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Monday, 25 September 2017

Airbus Updates No.1667

Turkish Airlines in talks with Airbus for jets after Boeing deal
September 23, 2017 | 2:35 PM
 
by Reuters
Boeing and the Turkish government also announced a joint initiative to support the Turkish aerospace industry. - Reuters file picture
 
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Paris: Turkish Airlines has begun talks with Airbus to buy up to 40 A350 jetliners worth $12.4 billion at list prices, hours after outlining a similar deal with rival planemaker Boeing, people familiar with the airline said on Friday.

The carrier's first significant moves on expansion since last year's failed Turkish coup appear designed to signal a rebound coinciding with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to the United Nations, though no deals have yet been finalised.

In New York, where Erdogan this week attended the UN General Assembly, Boeing said on Thursday Turkish Airlines (THY) intended to buy 40 of its 787-9 Dreamliner jets worth $11 billion at list prices.

Boeing and the Turkish government also announced a joint initiative to support the Turkish aerospace industry.

"During the talks to finalise the order, we are strictly evaluating the $1 billion worth business volume for the local Turkish supplier industry," Turkish Airlines Chairman Ilker Aycı said in a statement on Friday.

Hours after the Boeing announcement, attention switched behind the scenes to Boeing's arch-rival Airbus as Turkish Airlines also sought prices from the European planemaker for up to 40 wide-body A350-900 jets, the people said.

It was not immediately clear whether this might lead to a separate order or clash with the 787 talks or even be just a case of THY checking Boeing's prices against Airbus's. But THY typically maintains a balanced fleet from the rival planemakers and analysts said the diplomatic setting and wider industrial agreement suggested the Boeing deal was likely to go ahead.

That deal came as US President Donald Trump praised Erdogan as a friend, despite tensions between the two countries over Turkish security officials involved in street fighting with protesters during a visit to Washington in May.

But the timing and nature of the US deal were unexpected. THY had previously expressed interest in the larger 777X.

Both Boeing and Airbus declined to comment on discussions with the airline. THY was not available for comment.

THY is growing quickly to compete with Gulf carriers but diplomats say it also has a history of making political points with airplane deals as well as using new routes to project Turkey's 'soft power' abroad. In the past, it has tied abortive talks to buy the Airbus A380 to European Union accession talks, according to industry sources and cables released by Wikileaks.

Industry sources said the latest separate discussions with Boeing and Airbus appeared to have been accelerated to fit this week's diplomatic schedule, with no visible tendering process.

"There are politics involved," one industry source said.

Aircraft negotiations often take months, even years, and are usually kept under wraps until there is at least a preliminary agreement. Follow-up talks with each side may take some time.

"Turkish Airlines intends to buy 40 787-9 aircraft. However, it has not actually ordered the aircraft, so we’re not sure that this is really an announcement at all," Robert Stallard, aerospace analyst at Vertical Research Partners, said in a note.

THY's passenger numbers were hit by last year's coup attempt, as well as security concerns and tensions with Russia, prompting the airline to postpone Airbus and Boeing deliveries. Passenger numbers grew 6.1 percent between January and August.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Airbus Updates No.1666

New Airbus A330 Completion & Delivery Centre Opens Up in China


The first Airbus wide-body completion and delivery centre outside Europe has been inaugurated in Tianjin, China, complementing an already broad and worldwide footprint with assembly lines in Toulouse, Hamburg and Mobile.
The new completion center is built at the same location of the manufacturer’s current Tianjin assembly line for single-aisle A319 and A320 aircraft. With this location, Airbus will be catering the largest A330 customers in the world.
The construction of this Completion and Delivery Centre (C&DC) began in March 2016 with a ground-breaking ceremony hosted by Tianjin’s Vice-Mayor, Duan Chunhua, National Development and Reform Commission Vice-Minister, Lin Nianxiu, Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Bregier and Aviation Industry Corporation of China president Lin Zuoming.
The project is part of a joint venture between Airbus, Tianjin Free Trade Zone, and Aviation Industry Corporation of China.
This A330 C&DC will host cabin installation, aircraft painting, and production flight test activities, as well as customer flight acceptance and aircraft deliveries.
According to a note released by Airbus, over 150 Chinese Airbus C&DC staff members were trained in Toulouse to guarantee full compatibility with the manufacturer’s guidelines at the new China-based site. It is expected to see a further expansion of 250 workers that will strengthen this new operations center in China.
“The inauguration of our A330 C&DC in Tianjin, together with the first of many deliveries, marks a new milestone for Airbus’ international footprint and underlines the strong spirit of cooperation with our Chinese partners,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus COO and President of Commercial Aircraft.
“Wide-body aircraft completed in China is an Airbus and an industry first, which demonstrates our mutual commitment to a strong and growing Chinese aviation sector.”

EMPTY CABINS, UNPAINTED AIRCRAFT TRANSFORMED


The US$240 million center will receive empty, unpainted A330 aircraft previously assembled in France, which will then be transformed into final products as ordered by the customers.
The C&DC features a paint shop, a weighing hangar, and one main hangar with three aircraft positions, covering an area of 16,800m2. Its current capacity is set to deliver two aircraft per month by early 2019.
The inaugural ceremony was paired with an official delivery of the first European and Chinese-made A330 to Tianjin Airlines. The aircraft was assembled and equipped in Toulouse by Chinese and European staff and is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines. The airliner is equipped with 260 seats in a two-class configuration.


FORECASTING THE CHINESE MARKET


According to Airbus, the A330-200/300 is the most popular wide-body aircraft in China. The manufacturer reports that there are about 200 A330s that are currently operated by nine Chinese airlines.
Airbus claims that it has a strong 61% market share in the long-haul sector in the country.
According to Eric Chen, President at Airbus China, the country’s airlines will need about 6,000 airliners over the next two decades, specifically for large carriers as a result of the increasing passenger traffic in China, where an expansion of 14% per year is forecasted.
Manufacturing competition in the region is also alive, with Chinese manufacturer COMAC launching its medium-haul C919, and Boeing opening up a new 737 assembly next year.
By the end of August 2017, the in-service Airbus fleet with Chinese carriers includes 1,484 aircraft, of which 1,282 belong to the A320 family, and 202 to the A330 family. To date, the A330 family has 1,700 orders.

Airbus Updates No.1665

AIRBUS WINS A321NEO ORDER FROM LA COMPAGNIE


The all-business class, luxury carrier La Compagnie, has announced an order for two Airbus A321neo set to replace the airline’s aging Boeing 757-200s on its Transatlantic Paris (CDG) – Newark (EWR) flights. The new Airbus airliners are expected to be delivered by 2019.
The premium carrier is the only survivor of a Premium Class-only craze that began in the early 2000s, which saw a flurry of startups and quick failures, including Maxjet (MY, 2003-2007), Eos (E0, 2004-2008), and Silverjet (Y7, 2006-2008).
Today, La Compagnie operates two Boeing 757-200s fitted with just 74 seats on the premium Paris-New York route.

AIRBUS TAKES THE WIN


Back in January, the airline’s co-founder and former CEO, Frantz Yvelin, told Airways that the aging Boeing 757s were soon due for replacement and that both Boeing 737-9 MAX and the Airbus A321neo were being contemplated as candidates.
“We don’t want to alter our business model or think ‘too big’,” explained the CEO. “So we’ll remain with single-aisle aircraft with a size similar to the 757,” he said.
Yvelin said La Compagnie would be “making a decision within months and in a couple of years we’ll have a last-generation fleet in the air.”
After today’s announcement, however, it’s clear that Airbus takes the win with its A321neo, the model that has ripped a large share of the middle of the market (MoM) segment from Boeing. The A321neo remains as the best-selling MoM aircraft in history.
As far as Boeing is concerned, failing to find a proper replacement for its successful Boeing 757 program continues to pay its toll by giving away business to its European counterpart.

THE ORIGINS OF LA COMPAGNIE


It took four years to launch this boutique airline. Frantz Yvelin, the co-founder and former CEO of La Compagnie, told Airways “The idea of a new model of Premium Class came to me during a flight from the U.S. to Europe back in 2005,” he said.
“That evening, I found myself stuck in the middle of the central row of seats aboard a wide-body airliner for what were going to be 11 painful hours. Before takeoff, I asked one of the flight attendants if I could be upgraded to Business Class and she replied that, for €4,000 (US$4,400), she could find me a seat up front.”
“That’s when I started to reason about a model of the cabin that could be both comfortable and affordable. A sort of ‘democratic Business Class’,” he revealed.
Yvelin and his new business partner, former Swissair and Jet Airways COO Peter Luethi, raised €62 million (US$69 million) and in October 2013 officially created La Compagnie.
La Compagnie dry-leased two Boeing 757-200s; one from Icelandair Group and the other through lessor Aercap. The cabins are arranged in a 2-2 layout.
The seats, designed and manufactured by Contour, offered 62in pitch and seat-recline of 155 degrees. Flight entertainment was carried on 12.2in screen Samsung Galaxy tablets, and the menus were developed by Michelin-starred chef Christophe Langrèe.

LIE FLAT IN SIGHT


Currently, La Compagnie’s Boeing 757-200s aren’t fitted with fully lie-flat seats.
Yvelin told Airways that, “we have reasoned about the possibility of offering lie-flat-180° reclining seats, but that would require more space for each row of seats and would reduce capacity by approximately 20%. Consequently, ticket price would be increased by 20%, and that would be the end of La Compagnie and its ‘democratic Business Class’.”
The cabin inside a La Compagnie Boeing 757. (Credits: La Compagnie)
However, the A321neos will be fitted with fully flat seats, an all-new entertainment system, and Wi-Fi connectivity—a major upgrade to the current hard product.
La Compagnie hasn’t revealed further details on the new hard product’s branding and configuration.

OPTIMIZING LA COMPAGNIE


In December 2016, La Compagnie merged with French Low-Cost Carrier, XL Airways. Both Paris-based carriers now formed the new XL Airways-La Compagnie Group, led by CEO Laurent Magnin.
Magnin said in a statement, “Since the merger with XL Airways, less than a year ago, we are working on optimizing La Compagnie’s performance. The acquisition of these A321neo aircraft, more modern and efficient than the current Boeing 757, was essential to accelerate the company’s development and enable us to enter the market on a long-term basis.”
While La Compagnie will continue to focus on the premium Paris-New York all-business class route, XL Airways will carry on with its high-density Airbus A330 fleet flying to more than 10 long-haul destinations in North America, the Caribbean, and the Indian Ocean.
Expect an update as soon as the airline reveals details on the configuration and hard product branding of their new Airbus A321neos.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Airbus Updates No.1664

 Airbus A321 -231 7756  N909AM American Airlines delivery 15sep17 BFM-DFW ex F-WZMM
 Airbus A321 -231 7882  B-1005 Juneyao Airlines delivery 14-15sep17 XFW-TSE-PVG-SHA ex D-AZAS
 Airbus A330 -343 277  C-GFAF Air Canada ferried / in svc 16-17sep17 ARA-YYZ-LHR-YYZ after paint into new cs, 1st repainted A330 ex F-WWKO
 Airbus A330 -223 891  5N-JIC Arik Air ferried 17sep17 PGF-BOD after storage ex EI-EWH
 Airbus A330 -302 1535  5A-ONR Afriqiyah Airways noted again in svc 17sep17 MJI-JFK ex F-WHUT
 Airbus A350 -941 138  B-18909 China Airlines delivery 14sep17 TLS-TPE ex F-WZFS

Airbus Updates No.1663

Airbus A319 -111 1154  EC-HGR Iberia last svc 08sep17 MAD-MUC-MAD prior return to lessor ex D-AVYY
 Airbus A319 -111 1654  9H-LCB Hyperion Aviation ferried 14sep17 MLA-BUD after storage ex EI-ETN
 Airbus A319 -111 1753  9H-MCS Hyperion Aviation ferried 14sep17 MLA-BUD after storage ex EI-ETP
 Airbus A319 -112 1916  UR-CQG Dart Airlines ferried 06sep17 DJE-IEV after wet-lease to Tunisair ex 2-VKCW
 Airbus A320 -211 117  D-AIPT germanwings ferried 11sep17 LETL-CGN prior return to svc ex F-WWIL
 Airbus A320 -211 218  D-AIQK germanwings ferried 15sep17 LETL-SOF prior return to svc ex F-WWDX
 Airbus A320 -212 427  SX-ABX Olympus Airways ferried 12sep17 ORY-IEV after wet-lease to Aigle Azur ex 2-TGXE
 Airbus A320 -232 667  RP-C8993 Philippines AirAsia ferried 14-16sep17 CRK-CTS-ANC-GWO for part-out & scrap ex N403AC
 Airbus A320 -214 2584  VT-IHC IndiGo Airlines delivery 14sep17 CMB-DEL ex 4R-ABK
 Airbus A320 -232 2661  XA-VAB VivaAeroBus delivery 15sep17 GIG-SJO-MTY ex PR-MAY
 Airbus A320 -211 382  D-AIQR LH Technik at SOF 01sep17 in special weird livery for movie shooting prior scrap ex F-WIZ
 Airbus A320 -214 6467  A7-LAB Qatar Airways ferried 16sep17 CMN-DOH after wet-lease to Royal Air Maroc (+ 6494 A7-LAC, + 6622 A7-LAE 04sep17) ex F-WWIO
 Airbus A320 -271N 7507  VT-WGF Go Air delivery 15sep17 TLS-DEL ex F-WWBH
 Airbus A320 -214 7773  B-8593 Zhejiang Loong Airlines delivery 13sep17 TSN-HGH ex B-000T
 Airbus A320 -251N 7794  9M-AGH AirAsia delivery 16-17sep17 XFW-KRW-KUL ex D-AVVF
 Airbus A320 -214 7817  HZ-AS60 Saudi Arabian Airlines delivery 18sep17 TLS-JED ex F-WWDY
 Airbus A320 -214 7819  PK-LUW Batik Air delivery 15-16sep17 TLS-AZI-KUL-CGK ex F-WWBP
 Airbus A320 -251N 7854  PR-OBL Avianca Brasil for delivery 19-20sep17 TLS-SID-POA ex D-AXAJ
 Airbus A320 -214 7867  HZ-FAB Flyadeal delivery 15sep17 XFW-JED ex D-AVVW
 Airbus A320 -214 883  LY-SPH Small Planet Airlines posn 07-08 sep17 VNO-ALA-REP on winter lease to Sky Angkor Airlines ex SP-HAE

Friday, 8 September 2017

Airbus Updates No.1662

First A330 MRTT Phénix for France makes maiden flight



Madrid, 7 September 2017 - Airbus Defence and Space has today successfully completed the maiden flight of the first A330 MRTT Multi Role Tanker Transport for France. The aircraft, which will be known in French service as Phénix, is the first of nine ordered by the French Defence Procurement Agency DGA, plus another three expected to be confirmed. It is the second new standard A330 MRTT to fly, featuring structural modifications, aerodynamic improvements giving a fuel-burn reduction of up to 1%, upgraded avionics computers and enhanced military systems. The aircraft was converted in Getafe from a standard A330 assembled in Toulouse. The crew reported that the aircraft performed in line with expectations during the 3h 25min flight. The Phénix fleet will be equipped with a combination of the Airbus Aerial Refuelling Boom System (ARBS) and underwing hose-and-drogue refuelling pods, and can carry 272 passengers or be configured for medical evacuation. First delivery is due in 2018. Fifty-one A330 MRTTs have been ordered by eight nations of which 28 have been delivered. Photo: Pablo Cabellos / Airbus

Airbus Updates No.1661


All Nippon Airways takes delivery of its first A321neo
Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) had taken delivery of its first A321neo, becoming the launch operator of the version of the aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM geared turbofan engines. 
ANA’s A321neo is configured for 194 passengers with 8 premium class seats and 186 economy class seats. ANA will start scheduled commercial services on domestic routes from October. The aircraft is the first for the airline to be used on domestic routes equipped with in-flight entertainment system for all seats. 
ANA currently operates 16 A320 Family aircraft, with another 29 on order for future delivery. Parent company ANA HOLDINGS (ANA HD) also has three A380s on order. 
The A321 is the largest member of the A320 Family and seats between 185 and 240 passengers, depending on cabin configuration. Incorporating the latest engines, aerodynamic advances and cabin innovations, the A321neo offers a reduction in fuel consumption of 15 per cent per seat from day one and 20 per cent by 2020 and can fly up to 4,000 nautical miles (7,400 kilometres) non-stop – further than any other single-aisle airliner. 
The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single-aisle product line and comprises four models (A318, A319, A320, A321) seating from 100 to 240 seats. To date, the Family has won over 13,200 orders and more than 7,700 aircraft have been delivered to some 400 customers and operators worldwide.

Airbus Updates No.1660

Airbus A319 -132 3144  N896UA United Airlines ferried 04sep17 VCV-DEN after paint prior entry to svc ex B-6239
 Airbus A319 -133 7738  B-8665 Shenzhen Airlines delivery 04sep17 TSN-SZX ex B-000H
 Airbus A320 -231 260  N260MD Jetran ferried 07sep17 SFB-SBD for part-out & scrap ex XA-MXT
 Airbus A320 -231 430  EP-APH Iran Aseman Airlines re-regd first in svc 06-07sep17 THR-OMH-IST-OMH-THR ex EP-ZAZ
 Airbus A320 -232 2661  XA-VAB VivaAeroBus air-test at GRU 06sep17, PR-reg prior delivery ex PR-MAY
 Airbus A320 -214 5109  VT-IXC AirAsia India for delivery 08sep17 DUB-ESB-BLR, EI-reg ex EI-GCO
 Airbus A320 -271N 6868  VT-ITG IndiGo Airlines back in svc 07sep17 DEL-BOM-DEL after interim storage ex F-WWDI
 Airbus A320 -271N 7333  B-8952 Tianjin Airlines delivery 07sep17 TLS-TSE ex F-WWIF
 Airbus A320 -271N 7540  B-8949 Sichuan Airlines delivery 04-05sep17 TLS-TSE-TSN ex F-WWBK
 Airbus A320 -251N 7727  N313FR Frontier Airlines delivery 07sep17 TLS-YYR-DEN "Wiley the Bison" ex F-WWTV
 Airbus A320 -232 7761  B-8582 Air China delivery 07sep17 TSN-CTU ex B-000L
 Airbus A320 -214 7806  VP-BKP Aeroflot delivery 07sep17 TLS-SVO ex F-WWIZ
 Airbus A321 -272N 7839  JA131A ANA All Nippon delivery 06sep17 XFW-OVB ex D-AVXR
 Airbus A321 -231 7872  B-LEG Hong Kong Express delivery 07-08sep17 XFW-RKT-UTP-HKG ex D-AVZH
 Airbus A321 -231 7874  N984JB jetBlue delivery 08-09sep17 XFW-JFK-GSO ex D-AVZK

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Airbus Updates No.1659

ANALYSIS: United Converts A350-1000 Order to A350-900

UNITED
ANALYSIS: United Converts A350-1000 Order to A350-900
September 06
08:112017
CHICAGO — United Airlines has expanded and modified its order for Airbus A350 jets, converting an order for 35 Airbus A350-1000s to 45 A350-900 widebodies. The conversion ends months of speculation about the future of United’s A350 order after multiple deferrals of delivery and commentary from company executives about potentially converting the order to other Airbus widebody variants or even canceling the order outright.
“For the past year, United has done a complete review to ensure that we have the right long-term fleet strategy, and it was clear that the A350 aligns with our replacement needs and our network,” said Andrew Levy (CFO of United), “The combination of the range performance and efficiencies make the A350 an attractive aircraft for United.”
“This updated and expanded order is a strong reaffirmation of the A350 XWB Family,” added John Leahy (COO-Customers for Airbus), “United and Airbus have had a long and strong partnership for many years, and we’ve worked together to ensure their requirements for the future are met, if not exceeded. The airline’s decision to grow its widebody fleet with, for the first time, a widebody model from Airbus, shows they know that the A350 will meet their financial and performance demands while pleasing their customers who will enjoy the quietest and most comfortable cabin in its class.”
United’s original A350 purchase consisted of 25 A350-900s. The order was placed in March 2010, before United’s merger with Continental Airlines later that year. In June of 2013, United converted the order over to the A350-1000 and added ten frames to the buy, landing on the current order for 35 A350-1000s.
The A350-1000s were intended to replace United’s aging fleet of Boeing 747-400 jets, which were incredibly inefficient in an era of high fuel prices and faced rising maintenance costs. The 35 jets would replace the ~25 747-400s in United’s fleet with some growth layered on top. But when the bottom dropped out from the oil market in June 2014, conditions changed.
Ironically, the advent of the A350-1000 and Boeing’s own 777X left the 777-300ER variant as a bit of a lame duck. With Boeing desperate to fill the production gap from the 777 Classic to the 777X, it began to offer very attractive pricing on the 777-300ER. And with fuel prices down, United felt comfortable accelerating the retirement of the 747s by ordering ten 777-300ERs at end-of-line prices in April of 2015.
Over the last two years, United incrementally added to its 777-300ER order, growing to a present fleet of 14 frames with four more on order. Between the 777-300ER and (in some cases from San Francisco) the 787-9, United has effectively pushed all of its 747-400s out of the door (all 13 remaining frames will be retired by year’s end). Along the way, United deferred delivery of its A350-1000s on multiple occasions (most recently in July).
It now appears that the July deferral was merely intended to position United for A350-900 delivery slots (as opposed to earlier A350-1000s). And while the A350-1000’s raison d’etre for a place in United’s fleet is up in the air, the A350-900 is a clear fit. Because of United’s hubs in major metro areas, it is subject to much more competition on its international flying than peer carriers like American or Delta. Accordingly, United needs the lowest possible unit costs on many sectors, a goal that is less well supported by the 787-9 (which is the world’s most efficient “long and thin” plane). The 787-10 does offer similar (better sans what was likely a massive Airbus discount) unit costs but lacks the range capabilities for flights to Asia and the Middle East of the A350-900.
For Airbus meanwhile, the order is a massive win, as it saves close to 4% of the company’s outstanding backlog on the A350. An outright cancellation by United would have been one of the biggest financial blows to Airbus since the global financial crisis (as Airbus has spent most of that time with record order figures and backlog). But in what is likely one of his final sales, Leahy and his team at Airbus managed to pull another customer back from the brink.
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