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Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Airbus Updates No.3737


Portugal's Hi Fly transfers only A330-200 to Maltese AOC

Hi Fly (5K, Beja) has transferred its only A330-200 to Hi Fly Malta (HFM, Malta Int'l), ch-aviation research has revealed.

CS-TQP (msn 211) was re-registered as 9H-TQP on January 7 and operated a test flight around Beja under its new registration on January 8, 2022, Flightradar24 ADS-B data shows. It has yet, however, to begin operating revenue flights under the Maltese AOC.

The A330's transfer follows the recent re-registration of Hi Fly's last A340-300 in Malta and further reduces the Portuguese carrier's already diminished fleet. While before the COVID-19 pandemic, Hi Fly tended to have a roughly balanced number of aircraft registered on both of its AOCs, currently, the distribution is heavily skewed towards the Maltese unit, which now operates one A319-100, one A321-200, the A330-200, three A330-300s, one A330-900, and six A340-300s. In turn, its Portuguese sister carrier operates just one A321 and one A330-900, the ch-aviation fleets advanced module shows.

Tuesday, 18 January 2022

Airbus Updates No.3736


Airbus A321 -251NX 10793  PR-YJF Azul Linhas Aéreas delivery 11-12jan22 XFW-SID-CNF, Walt Dinsney Minnie Mouse cs ex D-AVWX
 Airbus A330 -223 454  EC-MTT Wamos Air ferried 12jan22 MAD-BGR-ROW on return to lessor ex EI-GFE
 Airbus A330 -243 991  OE-ITZ Avolon ferried 16-18jan22 PVG-ICN-MCT-SNN, for Condor as D-AIYD ex A6-EYS
 Airbus A330 -343 1157  4L-GKL GKL Aircraft Ireland air-tes at NAP 14jan22 prior delivery to? ex OE-IEZ
 Airbus A330 -202 1321  VP-CKQ Aegle Aviation air-test 14jan22 CRK-DVO-CRK prior delivery to? ex VP-CBE
 Airbus A330 -343 1408  HS-TBG Thai International ferried 14jan22 BKK-LDE on return to lessor ex F-WWTI
 Airbus A330 -343 1607  HZ-NE24 Flynas ferried 14jan22 MLA-WOE, OE-reg ex OE-IDB
 Airbus A330 -343 1674  9M-XBB AirAsia X ferried 10jan22 KUL-CRK after storage (+ 1659 9M-XBC) ex F-WWTM
 Airbus A330 -243 525  TC-OCO Onur Air ferried 14jan22 ISL-FNI on return to lessor ex OE-IER
 Airbus A340 -213 4  HZ-124 Saudi Arabian VIP Flight ferried 18jan22 HAM-DUB for paint ex D-ACME
 Airbus A340 -642 897  D-AIHV Lufthansa ferried 17jan22 LETL-MLA after storage ex F-WWTI
 Airbus A350 -941 280  RP-C3507 Philippine Airlines ferried 14jan22 MNL-MLA, for Lufthansa as D-AIVD ex F-WZNA
 Airbus A350 -941 487  B- Air China delivery 11jan22 TLS-TSN, F-reg, for cabin completion ex F-WZNF
 Airbus A400M -180 117  CT-06 Belgian Armed Forces delivery 14jan22 SVQ-EBMB ex A4M117
 Airvbus A330 -343 782  9M-XBE AirAsia X ferried 16jan22 KUL-SIN after storage ex M-ABLO

Airbus Updates No.3735


Airbus A318 -111 2100  F-GUGE Air France ferried 10-11jan22 CDG-KEF-YYR-DTW-BYH, for part-out & scrap ex D-AUAI
 Airbus A320 -211 341  5Y-FAH Freedom Airline Express delivery 10-12jan22, MCI-FLL-POS-REC-DSS-ACC-NBO, N-reg ex N341XC
 Airbus A320 -214 3425  9H-SLH smartLynx Airlines Malta posn 15/17jan22 TLL-CHR-LOS on wet-lease to Air Peace (+ 3361 9H-SLF 17-18jan22 LCA-TUN-LOS) ex OE-LMN
 Airbus A320 -232 3877  OE-LID Celestial Aviation regd 14jan22, ferried 17jan22 BUD-WOE ex HA-LPU
 Airbus A320 -214 4174  9H-AMU Avion Express Malta ferried 13jan22 VNO-CDT for interim storage ex EI-GVI
 Airbus A320 -214 4399  HK-5396 Ultra Air at SAW 11jan22 in full cs, VT-reg prior delivery (+ 4438 HK-5394 ex VT-IDY) ex VT-IDX
 Airbus A320 -233 4457  M-ABPC Wellington Leasing regd 06jan22, parked at CRK ex EI-GXZ
 Airbus A320 -232 4481  VT-IGV IndiGo Airlines feried 15jan22 CGK-DEL after storage ex F-WWDL
 Airbus A320 -232 4973  9V-TRE Scoot feried 12jan21 KUL-SIN prior rtn to lessor  ex VT-IDB
 Airbus A320 -232 5030  OE-IFZ BOC Aviation regd 11jan22, parked at HKG ex B-HSR
 Airbus A320 -232 5092  VT-IEU IndiGo Airlines ferried 12-13jan22 DEL-TBS-IST-LFBF on return to lessor ex D-AUBL
 Airbus A320 -232 5259  PK-SAM Super Air Jet first in svc 12jan22 CGK-SUB ex VT-IFA
 Airbus A320 -232 5281  VH-YXU Jetstar Airways ferried 14jan21 ASP-DRW-XSP ex JA06JJ
 Airbus A320 -232 5291  PK-SJA Super Air Jet delivery 14-15jan22 SAW-AZI-MAA-BTH, all white ex VT-IFC
 Airbus A320 -232 5449  9V-TRV Scoot ferried 12jan22 SIN-KUL after storage ex VT-IDG
 Airbus A320 -214 5926  JA03VA ANA All Nippon ferrried 14-16jan22 HND-ICN-OVB-DME-LDE on return to lessor, all white ex F-WWID
 Airbus A320 -214 6309  OE-LAM SMBC Aviation Capital regd 12jan22, parked at KUL ex PK-LAH
 Airbus A320 -271N 10767  N952NK Spirit Airlines delivery 14jan21 BFM-DTW ex F-WZMV
 Airbus A321 -231 802  VP-BRM Red Wings ferried 18jan22 DE-EGBP for part-out & scrap ex 2-TBXU
 Airbus A321 -231(F) 1199  D-AAEP Lufthansa Technik ferried 17-18jan22 XSP-GUM-HNL on delivery to? ex VQ-BOC

credit: Skyliner Aviation

Saturday, 15 January 2022

Airbus Updates No.3734


Japan's Peach begins A321neo(LR) operations

Peach Aviation (MM, Osaka Kansai) took delivery of its first A321-200NX(LR) on December 9, 2021, which was then ferried to Japan on December 19, and inducted into it revenue service out of Osaka Kansai on December 28, 2021.

JA902P (msn 10628) is the first of four A321-200NX(LR)s due for delivery to the budget airline. Two of the four units will be owned by Air Lease Corporation and two by the airline. All will be outfitted with 218 seats in a single-class configuration.

The ch-aviation fleets advanced module shows that Peach Aviation, a subsidiary of ANA Holdings, currently operates twenty-eight A320-200s and six A320-200Ns. Besides the other A321-200NX(LR)s on order, the LCC has another unit of the same type and five more A320-200Ns on order from Airbus.

Peach Aviation accelerated the debut of the A321-200NX(LR)s to increase capacity during the year-end peak, as it originally scheduled their commercial induction for February 1, 2022. It is currently deploying the aircraft out of Osaka Kansai to Okinawa Naha and Sendai.

Thursday, 13 January 2022

Airbus Updates No.3733


US's GLOBALX to add first A319 in 1Q22

GLOBALX (GXA, Miami Int'l) has announced in an investor update that it has signed a Letter of Intent for a single A319-100 due for delivery by mid-February 2022. The A319 will be 9H-TLS (msn 2662), an ex-Hi Fly Malta aircraft, the carrier confirmed in a follow-up briefing.

Currently, GLOBALX operates five A320-200s and a single A321-200, the ch-aviation fleets advanced module shows. It plans to wet-lease a single A320-200 from minority shareholder SmartLynx Airlines (6Y, Riga) starting next month, and will add a further two in-house units of the type by the end of May. The first of these will be an ex-Alaska Airlines jet due for delivery in March 2022. GLOBALX said it would be N628VA (msn 2993), a sistership of N626VA (msn 2830) and N627VA (msn 2851), both of which are also ex-Alaska Airlines (AS, Seattle Tacoma Int'l) inventory.

The airline underlined that it is planning to add more aircraft to benefit from low lease rates. It said earlier that it planned to add at least five passenger aircraft throughout 2022, including at least one A321-200.

"Our growth continues, and we are being offered additional aircraft at very advantageous lease rates and terms. Our business case remains strong, and we will start our cargo certification with the FAA this quarter with converted A321 freighters being delivered in the third quarter of 2022," Chairman and Chief Executive Ed Wegel said.

The airline plans to take its first three A321-200(P2F)s in 2022. It said it signed an LOI for another two for delivery in 2023, increasing the total confirmed number of converted A321-200s it will take by the end of next year to 11.

Airbus Updates No.3732


1st A330 for T'Way Air nears delivery

South Korean carrier T'Way Air has released pictures of its first widebody aircraft in the hangar at Xiamen. In December 2020, the airline announced it planned to lease three A330-300s. The aircraft will be leased from AerCap and the first is A330-300 VQ-BCQ (1058), which is the former HS-XTK of Thai AirAsia X and will now become HL8501.

According to CH-Aviation, T'Way Air is planning to launch flights with its new widebody on 11 March, operating the type between Seoul-Gimpo and Jeju. Later, when borders are reopening, it will deploy the widebodies on new longhaul routes to Bishkek, Honolulu, Singapore, Sydney and Zagreb.

As a result of the planned Asiana/Korean Air merger, T'Way Air expects it will be granted more international traffic rights and therefore plans to add additional A330s which it then wants to use on new routes to London, Los Angeles (CA), New York (NY), Paris and Spain.

Photo by T'Way Air

Wednesday, 12 January 2022

Airbus Updates No.3731

 UK-India Startup Hans Airways Signs LOI For Its First A330-200

UK-based startup Hans Airways has taken a step closer to realizing its ambitions with a letter of intent (LOI) for its first aircraft. The airline has today announced the agreement for an A330-200, and has applied to the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for its Air Operators Certificate. It hopes to launch services as soon as this summer.

hans airways a330
Hans Airways has signed up for its first aircraft. Photo: Hans Airways

First A330 for Hans

Hans Airways, a brand new UK airline, has today revealed that it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) for its first aircraft. The airline is looking forward to receiving an A330-200 later this year, with high hopes to begin operations before the summer is out.

The A330 in question carries MSN 950, and is a 13.5-year-old A330-200 that has been in service with Air Europa since its construction. It was delivered new to Air Europa as EC-KTG in September 2008, and is on lease from  Carlyle Aviation Partners. According to data from, the aircraft left Spain at the end of December, and is currently in maintenance at Abu Dhabi.

Hans Airways shares that the A330 will be re-registered G-KJAS – a nod to one of the airline’s principal early investors, Kirpal Singh Jass. It will retain its current Air Europa cabin layout, which features 275 economy and 24 premium economy seats. In a statement, the airline’s CEO Satnam Saini commented,

“We are delighted to have achieved this very important milestone in our two-year journey. Our scheduled operations centre on the Airbus A330, a popular and spacious long-haul widebody, excellent for cargo too, and we are grateful to everyone who has helped us to ratify this agreement at the start of the new year.”

Air Europa A330
EC-KTG in its current livery for Air Europa. Photo: Victor via Flickr

The airline applied for its AOC in March 2020 and is hopeful of approval in the coming weeks. Dependent on the timescales for this, and the situation with global travel restrictions, it hopes to launch services before the end of the summer.

Moving ahead

Hans Airways began recruiting crew back in August last year. The airline says that the first set of flight crew, comprised of four pilots and cabin crew, began training on January 3rd with its training partner IAGO Flight Training.

Looking to connect the UK to secondary cities in India, the airline is working to set up a base in Birmingham (BHX). Although it hasn’t named any Indian cities specifically yet, its website showcases Amritsar, which could be a lucrative destination for a direct Birmingham flight.

Hans Airways
The A330s will be in two classes – premium economy and economy. Photo: Hans Airways

While this market is going to be relatively price sensitive, Hans Airways isn’t going all out to be a low-cost airline for these routes. It states that it intends to operate a hybrid model, combining great value for money with some of the more in-demand frills such as inflight entertainment and catering.

The airline has put together a board of directors with some pretty impressive CVs. Non-executive director Dr Barry Humphreys is a former regulator with the UK CAA and a former director of Virgin Atlantic. Fellow non-executive director Dr Peter Malanik is the former CEO of Austrian Airlines. And the Chairman, Ruchir Verma, has worked with Microsoft, Zurich Insurance and various other corporate projects. Similarly, the leadership team has officers formerly employed by the likes of easyJet, BA CityFlyer, TUI, Virgin, and more.

While the jury is still out on whether the UK to India market needs another player, Hans Airways clearly believes in its strategy. It has already planned a frequent flyer program and is keenly eyeing the start of operations later in the year.

Airbus Updates No.3730


Airbus A321 -231 2261  VN-A345 Vietnam Airlines ferried 09-10jan22 HAN-US-ANC-VCV on return to lessor ex D-AVZJ
 Airbus A330 -202 211  9H-TQP HiFly Malta re-regd 07jan22 after transfer, air-test 08jan22 at LPBJ ex CS-TQP
 Airbus A330 -223 364  LV-FNL Aerolíneas Argentinas ferried 04-05jan22 EZE-MIA-MZJ on return to lessor ex EI-CXG
 Airbus A330 -223 454  EC-MTT Wamos Air ferried 12jan22 MAD-BGR-ROW on return to lessor ex EI-GFE
 Airbus A330 -243 1451  D-AAAQ Castlelake ferried 06jan22 LDE-SBD (+ 1466 D-AAAS ex V5-ANP) ex V5-ANO
 Airbus A330 -343 1674  9M-XBB AirAsia X ferried 10jan22 KUL-CRK after storage (+ 1659 9M-XBC) ex F-WWTM
 Airbus A350 -941 485  9V-SHW Singapore Airlines delivery 07jan22 TLS-SIN ex F-WTFQ
 Airbus A350 -941 487  B- Air China delivery 11jan22 TLS-TSN, F-reg, for cabin completion ex F-WZNF
 Airbus A350 -941 520  F-HTYM Air France delivery 07jan22 TLS-CDG ex F-WZGS
 Airbus A350 -941 528  B-327V Air China for onward delivery from 02jan22 TSN-PEK after acc ft 22dec21, regd B-005W ex F-WZNT
 Airbus Canada A220 -100 55062  9H-FIVE Comlux Aviation Malta delivery 05jan22 YMX-IND for ACJ-config ex C-FTWU
 Airbus Canada A220 -300 55136  YI-ARE Iraqi Airways delivery 06/09jan22 YMX-MAN-BGW ex C-FOVL

Airbus Updates No.3729


 Airbus A318 -111 2100  F-GUGE Air France ferried 10-11jan22 CDG-KEF-YYR-DTW-BYH, for part-out & scrap ex D-AUAI
 Airbus A318 -111 2109  F-GUGF Air France ferried 06jan22 ORY-EGBP for part-out & scrap ex D-AUAJ
 Airbus A319 -133CJ 4114  A7-MED Qatar Executive ferried 07jan22 NWI-STN-DIA after paint into executive cs ex D-AVWA
 Airbus A320 -214 2140  F-GKXK Air France ferried 07jan22 ORY-EGBP for part-out & scrap ex F-WWBR
 Airbus A320 -232 2692  2-FLGP Castlelake ferried 10-12jan22 CGK-CMB-DXB-HER-DGX ex PK-GLF
 Airbus A320 -214 4349  M-ABNM ALAFCO ferried 07jan22 ISL-SNN ex 9K-ALF
 Airbus A320 -214 4399  HK-5396 Ultra Air at SAW 11jan22 in full cs, VT-reg prior delivery (+ 4438 HK-5394 ex VT-IDY) ex VT-IDX
 Airbus A320 -214 4411  HK- Avianca Colombia delivery 05jan22 GUS-MIA-MDE, N-reg ex N411AE
 Airbus A320 -233 4457  M-ABPC Wellington Leasing regd 06jan22, parked at CRK ex EI-GXZ
 Airbus A320 -232 5030  OE-IFZ BOC Aviation regd 11jan22, parked at HKG ex B-HSR
 Airbus A320 -232 5092  VT-IEU IndiGo Airlines ferried 12jan22 DEL-TBS-IST prior return to lessor ex D-AUBL
 Airbus A320 -232 5259  PK-SAM Super Air Jet first in svc 12jan22 CGK-SUB ex VT-IFA
 Airbus A320 -232 5291  PK-SJA Super Air Jet seen regd at SAW 05jan22, all white, no titl prior delivery ex VT-IFC
 Airbus A320 -232 5449  9V-TRV Scoot ferried 12jan22 SIN-KUL after storage ex VT-IDG
 Airbus A320 -271N 11084  HB-JDE Swiss International delivery 05jan22 TLS-GVA ex F-WWII
 Airbus A321 -231 2919  P4-AAI Aruba Airlines ferried 05jan22 OPF-MIA prior posn to Cuba for flights to GEO & MGA ex LZ-DAC
 Airbus A321 -211 6038  G-HLYA Jet2 posn 06jan22 EMA-MAN after paint ex G-TCDD
 Airbus A321 -253NX 10238  G-GBNI Titan Airways first in svc 08jan22 STN-YYZ ex D-AYAY
 Airbus A321 -253NX 10598  B-326L China Southern delivery 08-09jan22 XFW-OVB-CAN ex D-AZAT
 Airbus A321 -251NX 10793  PR-YJF Azul Linhas Aéreas delivery 11-12jan22 XFW-SID-CNF, Walt Dinsney Minnie Mouse cs ex D-AVWX

credit: Skyliner Aviation

Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Airbus Updates No.3728

 Airbus releases December orders and year-end tally

Airbus has released its monthly figures regarding orders and deliveries for December 2021, which also rounds up the year for the European manufacturer. In December, Airbus was able to note down 161 orders, 22 cancellations and delivered 93 aircraft.

Ordered were:

  • 25 A220-300s by Air Lease Corporation
  • 79 A321neos by Air Lease Corporation
  • 5 A330-900s by Air Lease Corporation
  • 7 A350Fs by Air Lease Corporation
  • 15 A320neos by Aviation Capital Group
  • 25 A321neos by Aviation Capital Group
  • 1 A220-300 by Carlyle Aviation Partners
  • 4 A350Fs by CMA CGM

In 2021, Airbus was able to note down a total of 771 orders, which breaks down as:

  • 14 A220-100s
  • 50 A220-300s
  • 2 A319neos
  • 78 A320neos
  • 581 A321neos
  • 3 A330-200s
  • 5 A330-300s
  • 22 A330-900s
  • 11 A350Fs
  • 5 A350-900s

Cancelled were:

  • 2 A350-900s by Air Lease Corporation
  • 2 A350-1000s by Air Lease Corporation
  • 8 A220-300s by Air Senegal
  • 3 A350-900s by Turkish Airlines
  • 7 A320s by Ural Airlines

During 2021, a total of 264 aircraft were cancelled, which breaks down as:

  • 10 A220-100s
  • 16 A220-300s
  • 7 A320s
  • 162 A320neos
  • 55 A321neos
  • 10 A350-900s
  • 4 A350-1000s

And delivered were:

  • 2 A350-900s to Aeroflot
  • 1 A321neo to Air Astana (leased via Air Lease Corporation)
  • 1 A320neo to Air Cairo (leased via ICBC)
  • 1 A220-300 to Air Canada
  • 1 A350-1000 to Air Caraibes (leased via Air Lease Corporation)
  • 1 A320neo to Air China (leased via BOCOMM Leasing)
  • 2 A321neo to Air China (1 leased via NAS Aviation Services)
  • 1 A350-900 to Air China
  • 2 A220-300s to Air France
  • 2 A350-900s to Air France
  • 1 A321neo to All Nippon Airways
  • 2 A321neos to American Airlines
  • 1 A321neo to Asiana Airlines
  • 2 A321neos to Azul (leased via BOC Aviation)
  • 1 A220-300 to Breeze Airways
  • 1 A321neo to China Airlines (leased via Air Lease Corporation)
  • 3 A320neos to China Eastern Airlines (1 leased via CALC, 1 via CMB Financial Leasing)
  • 2 A350-900s to China Southern Airlines
  • 1 A330-900 to Cebu Pacific
  • 1 A320neo to Colorful Guizhou Airlines (leased via NAS Aviation Services)
  • 1 A220-300 to Delta Air Lines
  • 1 A320neo to easyJet
  • 2 A380s to Emirates
  • 2 A350-900s to Ethiopian Airlines
  • 1 A350-900 to Finnair
  • 2 A320neos to flyadeal
  • 1 A350-1000 to French Bee (leased via Air Lease Corporation)
  • 3 A320neos to Indigo
  • 3 A321neos to Indigo
  • 1 A220-300 to Iraqi Airways
  • 1 A350-900 to Japan Airlines
  • 2 A320neos to Juneyao Airlines (1 leased via SMBC Aviation Capital)
  • 1 ACJ330-300 to K5-Aviation
  • 1 A321neo to Loong Air (leased via AerCap)
  • 2 A321neos to Lufthansa Technik (for Luftwaffe)
  • 1 A321neo to Peach (leased via Air Lease Corporation)
  • 2 A320neos to Pegasus Airlines
  • 1 ACJ320neo to a Private customer
  • 1 A320neo to Qingdao Airlines
  • 1 A321neo to Qingdao Airlines
  • 2 A320neos to S7 Airlines (1 leased via AerCap)
  • 2 A321neos to Scoot (leased via SMBC Aviation Capital)
  • 1 A220-300 to Senegal Airlines (leased via Carlyle Aviation)
  • 2 A320neos to Shenzhen Airlines
  • 3 A321neos to Sichuan Airlines (2 leased via Air Lease Corporation)
  • 1 A350-900 to Sichuan Airlines
  • 1 A350-900 to Singapore Airlines
  • 1 A321neo to SKY Airline (leased via Air Lease Corporation)
  • 1 A320neo to Sky Express
  • 3 A320neos to Spirit Airlines (1 leased via AerCap)
  • 2 A320neos to Spring Airlines
  • 1 A321neo to Starlux Airlines (leased via Aviation Capital Group)
  • 2 A320neos to Swiss
  • 1 A320neo to Tunisair
  • 1 A321neo to Ural Airlines (leased via SMBC Aviation Capital)
  • 1 A350-1000 to Virgin Atlantic (leased via Air Lease Corporation)
  • 1 A321neo to Viva Aerobus
  • 1 A320neo to Viva Air
  • 1 A320neo to Volaris (leased via Aviation Capital Group)
  • 5 A321neos to WizzAir

Throughout 2021, Airbus managed to deliver 611 aircraft, which break down as:

  • 3 A220-100s
  • 47 A220-300s
  • 2 A319s
  • 2 A319neos
  • 258 A320neos
  • 22 A321s
  • 199 A321neos
  • 3 A330-200s
  • 1 A330-300
  • 1 A330-800
  • 13 A330-900s
  • 49 A350-900s
  • 6 A350-1000s
  • 5 A380s