines.” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. “It fills us with pride that Pegasus Airlines has selected the A320neo Family to achieve its impressive growth plans. We are sure the aircraft will deliver on their expectations.” 
"Today, Pegasus, Airbus and CFM are making history. Introducing a new engine family in commercial service happens almost once in a lifetime. It's a big deal, so we are very proud to do it with our long-term customer, Pegasus, and with Airbus,” said CFM International CEO Jean-Paul Ebanga. 
The A320neo Family is the world’s best-selling and most fuel efficient single aisle aircraft Family. The A320neo powering with the CFM International’s LEAP-1A provides operators with double digits improvements in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions - with a 15 percent reduction upon entry into service and up to a 20% reduction by 2020. 
The A320neo Family incorporates the very latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices. With over 4,500 orders received from 83 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured some 60 percent share of the market. The Airbus’ A320neo Family offers thanks to their widest cabin unmatched comfort in all classes and Airbus’ 18-inch wide seats in economy as standard.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Airbus Updates No.1535

A340 -313 199  YV Avior Airlines ferried 12jul16 LDE-GIG by Azur Aviation, F-reg prior delivery ex F-WTDH
 Airbus A340 -313 844  OH-LQC Finnair ferried 05jul16 HEL-FCO for paint into all white prior return to lessor ex F-WWJI
 Airbus A400M -180 35  54+04 Luftwaffe delivery 13jul16 SVQ-ETNW ex A4M035

Airbus Updates No.1534

Airbus A319 -111 2091  UR-COP Khors Aircompany ferried 12jul16 IKA-HRK, ntu by? ex VP-BDO
 Airbus A319 133ACJ 4042  TC-IST Türkiye Cumhuriyeti delivery 12jul16 SAW-IST after cabin config & paint ex B-6418
 Airbus A320 -231 53  LY-RGA Global Airways delivery 11/14jul16 TUS-FLL-SID, N-reg ex N621AW
 Airbus A320 -231 415  LY-SPC Grand Cru Airlines air-test at KUN 08jul16 prior wet-lease ops ex MMX ex EI-ETM
 Airbus A320 -214 1516  EC-LRG Vueling posn / in svc 09jul16 MAD-GRX-BCN-IBZ-BCN, basic cs, no titl ex EC-HTA
 Airbus A320 -214 5525  D-AIZR Eurowings ferried 01/11jul16 DUS-NWI-DUS for paint into Borussia Dortmund cs ex D-AXAP
 Airbus A320 -232 7197  B-8413 Shenzhen Airlines delivery 11-12jul16 TLS-TSE-SZX ex F-WWDH
 Airbus A320 -232 7213  VN-A564 Jetstar Pacific delivery 13jul16 TLS-DWC ex F-WWIY
 Airbus A320 -214 7235  G-EZPN easyJet delivery 11jul16 TLS-LTN ex F-WWDT
 Airbus A320 -214 7261  D-AEWK Eurowings delivery 15jul16 XFW-DUS ex D-AXAC
 Airbus A321 -211 3191  SP-HAZ Small Planet Polska delivery / in svc 08jul16 BUD-WAW-KTW-ZTH-KTW ex VP-BRW
 Airbus A321 -211 6756  VP-BEG Aeroflot in full cs at SNN 14jul16, EI-reg prior delivery ex EI-OVB
 Airbus A321 -211 7064  B-8423 China Southern delivery 15jul16 XFW-TSE ex D-AVXV
 Airbus A321 -211 7165  N306DN Delta Air Lines delivery 15jul16 XFW-KEF-YYR-MSP ex D-AVXP
 Airbus A321 -211 7212  B-8570 China Eastern for delivery 15-16jul16 XFW-TSE-PVG ex D-AVZT
 Airbus A321 -231 7217  HA-LXH Wizz Air delivery 15jul16 XFW-BUD ex D-AVZV
 Airbus A321 -231 7218  EC-MMU Vueling delivery 13jul16 XFW-BCN "Mason Wartman" ex D-AVZW
 Airbus A330 -243 247  PT-MVC TAM ferried 13jul16 GIG-LDE on return to lessor ex F-WWKH
 Airbus A330 -343 1099  B-LNR Hong Kong Airlines delivery 08jul16 XMN-HKG ex LZ-AWF
 Airbus A330 -243MRTT 1610  ZZ343 Royal Air Force delivery 13jul16 LEGT-BZZ, regd MRTT029 ex EC-331

Airbus Updates No.1533

DHL Signs A330-300P2F Conversion Launch Contract with EFW

13-Jul-2016 Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), the joint venture of the world’s leading aircraft maintenance and engineering company ST Aerospace, and global leader in aeronautics Airbus Group, today announced the signature of the Airbus A330-300P2F (passenger-to-freighter) conversion launch contract with DHL Express, the world’s leading express and logistics company.  
Under the agreement, EFW will convert four Airbus A330-300 passenger aircraft to a 26-pallet cargo configuration, capable of carrying up to 61 metric tonnes of payload.  The first aircraft will be inducted into EFW’s Dresden-based facilities in July 2016, scheduled for redelivery to DHL Express by end 2017.
“The A330-300P2F conversion will address an important requirement within our global aviation fleet for mid-range, high volume cargo aircraft,” said Geoff Kehr, Senior Vice President, Global Air Fleet Management of DHL Express.  “It will bring added flexibility andcapacity to our operations, and will further support our aims of improving fuel efficiency for every kilo of cargo carried within our air network.”
"We are very glad and proud to have DHL Express as launch customer,” said Dr Andreas Sperl, President and CEO of EFW.  “The A330P2F programme ensures the continuity of high quality freighter aircraft made by EFW in Dresden."
The A330P2F conversion programme, launched in 2012 is a collaboration between Airbus, EFW and ST Aerospace.  ST Aerospace, as the programme and technical lead for the engineering development phase, is responsible for applying for the supplemental type certificates for the freighter conversions, from the European Aviation Safety Agency and the US Federal Aviation Administration.  Aircraft OEM Airbus contributes to the programme with OEM data and certification support, while EFW leads the industrialisation phase and marketing for the freighter conversion programme.
The A330P2F programme includes two versions – the A330-200P2F and the larger A330-300P2F.  Of the two variants, the larger A330-300P2F is suited for integrators and express carriers due to its high volumetric payload capability with lower-density cargo.  Complementing this will be the A330-200P2F, which is optimised for higher-density freight and longer range performance.
DHL Express is EFW’s first customer for the A330-300P2F conversion programme, while a launch contract with Egyptair Cargo was secured in December 2014, for the A330-200P2F conversion programme.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Airbus Updates No.1532

Airbus wins $35 billion of aircraft orders at Farnborough Air Show 2016

Reaffirming Airbus’ market-leading position and buoyancy of the industry
Airlines’ upsizing to A321neo – the undisputed ‘middle-market’ champion.

During the 2016 Farnborough Air Show, Airbus won $35 billion worth of business for a total of 279 aircraft, covering by single-aisle and widebody aircraft families. The deals comprise firm orders for 197 aircraft worth $26.3 billion and commitments for 82 aircraft worth $8.7 billion.
Sales and commitments at Farnborough of the A320 Family were strong, with business accounting for a total of 269 aircraft worth $31.3 billion. This total comprises 187 firm orders worth $22.6 billion, and commitments (eg. MoUs) for 82 aircraft worth 8.7 billion. Notably the larger A321neo model took a lion’s share of the single-aisle announcements – with firm selections from three airlines for 140 aircraft, reflecting the trend for airlines to upsize to larger single-aisle aircraft.
In the widebody segment Airbus won firm orders for 10 aircraft worth $3.4 billion comprising two A330-300s and eight A350-1000s. In addition to these new widebody orders, the show also saw the launch order from DHL Express for the A330-300 Passenger-To-Freighter conversion programme, in partnership with EFW and ST Aerospace.
John Leahy, Airbus’ Chief Operating Officer, Customers said: “Our orders this week at Farnborough confirm a buoyant industry in which we have once again surpassed our competitor. In addition, airlines upsizing to the A321neo shows that this aircraft is the undisputed ‘middle-of-the-market’ champion.”
Airbus is the world’s leading aircraft manufacturer of passenger airliners, ranging in capacity from 100 to more than 600 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.

Airbus Updates No.1531

Aer Lingus adds two A330-300s to its future fleet

Aer Lingus is expanding its fleet of A330-300s by two aircraft following a decision to exercise options. The carrier currently operates eight A330s increasing to 10 aircraft in 2016. With the latest decision Aer Lingus’ A330 fleet will grow to 12 aircraft.
The airline today carries over 12 million passengers each year to over 70 destinations across Ireland, the UK, Continental Europe and North America. It celebrated its 80th year of operation in May 2016. 
“This further commitment by Aer Lingus to the A330 demonstrates the unmatched operating economics and operational versatility of this aircraft,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “We are delighted to be continuing our long-standing partnership with Aer Lingus.”
The A330 is one of the most popular widebody aircraft ever and has to date won over 1,500 orders, with over 1,100 flying with some 110 operators worldwide. With a true wide-body fuselage allowing very high comfort standards, the A330-300 is able to accommodate seat and class configurations to suit the diverse customer requirements. It has a range of up to 5,650 nm / 10,500 km with a full passenger load.
Highly efficient and optimized for the medium - to extended range market, the A330-300 offers the best balance between range and cost. The A330-300 remains the most economic means of flying 300 or so passengers on medium range routes in true long haul comfort.

Airbus Updates No.1530

ALAFCO upsizes to A321neo

Agreement for A321neo confirms market trend for larger models

ALAFCO Aviation Lease and Finance Company, the Kuwait-based international aircraft leasing company, has upsized an order of ten A320neos to A321neos. The contract was signed today at Farnborough International Airshow. This agreement is part of an overall agreement signed in 2012 for 85 A320neo’s.      
“In a continuously growing market, ALAFCO is fully focused on offering its customers the most modern, technologically advanced and economically efficient aircraft. With the A321neo we will be able to look forward to even greater levels of efficiency and offer our customers some of the best that the industry has to offer," said Ahmad A. Alzabin, ALAFCO Chairman & CEO.
“This upsizing from A320neos to A321neos confirms the market trend for larger aircraft. The A321neo will bring ALAFCO’s customers unbeatable economics and the highest standard of passenger comfort. It is the ideal middle of the market aircraft,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers.  
The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with almost 12,600 orders since launch and more than 7,100 aircraft delivered to more than 320 operators worldwide. Thanks to their widest cabin, all members of the A320 Family offer unmatched comfort in all classes and Airbus’ 18” wide seats in economy as standard. With one aircraft in four sizes, the A320 Family, seating from 100 to 240 passengers, seamlessly covers the entire single-aisle segment from low to high-density domestic to longer range routes.

Airbus Updates No.1529

Norwegian selects 30 A321LR for first transatlantic routes

A321LR performance, range and comfort ideal for longer haul routes

Norwegian, one of the largest low cost carriers in Europe, has placed an order for 30 A321LRs with Airbus. This follows a commitment signed in June 2012 for 100 A320neo aircraft. The switch from 30 A320neo aircraft to 30 A321LRs will support the carrier’s growth and modernization strategy and allows it to become the first low-cost carrier to operate the A321LR.
Norwegian (the brand name of Norwegian Air Shuttle AS) operates a network across Europe, North America and Asia, and is rapidly expanding its low cost operations. The new aircraft will feature a single class cabin layout, seating approximately 220 passengers.
"I am very excited about this new order of the Airbus A321LR,” says CEO of Norwegian, Bjorn Kjos. “The new ‘short long-haul’ aircraft available from 2019 fits really well with our global expansion plans and future long-haul network, both in terms of size, range and fuel efficiency. The Airbus A321LR is the newest narrow body long-haul aircraft on the market and with this order we will have a significant cost advantage and increased competitiveness, which means that we can offer our customers low prices on board brand new aircraft to a wide range of new destinations,ʺ said Kjos.
“We are very happy that Norwegian has selected the A321LR, the longest range of any single aisle airliner in the world. We are pleased that Norwegian will be the first low-cost transatlantic operator with the A321LR,” said John Leahy, COO Customers. “The A321LR sets new industry standards for eco-efficiency in terms of fuel saving and passenger appeal.”
The A321LR, the latest member of the market leading A320neo Family, will be able to fly longer routes of up to 4,000 nm. The A321LR will provide additional flexibility as it will have the longest range of any single aisle airliner, making it ideally suited to transatlantic routes and enable airlines to tap into new long haul markets which were not previously accessible with current single aisle aircraft. First deliveries will start in 2019.
The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with almost 12,600 orders since launch and more than 7,100 aircraft delivered to more than 320 operators worldwide. Thanks to their widest cabin, all members of the A320 Family offer unmatched comfort in all classes and Airbus’ 18” wide seats in economy as standard.
With one aircraft in four sizes, the A320 Family, seating from 100 to 240 passengers, seamlessly covers the entire single-aisle segment from low to high-density domestic to longer range routes.