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Saturday, 29 February 2020

Airbus Updates No.2539

Airbus A350  -941  397    EC-NIG  Iberia  for delivery 29feb20 TLS-MAD  ex F-WZGL
 Airbus A380  -841  6    9H-MIP  HiFly Malta  ferried 29feb20 LPBJ-LDE  ex 9V-SKC
 Airbus Canada A220  -171  50049    N130DU  Delta Air Lines  delivery 28feb20 YMX-ATL  ex C-FOYB

Airbus Updates No.2538

Airbus A320 -251N 9554   OE-ILD Avolon ferried 28feb20 TLS-LFBF, Tianjin Airlines B-30DU ntu  ex F-WWDR
 Airbus A321 -211 1887   VP-CCG Azur Aviation ferried 28feb20 NQYNWI for paint prior delivery to?  ex G-TCDX
 Airbus A321 -231 2107   A7-ADT Qatar Airways ferried 27feb20 DOH-OSR for paint into? ex D-AVXD
 Airbus A321 -231 2234   LY-VEA Avion Express ferried 26-27feb20 SGN-CCU-MCT-CAI-CHR after wet-lease to VietJetAir ex OE-IGB
 Airbus A321 -231 3274   9H-LIS HiFly Malta ferried 28feb20 LCA-NAP for paint prior wet-lease to Jet2  ex A7-ADV
 Airbus A321 -271NXLR 8980   P4-KGB Air Astana delivery 28feb20 XFW-TSE ex D-AVYQ
 Airbus A321 -271NXLR 9016   N2039J jetBlue delivery 29feb20 XFW-JFK ex D-AVYT
 Airbus A321 -271NX 9164   HA-LVH Wizz Air delivery 29feb20 XFW-BUD ex D-AZAT
 Airbus A321 -253NXLR 9187   EI-LRD Aer Lingus delivery 27feb20 XFW-DUB ex D-AVZP
 Airbus A321 -251NX 9243   PR-YJB Azul Linhas AĆ©reas delivery 29feb20 XFW-SID-CNF ex D-AVXG
 Airbus A321 -253NX 9318   N411AN American Airlines delivery 29feb20 XFW-PIT ex D-AVYB
 Airbus A321 -253NX 9466  N416AN American Airlines delivery 28feb20 BFM-TUL ex F-WZMM
 Airbus A330 -203 700   TC-AGL (AtlasGlobal)  ferried 27feb20 SNN-NAP ex EI-GEX
 Airbus A330 -343 1149   C-GKUG Air Canada regd 26feb20 prior delivery ex SIN  ex 9V-STQ
 Airbus A330 -941 1949   N405DX Delta Air Lines delivery 28feb20 TLS-NRT  ex F-WWYM
 Airbus A330 -302 1951   EI-EIN Aer Lingus delivery 28feb20 TLS-BRU, last built A330-300 ex F-WWCH
 Airbus A3350 -941 390   D-AIXP Lufthansa delivery 29feb20 TLS-MUC ex F-WZGC
 Airbus A340 -642 787   2-EALL European Aviation ferried 27feb20 LDE-BOH ex G-VWEB
 Airbus A350 -1041 372   A7-ANP Qatar Airways delivery 27feb20 TLS-DOH ex F-WZFP
 Airbus A350 -941 383   VQ-BFY Aeroflot delivery 29feb20 TLS-SVO ex F-WZGT

Airbus Updates No.2537

 Airbus A319 -132 2200   N875UA United Airlines delivery 27feb20 XMN-NRT-ANC-ORD ex B-6039
 Airbus A319 -132 2404   N4866U United Airlines delivery 24feb20 GYR-LCQ, for paint ex OE-IHF
 Airbus A319 -112 5085   2-WTBB World Star Aviation air-test at WOE 28feb20 prior delivery to?  ex 9H-LOL
 Airbus A320 -211 93   D-AIPK Lufthansa D-reg canx 20feb20, used as traimer by LH Technik at HAM  ex F-WWDQ
 Airbus A320 -232 1823   YL-LCP smartLynx Airlines posn 25feb20 DGX-BRU on wet-lease TUI Airlines Belgium  ex EI-EZS
 Airbus A320 -232 2112   LZ-GNF Genesis Lease seen regd 27feb20 at SNN ex RP-C7937
 Airbus A320 -232 2752   OE-IKU AerCap ferried 24-25feb20 MTY-YQX-LFBF  ex XA-VAG
 Airbus A320 -214 3304   C-GFWX Air Canada Rouge delivery 27feb20 GYR-YMX ex XA-VIP
 Airbus A320 -214 4942   N295NV Allegiant Air delivery 28feb20 GYR-VQQ, for paint ex N632AC
 Airbus A320 -214 5016   TS-IND Nouvelair Tunisie in full cs at BLR 27feb20 prior delivery ex VT-GOI
 Airbus A320 -214 5140   OE-LMJ LaudaMotion regd 26feb20, delivery 28-29feb20 CRK-CMB-MCT-CAI-VIE ex RP-C8618
 Airbus A320 -214 6012   F-HBIX GECAS ferried 28feb20 LFBF-WOE prior delivery to? ex F-WWBU
 Airbus A320 -216 6178   VT-VNS AirAsia India ferried 20-21feb20 DMK-HKG-HYD, HS-reg on transfer, in svc 26feb20 HYD-DEL  ex HS-BBN
 Airbus A320 -251NCJ 8403   G-KELT Acropolis Aviation onward delivery 27feb20 BSL-FAB after ACJ-config  ex F-WWBJ
 Airbus A320 -271N 8987   VT-IJG IndiGo Airlines delivery 28feb20 XFW-DEL ex D-AUAT
 Airbus A320 -251N 9323   SE-ROZ SAS delivery 28feb20 XFW-CPH ex D-AUAQ
 Airbus A320 -251N 9352   SE-ROL SAS delivery 25feb20 XFW-CPH ex D-AUBR
 Airbus A320 -251N 9484   N367FR Frontier Airlines delivery 26feb20 BFM-TPA ex F-WZMO
 Airbus A320 -251N 9532   SU-GFM EgyptAir delivery 26feb20 TLS-CAI ex F-WWIV
 Airbus A320 -251N 9551   G-TTNK British Airways delivery 27feb20 TLS-LHR ex F-WWDL

Airbus Updates No.2536

Aeroflot welcomes first of 22 Airbus A50XWB on order

Toulouse, Aeroflot – Russian flag carrier Aeroflot took delivery of its first Airbus A350-900. With this delivery, Aeroflot became the launch operator of the type in Eastern Europe and the CIS region.
The Russian operator has a total of 22 A350-900 aircraft on order and operates an Airbus fleet of 126 aircraft, including 107 A320 Family jets and 19 A330 Family jets.
Airbus A350-900 has a spacious three-class cabin layout with 316 seats: 28 private Business Class suites with full-flat seats, 24 Comfort Class with extra legroom and 264 Economy Class featuring the latest-generation Panasonic eX3 in-flight entertainment system, HD screens, and Wi-Fi connectivity to ensure an enhanced experience for all passengers on long-haul flights.
Aeroflot will deploy its A350-900s on routes between Moscow and London, Dubai, New York, Miami, Osaka, and Beijing. The A350 XWB has a flight range of 9,700 NM. Its Airspace by Airbus cabin design offers passengers and crews a quiet and comfortable flying experience.
Thanks to its aerodynamic design, carbon fiber fuselage, wings, and latest technology Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, the aircraft consumes 25% less fuel compared with previous-generation Widebody jets.
As of the end of January 2020, the A350 XWB Family jets received 935 firm orders from 50 operators across the world.

Airbus Updates No.2535

Tigerair Australia to retire A320s; Virgin moots widebodies

Tigerair Australia (TT, Melbourne Tullamarine) will retire all remaining A320-200s by October 2020 and transition to an all-B737-800 fleet going forward, parent Virgin Australia Holdings announced in its half-yearly earnings report.
"I'm pleased we can accelerate the transition of Tigerair to an all B737 fleet which will help get the business into a better financial position moving forward," Chief Executive Paul Scurrah said.
The low-cost carrier currently operates nine A320-200s and six B737-800s, the ch-aviation fleets advanced module shows. Out of the A320s, two were already scheduled for phase-out this year. The new plan also foresees the other seven aircraft being retired by October 2020. In turn, Tigerair will receive an additional two B737-800s from sister carrier Virgin Australia (VA, Brisbane Int'l).
In addition to fleet transitioning and downsizing, Tigerair will also terminate five loss-making domestic routes. As of April 28-29, 2020, the airline will cease flying from Sydney Kingsford Smith to Adelaide, Coffs Harbour, and Cairns, from Melbourne Tullamarine to Coffs Harbour, and from Hobart Int'l to Coolangatta/Gold Coast.
"Short-term capacity reductions will be made on the Tasman in Q4FY20 [from April to June 2020] due to weakening demand attributable to coronavirus," the group added.
In total, Virgin Australia Group will reduce its total capacity for the period January-June 2020 by 3%. The holding estimates that the drop in demand caused by the COVID-19 epidemic will have a AUD50-75 million Australian dollar (USD33-49 million) impact on its financial results this fiscal year.
Scurrah also told Reuters that Virgin Australia Group was contemplating a new widebody order to transition to a single-type long-haul fleet. Currently, Virgin Australia operates six A330-200s and Virgin Australia International five B777-300(ER)s.
"We are doing an exploration at the moment. If the deal is worth doing, we absolutely want to do one this year, but it is too early to speculate," Scurrah said.
The group owns one A330-200 and four B777-300(ER)s, while the remainder of its widebody fleet is leased. Scurrah said that if Virgin Australia chooses to place a widebody order, it will target deliveries before the leases start expiring in 2024.

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Airbus Updates No.2534

DGCA to audit Air India's Airbus A319s

India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has initiated an audit of all A319-100s operated by Air India (AI, Mumbai Int'l) after a passenger complained that a broken panel had obstructed an emergency exit on one of the aircraft, The Economic Times has reported.
"As an immediate corrective action, an engineering order to inspect and rectify the defect has been issued for compliance. As a preventive action, all Airbus 319 aircraft will be inspected to ensure the secured and correct installation of the panel during major checks," the flag carrier told the regulator.
The DGCA spotted the irregularity after a passenger tweeted an image of a panel blocking the emergency exit, potentially obstructing it in need of an evacuation.
According to the ch-aviation fleets advanced module, Air India currently operates twenty-two A319-100s, which are 11.7 years old on average.

Airbus Updates No.2533

AirAsia X asks for lease deferrals on Airbus A330-300's

AirAsia X (D7, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) has asked lessors to either waive or defer lease payments for its A330-300s due to the financial impact of the Covid-19 epidemic, Flightglobal has reported citing unnamed sources.
The carrier did not confirm the report but said that its exposure to the crisis is high as over 30% of its pre-epidemic capacity was to and from China.
Two unnamed lessors said that they were willing to discuss some relief to the long-haul low-cost carrier but were unlikely to accept lease rate waivers.

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Airbus Updates No.2532

Air Greenland to sell its only Airbus A330-200 aircraft

Kangerlussuaq, Greenland - Air Greenland is putting its only Airbus A330-200 for sale. The company is replacing the 21.5-year-old aircraft with a brand new A330-800.
The airline will receive its first A330neo at the end of 2021.
Air Greenland appointed Skytech-AIC for the sale of its PW4000-powered Airbus A330-200. The aircraft, which was manufactured in 1998 and has been in service with Air Greenland since 2002.
Skytech-AIC is a British aerospace company providing services to airlines and investors in aircraft finance, procurement, remarketing and fleet asset protection.

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Airbus Updates No.2531

Airbus A321 converted freighter secures EASA certification

European authorities have certified the Airbus A321 passenger-to-freighter conversion undertaken by the airframer’s EFW joint venture with ST Engineering.
Approval of the supplementary type certificate by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency follows the maiden flight of the initial converted aircraft on 22 January. The aircraft is set to be delivered to Vallair.
ST Engineering had recently stated that it expected to secure certification for the P2F conversion by the end of the first quarter of 2020.
“The swift process in attaining EASA’s STC shortly after our first flight test is a testament to the engineering and design strengths of our P2F solution,” says ST Engineering aerospace president Lim Serh Ghee.
EFW chief Andreas Sperl says the A321P2F “complements” the passenger-to-freight modification it undertakes for the A330.
He says the two fully-containerised decks – with up to 14 positions on the main deck and 10 on the lower – will provide an “ideal replacement” for older converted Boeing 757s.
The aircraft is intended to transport up to 27.9t over a range of 2,300nm.
Source: ST Engineering
Vallair is the launch operator for the A321P2F modification
Airbus says it is “confident” that more operators will show interest in the newly-developed modification as the aircraft enters service.
Lease management firm BBAM signed a general terms agreement at the end of last year for “several” A321P2F conversions, says EFW.
A321P2f cabin interior
Source: EFW
The A321P2F maindeck cabin
Its first aircraft was inducted in January for modification in Singapore and conversion of a second will start in March.
ST Engineering leasing venture Keystone Holdings has also reached a letter of intent with Qantas for conversion and lease of an A321P2F for delivery at the end of 2021.
A321P2f door
Source: EFW
The large maindeck cargo door installed on the port side
Airbus has forecast a market for some 1,000 conversions of small aircraft into freighters over the next two decades.