Wednesday, 27 September 2023

Airbus Updates No.4111


Alaska Airlines to complete Airbus A321neo exit by 4Q23

Alaska Airlines (AS, Seattle Tacoma International) is set to end A321-200N operations by the end of the current month with the type's last flight set to be AS1126 from Seattle Tacoma International to Los Angeles International, according to the ch-aviation schedules module.

Having inherited the Airbus jets from Virgin America via a now concluded merger, Alaska Airlines will once again be an all-Boeing operator in terms of mainline aircraft.

The ch-aviation fleets advanced module shows that the carrier has ten A321neo. While all of them were ordered by Virgin America before its merger with Alaska Air Group, only four were delivered to the low-cost carrier and the remaining six to Alaska Airlines. Five remain active, while the other five were retired in the first half of September 2023.

Alaska Airlines retired all ten A319-100s in 2020 and all fifty-three A320-200s by early 2023. The A321neo were to remain in service through the end of 2023, but the airline accelerated their phase-out.

The ch-aviation fleets advanced module reveals that Alaska Airlines' passenger B737 fleet comprises eleven B737-700s, fifty-nine B737-800s, fifty-six ACV!7M9s, twelve B737-900s, and seventy-nine B737-900ERs. It also has orders for ten B737-8s and thirty-one more -9s.

Airbus Updates No.4110


Airbus A321 -271NXLR 11551  XA-VXM VivaAerobus delivery 23sep23 XFW-KEF-BGR-MTY ex D-AVZR
 Airbus A321 -271NX 11570  N712NK Spirit Airlines delivery 23sep23 XFW-KEF-DTW ex D-AVXW
 Airbus A321 -251NX 11581  SU-GFW Egyptair delivery 27sep23 XFW-CAI ex D-AVZN
 Airbus A321 -271NX 11605  N708NK Spriit Airlines delivery 22sep23 BFM-DTW ex F-WZMU
 Airbus A330 -202 339  EI-DIP ITA Airways ferried 26sep23 FCO-DGX on return to lessor ex A6-EYW
 Airbus A330 -243 501  UK-33077 Tashkent Air first in svc 23sep23 TAS-ISB-TAS ex TC-OCV
 Airbus A330 -343 1037  VP-CRP AerGo Capital Leasing ferried 22sep23 FCO-NAP ex HS-TEQ
 Airbus A330 -243 1138  YR- HiSky Europe G-reg canx 21sep23 at EGBP, 2-regd since prior delivery ex G-SAHA
 Airbus A330 -343 1531  9H-SMF smartLynx Airlines Malta ferried 21sep23 YYZ-CHR after Air Transat wet-lease ops ex LZ-DBL
 Airbus A330 -343 1743  9H-AHQ Airhub Aviation ferried 25se2ü3 CHR-JNB, re-delivery to South African Airways? ex ZS-SXJ
 Airbus A330 -243(MRTT) 2015  F-UJCR Armée de l´Air delivery 19sep23 LEGT-LFMI ex EC-343
 Airbus A330 -243 1261**  EC-ODP Wamos Air delivery 22sep23 PVG-CHR, VP-reg ex VP-BNX
 Airbus A350 -941 45  HB- Edelweiss Airlines ferried 20sep23 VCV-LDE, N-reg prior paint & delivery ex N286BN
 Airbus A350 -941 98  EC-OAV Iberia first in svc 20sep23 MAD-LHR-MAD ex OE-LCT
 Airbus A350 -941 226  HS-THQ Thai International OE-reg canx 25sep23 at MLA prior delivery ex OE-IPK
 Airbus A350 -941 612  F-HUVB Air France delivery 22sep23 TLS-CDG ex F-WZFU
 Airbus A380 -861 136  A6-EEO Emirates ferried 25seü23 DXB-LETL ex F-WWAX
 Airbus Canada A220 -300 55222  N3138J jetBlue Airways delivery 22sep23 BFM-YMX ex C-GPQZ

Airbus Updates No.4109


Airbus A320 -232 456  N407UA United Airlines ferried 19sep23 ORD-TUP for part-out & scrap ex F-WWDB
 Airbus A320 -214 1242  EI-CVA Aer Lingus ferried 15/27sep23 DUB-NQY-NOC, for part-out & scrap ex F-WWIT
 Airbus A320 -232 2164  N2164E DVB Bank ferried 20-23sep23 SAT-SDM-HNL-MAJ-GUM-CAN for P2F-conversion ex TC-JUF
 Airbus A320 -214 3240  SE-RGF Braathens International Airways delivery 19-20sep23 TUS-BGR-KEF-OSR, LZ-reg ex LZ-DBS
 Airbus A320 -214 3465  N637VA Alaska Airlines ferried 23sep23 VCV-GSO for paint prior delivery to? ex F-WWBN
 Airbus A320 -214 4135  5A-BRF Berniq Airways ferried 22sep23 ISL-CAI, M-eg canx same day ex M-ABNP
 Airbus A320 -214 4501  PK-BKT Batik Air delivery 25-26dr23 ISL-AZI-TRV-CGK ex VP-CZQ
 Airbus A320 -214 4780  PK-PWI Pelita Air Service delivery 24-25sep23 AMM-MAA-KNO-CGK ex A9C-AL
 Airbus A320 -214 5393  5A-BAA Buraq Air onward delivery 21sep23 EMA-ISL, N-reg after paint ex N593DL
 Airbus A320 -271N 11623  EI-KBV FlyArystan delivery 27sep23 TLS-ALA ex F-WWIO
 Airbus A320 -251N 11633  VT-TQR Vistara delivery 21sep23 TLS-DEL ex F-WWTN
 Airbus A320 -271N 11647  EI-HOE ITA Airways delivery 26sep23 TLS-FCO ex F-WWIP
 Airbus A320 -251N 11654  N920AV Avianca Colombia delivery 23sep23 TLS-YYR-SJO ex F-WWDK
 Airbus A321 -211(F) 1185  YL-LDO smartLynx Airlines re-delivery 21-22sep23 CAN-CCU-DWC-BOJ-EMA, for paint ex OH-LZC
 Airbus A321 -211(F) 1211  YL-LDP smartLynx Airlines posn 26seü23 LEJ-JED on wet-lease to? ex OH-LZD
 Airbus A321 -232(F) 1807  N989CM Cargo Aircraft Management re-delivery 20sep23 TPA-LAL, for paint, for Global Crossing Airlines ex OY-KBF
 Airbus A321 -231 2021  B-HTI Cathay Pacific ferried 21sep23 ASP-DRW-HKG after storage ex D-AVXJ
 Airbus A321 -253NX 10238  G-OATW Titan Airways ferried 13-23sep23 STN-SEN-STN for paint, re-regd 26sep23 prior luxury charter ops ex G-GBNI
 Airbus A321 -271NX 11428  9H-WDS Wizz Air Malta delivery 22sep23 TSN-ALA-BUD ex B-005E
 Airbus A321 -271NX 11544  XA-VUC Volaris delivery 23sep23 XFW-KEF-YQX-MEX ex D-AVXQ

credit: Skyliner Aviation News

Airbus Updates No.4108

 Air France-KLM to place large Airbus A350-order

On 25 September 2023, Air France-KLM announced it has the intention to place a large order for the Airbus A350. In total, the Group is set to order 50 A350s and will also secure purchase options for 40 additional A350s. Deliveries are set to start in 2026 and will be completed in 2030.

Air France-KLM has said the exact type (-900 or -1000) and number per airline will be decided closer to the production slot time. However, the Group has said that it will use these new widebodies to replace eighteen Boeing B777-200ERs at Air France, fifteen B777-200ERs at KLM, fifteen A330-200s at Air France, six A330-200s, and five A330-300s at KLM.

Air France-KLM already held orders for 41 A350-900s for Air France (22 have so far been delivered), as well as eight A350Fs (four for Air France, four for Martinair). With this latest order for 50 additional A350s, Air France-KLM is set to become the largest operator of the type.

Saturday, 23 September 2023

Airbus Updates No.4107


Sunclass Airlines to retire A330-200 by 2Q24

Sunclass Airlines (DK, Copenhagen Kastrup) has appointed Skytech-AIC to market its only A330-200 as it expects to retire the aircraft by April 2024. The jet will be sold without Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines.

The ch-aviation fleets advanced module shows OY-VKF (msn 309) to be the only aircraft owned by the Danish leisure specialist. It was delivered in 1999 to Sunclass Airlines' predecessor, MyTravel Airways. It was then operated by subsequent iterations of the carrier - Premiair (Denmark)Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia, and then Sunclass. The aircraft is used mostly for short-haul routes during the current summer season and for medium- and long-haul services during the winter season.

Sunclass Airlines is in the midst of a fleet rollover to A330-900s. It operates two of these new-generation widebodies, although one has been parked for maintenance at Naples Capodichino since April 2023. The airline's spokesperson told ch-aviation the A330-200 will be replaced with a -900, but they were not able to provide more details at this time.

The airline also operates one A330-300, used mostly on short- and medium-haul routes in Europe due to its shorter range. It also serves as a spare. Its narrowbody fleet comprises nine A321-200s.

Airbus Updates No.4106


Qantas welcomes 1st Airbus A330-200P2F

On 21 September 2023, Qantas took delivery of its first of two Airbus A330-200P2F (Passenger-to-Freighter) converted aircraft. The A330, VH-EBF (853), arrived at Cairns from Busan via Singapore. It had been under conversion at Dresden since November 2022.

The Airbus will be operated by Qantas-subsidiary Express Freighters and deployed for Australia Post, hence the titles. The second A330 will be operated for Qantas Freight. Express Freighters currently operates a fleet of three A321P2Fs, three Boeing B737-300BDSFs, one B737-400SF, and one B767-300F.

Airbus Updates No.4105

 DHL Air UK to expand with Airbus A330P2Fs

According to Airways Magazine, DHL Air UK is set to add its first Airbus-aircraft after signing a lease-agreement with the CaixaBank for the lease of five A330-300P2F (Passenger-to-Freighter) converted aircraft. Deliveries and entry into service hasn't been communicated yet.

UK Companies House records show the following five airframes are involved:

  • M-MPSD (1408), currently at Dresden for conversion
  • M-PVDM (1374), currently at Dresden for conversion
  • M-SVGS (1338), currently at Dresden for conversion
  • M-TKGK (1544), currently at Dresden for conversion
  • M-WPCW (1157), currently at Dresden for conversion

DHL Air UK is currently operating a fleet of five Boeing B757-200SFs, ten B767-300F/BCF/BDSFs, and five B777Fs.

Tuesday, 19 September 2023

Airbus Updates No.4104



HiSky to expand with an Airbus A330

HiSky from Romania announced on 19 September 2023 that it will expand the fleet with its first widebody-aircraft. The airline has signed a lease-agreement with Air Lease Corporation for the lease of a first Airbus A330-200. The aircraft is expected for delivery later this year. It's currently unclear which airframe is involved and which route(s) it will serve.

HiSky was launched as a low-cost airline in 2021 and is flying regular and charter passenger flights. It has a fleet of four A320s, and two A321-200NXs. It also has a subsidiary in Moldova which operates a single A319.

Airbus Updates No.4103


Lufthansa to keep A380s through late 2020s-early 2030s

Lufthansa (LH, Frankfurt International) plans to continue operating A380-800s through the late 2020s or early 2030s to backfill capacity missing due to delayed B777-9 and A350 aircraft deliveries.

"It depends on demand and when Airbus and Boeing are able to deliver other airplanes," Lufthansa Group Chief Executive Carsten Spohr told Flightglobal.

The German carrier retired all fourteen A380s at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and initially was committed to the type's permanent exit. However, as demand rebounded after the relaxation of travel restrictions, the airline decided to reactivate six aircraft. It recently committed to reintroducing another two. The other six units were sold to Airbus during the pandemic.

So far, Lufthansa has reactivated three A380s, using them on services from Munich to Boston and New York JFK. One more aircraft is under maintenance at Manila Ninoy Aquino International airport, while the others remain in storage.

Spohr confirmed that all eight aircraft will undergo cabin refurbishment and will have Lufthansa's much-awaited new business class seats installed in the coming years.

The carrier has firm orders for thirty-four A350-900s (on top of 21 already in its fleet and five more ordered for subsidiary Swiss), ten A350-1000s, and twenty B777-9s. While the A350s are being delivered, just behind schedule, the B777-9 is stuck in a lengthy certification drive and will not enter service before 2025.

Airbus Updates No.4102


Switzerland's Edelweiss Air to add six A350-900s

Edelweiss Air (WK, Zurich) has confirmed that it will replace its existing fleet of five A340-300s with six A350-900s. Deliveries will begin in the Summer 2025 season with the entire fleet rollover expected to conclude by the end of 2026.

The airline said the initial four aircraft will be ex-LATAM Airlines Brasil (JJ, Sao Paulo Congonhas) units and will be delivered in the Brazilian carrier's configuration albeit with "slight modifications to the cabin and Edelweiss design" due to supply chain issues affecting the global MRO sector. They will seat up to 339 passengers with 30 business class, 63 economy plus, and 246 economy class seats. The Swiss leisure specialist, a subsidiary of Swiss (LX, Zurich), plans to eventually reconfigure the aircraft to its own specifications but did not provide any dates.

The ch-aviation fleets advanced module shows the aircraft will be N285BN (msn 35), N286BN (msn 45), N287BN (msn 79), and N264AR (msn 363). All four are currently stored at Victorville, following the retirement of the type by LATAM Airlines Group, and are owned by Deucalion Aviation Funds.

"The other two aircraft were also originally ordered by LATAM Airlines. They will be in service with another operator until the transfer to the Lufthansa Group. For this reason, the MSNs will only be announced at a later date," the airline told ch-aviation.

LATAM Airlines Brasil operated thirteen A350-900s, but the other nine aircraft have already been taken over by Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson).

According to the ch-aviation fleets history module, the airline operated up to six widebody aircraft between 2018 and 2021 which, at that time, comprised four A340-300s and two A330-300s. Edelweiss Air retired the A330s during the COVID-19 pandemic, transferring them to fellow leisure specialist EW Discover (Frankfurt International). Besides the A340s, the airline continues to operate thirteen A320-200s.

The airline said it would deploy the A350s on existing routes but eventually plans to use their superior range to launch new services from Switzerland.

Airbus Updates No.4101


Airbus A321 -231 6152  N581UW American Airlines ferried 14sep23 AMA-DFW after paint into Piedmont retro cs ex D-AVXO
 Airbus A321 -231 6175  N582UW American Airlines ferried 14sep23 AMA-DFW after paint into PSA retro cs ex D-AVXW
 Airbus A321 -271NX 11406  HB-JPD Swiss International delivery 15sep23 XFW-ZRH ex D-AXAX
 Airbus A321 -251N 11484  EC-OCC Iberia Express delivery 13sep23 XFW-MAD ex D-AVYL
 Airbus A321 -271N 11555  N629FR Frontier Airlines delivery 12sep23 BFM-TPA ex F-WZMQ
 Airbus A330 -243 529  N529CG Carlyle Aviation Partners regd 15sep23, parked at MZJ ex PR-AIT
 Airbus A330 -202(F) 853  VH-EBF Qantas re-delivery 08sep23 DRS-PUS, for paint ex F-WWYU
 Airbus A330 -243 1342  N342AV Avianca Colombia ferried 11sep23 MDE-MIA-BFM for P2F-conversion ex F-WWCK
 Airbus A330 -243 1678  330001? Canadian Armed Forces ferried 11sep23 BSL-MLA, 9K-reg for paint prior delivery ex 9K-APD
 Airbus A330 -941 1929  OE-IHM Air Lease Corp regd 13sep23, parked a NAP ex OY-VKJ
 Airbus A350 -941 597  HL8521 Asiana Airlines delivery 14sep23 TLS-ICN ex F-WZGA
 Airbus A350 -941 625  B-32EW China Southern delivery 16sep23 TLS-CAN ex F-WZNZ
 Airbus Canada A220 -3ß0 55233  F-HPNE Air France delivery 14sep23 YMX-CDG ex C-FOWV

credit : Skyliner Aviation News

Airbus Updates No.4100


Airbus A319 -132 2567  N508NK Spirit Airlines ferried 11sep23 IAH-P08 for storage ex D-AVWM
 Airbus A320 -211 404  C-FNVV Air Canada Jetz ferried 09sep23 VQQ-YYZ after paint intio reverse black Air Canada cs ex F-WWDF
 Airbus A320 -232 442  N403UA United Airlines ferried 14sep23 ORD-TUP for part-out & scrap ex F-WWIY
 Airbus A320 -232 2029  UK32071 Centrum Air ferried 10ssep23 KWI-TAS after wet-lease to Jazeera Airways (+ 2077 UK32072) ex LY-OWL
 Airbus A320 -214 2620  HL Aero K Airlines at TLL 15sep23 in full cs, OE-reg prior delivery ex OE-LOG
 Airbus A320 -216 3729  OE-LTR TrueAero Asset Manegment ferried 19sep23 KUN-AAN ex HS-ABI
 Airbus A320 -232 4421  9H-AMX Avion Express Malta posn 16-17sep23 STR-KEF-YUL-SDQ prior Sky Cana wet-lease ops ex OE-LCW
 Airbus A320 -214 4820  RP- Cebu Pacific Air delivery 17-19sep23 CDT-DLM-MCT-UTP-SZB, 9H-reg ex 9H-MLA
 Airbus A320 -232 5296  2-VSLQ Langdon Asset Management ferried 13sep23 FNI-VAR on delivery to? ex 9V-SLQ
 Airbus A320 -214 6320  OE-IBT Macquarie AirFinance ferried 12-13sep23 XSP-DEL-MCT-CAI-MPL, for easyJet ex JA06VA
 Airbus A320 -251N 11286  B-32F7 Spring Airlines delivery 08sep23 TSN-PVG ex B-000F
 Airbus A320 -251N 11451  B-32EU China Southern delivery 16sep23 TSN-CAN ex B-000U
 Airbus A320 -251N 11485  VT-IPU IndiGo Airlines delivery 18sep23 TLS-DEL ex F-WWBX
 Airbus A320 -251N 11628  VT-IQD IndiGo Airlines delivery 13sep23 TLS-DEL ex F-WWBS
 Airbus A320 -251N 11639  HZ-NS63 Flynas delivery 14sep23 TLS-RUH ex F-WWTY
 Airbus A320 -251N 11656  HZ-FBD Flyadeal delivery 15sep23 TLS-JED ex F-WWBB
 Airbus A321 -231r 1984  B-HTH Cathay Pacific ferried 07-08sep23 ASP-DRW-HKG after storage ex D-AVZX
 Airbus A321 -211 2115  LY-WSA GetJet Airlines posn 09-10sep23 RIX-KEF-YYZ-MGA on wet-lease to Aruba AIrines ex 9H-AMG
 Airbus A321 -231 2553  N355FL FlightLease regd 14sep23, parked at LETL prior P2F-conversion ex LY-BLW
 Airbus A321 -231 5350  EC-OCT Privilege Style ferried 18sep23 NWI-NQY, VP-reg after paint prior delivery ex VP-CGJ

Sunday, 10 September 2023

Airbus Updates No.4099


Airbus A321 -271NX 11458  N710NK Spirit Airlines delivery 09sep23 XFW-KEF-DTW ex D-AVXE
 Airbus A321 -271N 11552  N626FR Frontier Airlines delivery 01sep23 BFM-TPA ex F-WZML
 Airbus A321 -271NX 11553  N543DE Delta Air Lines delivery 08sep23 BFM-MSP ex F-WZMP
 Airbus A330 -3222(F) 116  EI-HEA ASL Airlines Ireland ferried 02sep23 LEJ-CHR for storage ex B-LDO
 Airbus A330 -243 926  VP-CKK Flamingo Cargo delivery 06sep23 BRU-BEN, ops by Aegle Aviation ex M-ABRD
 Airbus A330 -343 1037  VP-CRP AerGo Capita Leasing ferried 06sep23 BKK-NAP, c/n tbc ex HS-TEQ
 Airbus A330 -343 1382  9H-SMD smartLynx Airlines Malta ferried 08srp23 TAS-CHR after wet-lease ops for Panorama Airways ex EC-NBP
 Airbus A330 -343 1633  9M-XBI AirAsia X first in svc 04sep23 KUL-OOL-KUL ex VP-BUW
 Airbus A330 -343 1874  F-WXAD Altavair AirFinance ferried 07sep23 LDE-SHA ex F-WWYI
 Airbus A330 -941 1958  D-ANRB Condor delivery 02sep23 TLS-FRA ex F-WWYP
 Airbus A350 -941 256  B-LGH Hong Kong Airlines ferried 04/07sep23 ASP-HKG-LDE on return to lessor ex F-WZFD
 Airbus A360 -941 614  B-32F0 Air China onward delivery 08sep23 TSN-PEK ex B-005P
 Airbus Canada A220 -300 55217  N224BZ Breeze Airways delivery 05sep23 BFM-CHS ex C-GPZX
 Airbus Canada A220 -300 55232  F-HPND Air France delivery 07sep23 YMX-CDG ex C-FOWQ

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