Tuesday 20 February 2024

Airbus Updates No.4228


Breeze discloses additional Airbus A220 order

On 20 February 2024, Airbus announced that Breeze Airways has placed an order for more A220-300s. In total, the airline has signed-up for ten additional aircraft. With this latest order, the total number of ordered A220s by Breeze stands at 90, making it the third largest customer of the type.

Breeze has, so far, taken delivery of 21 A220-300s, which it operates alongside its ten Embraer ERJ190s, and six ERJ195s. The airline also announced that it will move to an all-A220 operation by the end of this year, phasing-out its Embraers.

Saturday 17 February 2024

Airbus Updates No.4227


Iraq's Global Airlines secures two A321s for 2024 launch

lobal Airlines (Iraq) has leased two A321-200s from AFG Aviation Ireland, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AFG Air Finance, ahead of the planned launch of Hajj and Umrah charters later this year.

The lessor identified the aircraft as YI-BBA (msn 6399) and YI-BBC (msn 3458). While the former was previously reported as headed to Global Airlines, the second unit is a new addition to the start-up's fleet.

The 9.2-year-old ex-avianca airlines YI-BBA was registered in Iraq on February 2, 2024. In turn, the other aircraft - a 15.9-year-old, ex-Nordwind Airlines jet, remains registered in Bermuda. Both A321s remain parked at Cairo International airport for maintenance.

Global Airlines did not disclose any detailed plans beyond saying it would focus on religious traffic. It was incorporated in 2021.

Airbus Updates No.4226


JetBlue inks six more A220, A321neo sale/lease-backs

JetBlue Airways (B6, New York JFK) and BOC Aviation have entered into a new sale-and-leaseback agreement, this time covering three A220-300s and three A321-200neo through BOC Aviation (USA), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Singapore-based, Hong Kong-listed lessor.

In a stock market filing, BOC Aviation said the finance leases of the aircraft are scheduled to close in 2024.

It is the fourth finance agreement between both parties, bringing the tally to 33 aircraft (twelve A321neo and twenty-one A220-300s).

ch-aviation reached JetBlue for comment on the sale-and-leaseback transaction, requesting information regarding the aircraft registrations and serial numbers involved in the agreement. The airline wasn’t immediately available.

According to ch-aviation fleets data, JetBlue currently operates twenty-six A220-300s, 130 A320-200s, sixty-three A321-200s, twenty-one A321-200NX, ten A321-200NX(LR)s, and fifty-three E190s. The ch-aviation fleets ownership module shows the airline owns around three-quarters of its fleet.

Meanwhile, BOC Aviation owns 426 aircraft, including eighteen A220s, eighty-three A320ceo, 122 A320neo, eight A330ceo, six A330neo, nine A350s, sixty-one B737NGs, sixty B737-8/9s, twenty-seven B777-300ERs, and five B787s. It also manages an additional 34 aircraft, and has 224 on order.

Airbus Updates No.4225


German Government puts last Airbus A340 up for sale

The German Air Force/Luftwaffe (GAF, Cologne/Bonn) has put its last A340-300 up for sale via an online auction, with bids due by February 15, 2024.

16+01 (msn 274) is parked at Cologne/Bonn airport, having been retired from government service in August 2023 after an embarrassing technical fault stranded Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock forcing her to cancel her visit to Australia, Fiji, and New Zealand. It has since been operating sporadic test flights over Germany, most recently on December 21, 2023, according to AirNav Radarbox ADS-B data.

The 1999 vintage aircraft has accumulated 54,572 flight hours and 8,367 flight cycles. It has four CFM International CFM56-5C engines.

The Luftwaffe will ferry the jet to its next operator. While the aircraft has already been partially demilitarised, several items will only be removed after the ferry flight. The A340 is currently outfitted with a hybrid cabin featuring 24 full-flat business class seats in the executive section and 70 economy class seats in the aft.

The Luftwaffe planned to retire the two ex-Lufthansa A340-300s it operated in early 2024 but accelerated their exit after the August 2023 snafu. Sistership 16+02 (msn 355) was sold last year to an undisclosed customer in the United States and has since been re-registered as N577TA and remains parked at Roswell airport.

The two A340s were replaced with three brand-new A350-900s.

Airbus Updates No.4224


Airbus delays A321neo(XLR) induction to 3Q24

Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) has reportedly warned its customers that aircraft delivery delays will persist through at least early 2025, according to Reuters' sources. Aircraft due in late 2024 and early 2025 could be delivered a few months behind schedule.

While the carrier declined to comment, sources indicated that supply chain issues related to various parts have persisted. During an annual press conference, the manufacturer confirmed that the first A321-200NY(XLR) is now scheduled to enter into service in the third quarter of 2024, as opposed to the second quarter planned previously.

"We are finalising the [certification] documents, coming close to the certification. We need to close all of them, and there are thousands. So far, we have been planning the entry into service in Q2 2024, we have a slight delay, so it's shifting from Q2 to Q3 this year but we're very close to the entry into service and that's something we have also discussed with our customers, and for most of the aircraft, it doesn't change the delivery dates," Chief Executive Guillaume Faury said.

Airbus plans to deliver "a handful" of XLRs this year before ramping up production in 2025.

"We have as many bottlenecks as we have suppliers," he said, stressing that the specific nature of the bottlenecks depended on individual suppliers and their environment. "There is a lot of complexity, not a single bottleneck that is to be resolved. We're trying to find the right sweet spot between the very strong demand we have and the many, many bottlenecks on the supply side."

One of the complex issues is about engines. Although Faury stressed it was not the only one, he underlined that Airbus was "not happy" with the on-wing time of Pratt & Whitney PW1500G engines on the A220, but said that demand was proof that those issues had not dampened customers' appetites.

Airbus has grown its supply chain workforce by 150% over the last two years, Faury explained.

The current bottlenecks affect all aircraft families. While the A320neo Family comprises the majority of Airbus's deliveries and is thus bound to be affected, it is currently ramping up its A220 and A350 assembly rates much more rapidly, which thus creates pressure on these types.

Airbus Updates No.4223


Animawings has new owner and plans A220s/A320neos

On 15 February 2024, Aegean announced it has sold its 51% stake in Animawings to Romanian company Momento Group, which is now the sole owner of the airline. As a result of the sale of its shares, Animawings is also returning both its leased A320s to the Greek carrier. YR-AGA (3162) was returned on 27 December 2023 and is now flying again as SX-DGI, while YR-AGB (3316) is currently at Bucharest and being prepared for its return.

Once both aircraft are returned, Animawings will not have any plane in the fleet until March/April, when it is planning to take delivery of two leased Airbus A220-300s. It's currently unclear where the aircraft are sourced from.

According to its new owner, Animawings plans to grow the fleet to twelve aircraft in the coming three years and is specifically mentioning more A220s but also the A320neo as types

Wednesday 14 February 2024

Airbus Updates No.4222

A321N KLM 640KM to introduce a slightly updated livery on the A321neo

On 13 February 2024, KLM announced it will introduce a slightly updated livery on its upcoming Airbus A321neos. The "swoop" downwards will now go lower, which means the dark blue line will be under the nosedome of the aircraft. Today, this line is over the nose of the aircraft. In the press-release, KLM states that having a nose in a single colour makes nosedome replacements easier. The new A321neos will also feature the raccoon-mask around the cockpit windows. It's unclear if the modification will also be transferred to other types in the fleet.

KLM is expecting to take delivery of four A321neos this year, which are all leased via CDB Aviation:

  • A321-251NX PH-AXA (11895)
  • A321-251NX PH-AXB (12144)
  • A321-251NX PH-AXC (12238)
  • A321-251NX PH-AXD (12254)

The A321neo will be equipped with 227 seats, featuring 197 economy seats and 30 business class/economy comfort seats.

On 26 August 2024, KLM will launch commercial flights and the first destinations will be Berlin, Copenhagen and Stockholm. After delivery of the second aircraft, KLM will add Edinburgh, London-Heathrow and Paris-Charles de Gaulle as next destinations.

Airbus Updates No.4221


US-Bangla Airlines welcomes 1st Airbus A330-300

On 9 February 2024, US-Bangla Airlines welcomed its very first widebody aircraft. As we previously reported in July 2023, the carrier from Bangladesh is set to expand with two Airbus A330-300s. The first one, currently registered 9H-POP (1445), was welcomed with a traditional water salute and will become S2-ALA soon. The second A330-300 will become S2-ALB (1527) and will be following soon.

US-Bangla Airlines will utilize the duo to expand with new destinations in the Middle-East. Being mentioned are Bahrain, Dammam, Dubai, Jeddah, Kuwait City, and Riyadh. Both A330s are equipped with an all economy lay-out of 436 seats.

Airbus Updates No.4220


Airbus A320 -251N 11885  SE-RZZ SAS delivery 10feb24 TLS-ARN ex F-WWDT
 Airbus A320 -251N 11933  VT-RTW Air India delivery 09feb24 TLS-DEL ex F-WWDK
 Airbus A320 -251N 11948  VT-IQX IndiGo Airlines delivery 08feb24 TLS-DEL ex F-WWBQ
 Airbus A321 -231(F) 2799  D-AATD ST Aerospace air-test at CAN 08feb24 prior delivery to? ex G-MEDM
 Airbus A321 -231(F) 4406  JA82YA Spring Japan delivery 07feb24 XSP-TPE-NRT, F-reg, to ops for Yamato Transport ex F-WTBO
 Airbus A321 -231 6190  YR-FIB Fly One Airlines delivery 13feb24 KUN-BBU ex VP-BEU
 Airbus A321 -231 8600  A6-WAH Wizz Air Abu Dhabi delivery 10feb24 KTW-AUH after transfer ex G-WUKH
 Airbus A321 -251NX 11660  B-32GA Xiamen Airlines delivery 08-09feb24 XFW-SKD-XMN ex D-AVXC
 Airbus A321 -271NX 11715  G-WUNC Wizz Air UK delivery 09feb25 XFW-LTN ex D-AZWN
 Airbus A321 -271NX 11766  9H-WNA Wizz Air Malta delivery 08feb24 XFW-BUD ex D-AZXI
 Airbus A321 -271NX 11837  N635FR Frontier Airlines delivery 07feb24 BFM-TPA ex F-WZMR
 Airbus A330 -243 1009  N968AV Avianca Colombia ferried 05feb24 CLO-BOG prior P2F-conversion ex F-WWYE
 Airbus A330 -343(F) 1374  M-PVDM ASL Aviation air-test 14feb24 at DRS prior delivery ex HS-TBF
 Airbus A330 -343 1445  S2-ALA US-Bangla Airlines delivery 09feb24 CAN-DAC, 9H-reg ex 9H-POP
 Airbus A330 -243F 1594  TC-MCU MNG Airlines delivery 08feb24 CHR-IST ex M-ABSH
 Airbus Canada A220 -300 55260  N230BZ Breeze Airways delivery 13feb24 BFM-TPA ex C-GPWJ
 Airbus Canada A220 -300 55263  N3157J jetBlue Airways delivery 09feb24 BFM-YMX ex C-GPOK
 Airbus Canada A220 -300 55264  YL-ABU airBaltic delivery 13feb24 YMX-RIX ex C-FPBD

Airbus Updates No.4219


Airbus A319 -111 2497  JY-AYZ Royal Jordanian ferried 07jan24 AMM-BRU-KEF after storage ex EI-EYM
 Airbus A319 -112 3447  D-ABGK Lufthansa City Airlines ferried 14feb24 FMO-MUC after paint ex OE-LNB
 Airbus A319 -115 7284  N751AV Avianca Colombia ferried 13feb24 MDE-IAH-MZJ on return to lessor ex D-AVZWZ
 Airbus A320 -231 424  EY-314 Asian Express Airline delivery 13feb24 VAR-CRZ but diverted to THR ex YR-LIL
 Airbus A320 -214 1087  YL-EMU GetJet Airlies Latvia ferried 10feb24 LOS-MAD after Ibom Air wet-lease ops ex 9H-EMU
 Airbus A320 -214 1797  OO-SNC Brussels Airlines ferried 07feb24 BRU-NOC, for part-out & scrap ex D-ALTH
 Airbus A320 -214 2407  HL8563 Aero K Airlines OE-reg canx 13feb24 prior delivery ex BEG ex OE-LOH
 Airbus A320 -233 2434  YK-BAA Cham Wings delivery 07feb24 MSQ-DAM ex EX-32012
 Airbus A320 -216 2926  AP-BLY Pakistan International delivery 07feb24 CGK-BKK-KHI ex 9M-AFL
 Airbus A320 -214 3016  VP-CID Aviator Capital Management air-test at MZJ 08feb24 prior delivery to? ex N639VA
 Airbus A320 -214 3337  OE-IIN Sky High Leasing regd 08fen24 parked at LFBF ex VP-CCG
 Airbus A320 -214 3465  C-FCZF Air Canada delivery 09feb24 GSO-YLW ex N637VA
 Airbus A320 -214 3631  ES-SAA smartLynx Estonia ferried 07feb24 TAS-AYT after Panorama Airways wet-lease ops ex VP-CBM
 Airbus A320 -232 4384  9H-GTS Airhub Aviation ferried 10feb24 LOS_MAD after Ibom Air wet-lease ops ex VT-IGT
 Airbus A320 -222 4973  OY-JRS Danish Air Transport delivery 12-14feb24 KUL-MCT-SOF-KUN-BLL ex 9V-TRE
 Airbus A320 -214 5003  RP-C4330 Cebu Pacific Air delivery 08feb24 CTU-MNL ex B-6907
 Airbus A320 -251N 11170  B-32E3 Spring Airlines delivery 05feb24 TSN-PVG ex B-007T
 Airbus A320 -251N 11700  B-32GD China Southern delivery 06feb24 TSN-CAN ex B-000K
 Airbus A320 -271N 11840  N989NK Spirit Airlines delivery 09feb24 BFM-DTW ex F-WZMT
 Airbus A320 -252N 11871  F-HXKF Air Corsica delivery 08feb24 XFW-AJA ex D-AUBR

credit: Skyliner Aviation News

Friday 9 February 2024

Airbus Updates No.4218


Airbus warns airlines of new delivery delays -sources

PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus has begun notifying airlines of a new bout of delivery delays, pushing back some deliveries previously scheduled for late 2024 and parts of 2025 by several months amid ongoing supply problems, industry sources said on Friday.

An Airbus spokesperson declined to comment on delivery planning, but said: "We are in continuous dialogue with our customers. We are still operating in a complex environment."

Airbus began the year with a 50% rise in January deliveries compared to the same month of last year, which had been depressed by parts shortages and industrial bottlenecks.

But supplies of engines and other components remain relatively tight and shortages of aircraft that are needed to meet a recovery in demand could last for years, according to speakers at last week's Airline Economics conference in Dublin.

Air Lease Executive Chairman Steven Udvar-Hazy told the conference that many Airbus and Boeing single-aisle aircraft were already running "a year late, nine months late, eight months late. That's more the norm today".

Airbus exceeded its delivery target last year with 735 aircraft handed over to airlines and leasing companies. Jefferies analysts expect the European group to target around 800 deliveries for 2024 when it issues results on Feb 15.

Tuesday 6 February 2024

Airbus Updates No.4217


UK's Global Airlines secures ex-China Southern A380

Global Airlines has "taken full 100% ownership" of an A380-800 formerly operated by China Southern Airlines (CZ, Guangzhou), the start-up's CEO, James Asquith, announced.

"Buying an aircraft outright with no debt, no lease and no financing is no small task," he said. "Some things take a little longer to do when you have full asset ownership, but we are convinced this will set Global up well in the long run."

The 11.37-year-old aircraft was registered as B-6140 (msn 120) while flying for China Southern and was withdrawn from use and ferried to Mojave in late 2022. Kansas-based Jet Midwest confirmed it assisted Global with the acquisition, and on February 2, 2024, the aircraft was entered into the Maltese register as 9H-GLOBL. Hi Fly Malta (3L, Malta International) is the temporary registrant and will assist Global with the A380's ferry flight "in the next few weeks, with its next destination announced in due course."

Global aspires to operate trans-Atlantic flights using mixed-configuration A380s. However, it recently delayed its planned 2024 northern summer debut to later in the year.

In May 2023, Global Airlines announced it had acquired its initial A380-800 from Doric Asset Finance. That plane, 9H-MIP (msn 6), was first operated Singapore Airlines (SQ, Singapore Changi) and later leased by Hi Fly Malta. However, Hi Fly retired the plane in 2020. The aircraft has since been repainted into Global's livery but remains stored at Lourdes/Tarbes. Asquith's commentary on the weekend did not include an update on 9H-MIP.

Airbus Updates No.4216


Airbus A321 -231 6294  OE-IZX DVB Bank ferried 05feb24 LJU-GVA-WOE ex D-AAAM
 Airbus A321 -211 6767  D-AIAA Condor ferried 31jan24 NWI-DUS after paint ex LY-TUV
 Airbus A321 -251N 7746  UK Air Samarkand delivery 02feb24 LJU-SKD, OE-reg ex OE-IHX
 Airbus A321 -253NX 11171  B-32E9 Spring Airlines delivery 31jan24 TSN-PVG ex B-007V
 Airbus A321 -271NX 11784  N715NK Spirit Airlines delivery 31jan24 BFM-DTW ex F-WZMP
 Airbus A321 -271NX 11789  N713NK Spirit Airlines delivery 02feb24 BFM-DTW ex F-WZMQ
 Airbus A321 -271NX 11837  N635FR Frontier Airlines delivery 02feb24 BFM-TPA ex F-WZMR
 Airbus A321 -271NX 11880  N716NK Spirit Airlines delivery 02feb24 XFW-KEF-DTW ex D-AVXL
 Airbus A330 -332(F( 127  EI-HEB ASL Airlines Ireland erried 31jan24 CDG-DGX for part-out & scrap ex D-AAEB
 Airbus A330 -343 1549  9H-SMH smartLynx Airlines Malta ferried 02feb23 TAS-CHR after Paramount Airways wet-lease ops ex LZ-DAW
 Airbus A330 -941 1929  CS-TCF Orbest reg res 01feb24, parked at MAD ex OE-IHM
 Airbus A350 -941 558  VT-JRB Air India delivery 02feb24 TLS-DEL ex OE-LGC
 Airbus A380 -841 120  9H-GLOBL Global Airlines N-regd 30jan-02jan24, parked at MHV ex N123KK

Airbus Updates No.4215


Airbus A319 -112 2624  VT-SCB Air India ferried 01-04feb24 DEL-TBS-BHX-KEF-YYZ-TUS-MZJ ex D-AVYX
 Airbus A319 -132 2784  LY-BLZ Carlyle Aviation Partners ferried 31jan24 CRK-DMK-HYD ex RP-C9368
 Airbus A319 -112 3449  D-ABGK Lufthansa City Airlines ferried 31jan24 MUC-FMO for paint ex OE-LNB
 Airbus A319 -132 4227  D-AGWP Eurowings first in svc 04-05feb24 DUS-KAO-DUS after re-transfer ex 9H-EXP
 Airbus A320 -214 1542  N542FT UMB Bank regd 01feb24, stored at NKG ex B-2220
 Airbus A320 -214 1757  9H-VDS Galistair posn 02feb24 OPF-LRM, Red Air (Dominicana) titlm for wet-lease ops ex HK-5051
 Airbus A320 -214 3762  C-GEXI Air Transat posn 29jan24 PRG-KEF-YYZ on winter-lease, regd 31jan24 ex OK-IIO
 Airbus A320 -214 3866  9H-SLI smartLynx Airlines Malta ferried 31jan24 LOS-CHR after Air Peace wet-lease ops ex EI-GVX
 Airbus A320 -214 3880  9H-SLJ smartLynx Airlines Malta posn 30jan24 CHR-LOS for Air Pace wet-lease ops ex EI-GVY
 Airbus A320 -214 4618  HB-JLP Edelweiss Airlines ferried 29jan24 ZRH-NWI for paint after transfer ex F-WWBP
 Airbus A320 -214 4655  N841VA Aerogen Aircraft Co ferried 02-05feb24 TUS-BGR-SNN-CAI-MCT-HYD, MyAirline cs, for IndiGo ex F-WWDS
 Airbus A320 -214 4688  PK-AZX Indonesia AirAsia first in svc 03feb24 CGK-DPS-CGK ex N211FR
 Airbus A320 -233 4944  VP-CSQ JPL Stratos Leasing ferried 03-05feb24 TLL-KEF-YHZ-MEX ex N684TA
 Airbus A320 -214 4999  2-GSPC World Star Aviation ferried 01feb24 FMO-ZAG after paint into all white ex N851VA
 Airbus A320 -251N 11170  B-32E3 Spring Airlines delivery 05feb24 TSN-PVG ex B-007T
 Airbus A320 -251N 11682  B-32GN China Eastern delivery 01feb24 TSN-NKG ex B-000J
 Airbus A320 -251N 11700  B-32GD China Southern delivery 06feb24 TSN-CAN ex B-000K
 Airbus A320 -251N 11923  VT-IQS IndiGo Airlines delivery 31jan24 TLS-DEL ex F-WWIH
 Airbus A320 -251N 11927  VT-RTV Air India delivery 02feb24 TLS-DEL ex F-WWBB
 Airbus A321 -211 5849  OE-IDP Shan Ireland Co ferried 31jan24 TPE-TNA, regd 02feb24 ex B-16207

credit: Skyliner Aviation News

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