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Friday, 26 February 2021

Airbus Updates No.3066


Airbus A321 -232 4621  HA-LWH Wizz Air ferried 22feb21 BUD-SNN for paint into all white prior return to lessor ex F-WWBV
 Airbus A321 -211 6342  OY-TCE Sunclass Airlines ferried 20feb21 EMA-CPH after paint ex D-AVXH
 Airbus A321 -211 6468  OY-TCI Sunclass Airlines ferried 20feb21 GOT-EMAfor paint ex EI-GRC
 Airbus A321 -271NXLR 9398  N2060J jetBlue delivery 25feb21 XFW-JFK (+ 9245 N2059J 26feb21 ex D-AZAX) ex D-AZAX
 Airbus A321 -211 10085  N112DN Delta Air Lines delivery 23feb21 XW-KEF-YUL-SAL ex D-AZAC
 Airbus A321 -251NX 10151  VT-ILN IndiGo Airlines delivery 25feb21 XFW-DEL ex D-AVYH
 Airbus A321 -251NX 10206  HL8356 Asiana Airlines delivery 23-24feb21 XFW-ALA-ICN ex D-AZAR
 Airbus A321 -272N 10207  JA148A ANA All Nippon delivery 25-26feb21 XFW-OVB-HND ex D-AYAH
 Airbus A321 -253NX 10267  B-322P Spring Airlines onward delivery 21feb21 TSN-PVG ex B-005T
 Airbus A330 -342 132  C-GTSO Air Transat ferried 24feb21 YUL-MZJ for onward storage ex B-HYD
 Airbus A330 -343 277  C-GFAF Air Canada ferried 22feb21 YMX-VCV for onward storage ex F-WWKO
 Airbus A330 -243 328  SU-ALB CIAF-Leasing ferried 21feb21 CAI-AMM ex EI-FSH
 Airbus A330 -243 975  OE-ISR Avolon Aerospace ferried 22eb21 AUH-CQM for storage ex A6-EYR
 Airbus A330 -343 1481  9M-XXP AirAsia X ferried 15feb21 KUL-SYD-WTB for storage ex F-WWYX
 Airbus A340 -313 367  9H-SUN HiFly Malta ferried 25feb21 LDE-LPBJ ex 4R-ADE
 Airbus A380 -841 58  9V-SKL Singapore Airlines ferried 22feb21 SIN-ASP for onward storage ex F-WWSI
 Airbus A380 -841 72  D-AIMI Lufthansa ferried 22feb21 FRA-LDE for onward storage ex F-WWSR
 Airbus A380 -841 79  9V-SKQ Singapore Airlines ferried 22feb21 ASP-SYD after storage ex F-WWST

Airbus Updates No.3065


Airbus A319 -111 906  CS-TTG TAP Air Portugal ferried 22feb21 FAO-ORY-EGBP, for part-out & scrap ex D-AVYN
 Airbus A319 -131 3292  OY-KBT SAS ferried 24feb21 ARN-CDT for onward storage ex D-AVYC
 Airbus A319 -115 3518  HC-CSA Avianca Ecuador ferried 22feb21 UIO-IAH-DHN on return to lessor ex HK-4552
 Airbus A320 -211 110  D-AIPP Lufthansa ferried 24feb21 LETL-OST, for part-out & scrap ex F-WWID
 Airbus A320 -212 528  9H-AMB Avion Express Malta ferried 24feb21 VNO-MAD ex LY-COM
 Airbus A320 -214 1005  LY-VEW Avion Express ferried 23feb21 ADD-HRG-LDE on return to lessor ex 9H-AMA
 Airbus A320 -214 1571  LY-VEB Avion Express ferried 22feb21 VNO-CQM for onward storage ex G-OZBW
 Airbus A320 -233 1626  LY-VEN Avion Expres posn 23feb21 KUN-ADD for UN ops ex XU-715
 Airbus A320 -214 1736  EC-ILQ Iberia Express ferried 23-24feb21 MAD-KEF-BGR-ROW on return to lessor ex F-WWDJ
 Airbus A320 -233 2014  PR-MBT Latam Brasil ferried 19-20feb 21 CNF-BAQ-MIA-GYR (+ 3156 PR-MBO CNF-BAQ-MIA-GYR) ex HC-CDY
 Airbus A320 -232 2223  N1914U United Airlines regd 23feb21, parked at GYR prior part-out & scrap ex EC-LQM
 Airbus A320 -214 3802  VP-CQL Flynas ferried 23feb21 RUH-SHJ prior return to lessor ex LZ-PMY
 Airbus A320 -232 4328  VT-IGS IndiGo Airlines ferried 24feb21 AMM-MPL on return to lessor ex F-WWIB
 Airbus A320 -214 4537  N288NV Allegiant Air regd 22feb21 prior delivery ex SJO ex RP-C3262
 Airbus A320 -251NCJ 8774  T7-HHH Sorens Aero onward delivery 25feb21 BSL-VNO after cabon config ex D-AVVI
 Airbus A320 -251N 9536  B-30ET China Eastern delivery 25feb21 TSN-PVG ex B-000P
 Airbus A320 -271N 10138  B-321Q Shenzhen Airines delivery 25feb21 TSN-SZX ex B-000V
 Airbus A320 -271N 10334  XA-VRT Volaris delivery 23-24feb21 TLS-KEF-YQX-MEX ex F-WWIB
 Airbus A321 -211 1611  C-GITY Air Canada ferried 22feb21 YYZ-MCI for onward storage (+ 1783 C-GJWN YUL-MCI) ex D-AVZO
 Airbus A321 -211 3504  D-AEUC Eurowings posn 23feb21 KUN-CGN after storage & paint? ex OE-LES

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Airbus Updates No.3064

 Unstored Singapore Airlines A380 Heads Home After Sydney Maintenance

Earlier this week, we saw a Singapore Airlines A380 depart storage in Alice Springs. Having undergone standard return to service work in Sydney, the aircraft has now returned to its Singapore home.

Singapore Airlines, Airbus A380, Retirements
Singapore Airlines has removed one of its A380s from storage for maintenance. Photo: Getty Images

The global A380 fleet is at a crossroads. At one point, all but five A380s belonging to China Southern were grounded, with some wondering if they would ever come back. While carriers such as Air France and Lufthansa don’t appear to want the type back, others like British Airways and Singapore Airlines have shown their commitment to the type by continuing to spend money on upkeep.

A Singapore A380 flies home

9V-SKQ is one of the 12 remaining Singapore Airlines Airbus A380s. The aircraft had been sent to Alice Springs in Australia for long-term storage, given it is not expected to return to the skies soon. However, it has now left its sunny storage for the time being.

After just two days on the ground in Qantas’ home, the maintenance was done. Yesterday at 17:17, the A380 took to the skies from Sydney, according to It flew for seven hours and 41 minutes before landing at its Singapore home at 21:59 as SQ8899.

Commenting on the A380’s flight, a Singapore Airlines spokesperson told Simple Flying,

“Singapore Airlines can confirm that one of our Airbus A380 aircraft that was stored in Alice Springs has begun its planned returned to Singapore ahead of a schedule retro-fitting and maintenance programme.

“The aircraft, registration 9V-SKQ, has been moved to Sydney to undergo routine checks following its storage, before returning to Singapore where it will be retro-fitted as part of our plan to have all 12 remaining A380 in our fleet fitted with the latest A380 cabin product.”

Good news for the A380 fleet

The refurbishments are great news for the A380 fleet. While we don’t know when Singapore Airlines will return the type to service, we know it intends to. After all, it would be crazy to spend money on an aircraft that you had no intention to return to the skies.

Similar flight patterns suggest the same for British Airways’ A380s fleet. Also comprising 12 aircraft, the airline has continued to fly the giants to and from storage regularly for maintenance. This shows the airline has some intention to return the aircraft to service sooner rather than later. Otherwise, it would make sense to place the aircraft into deep storage until needed again in the future.

Airbus Updates No.3063

 French Bee Plans To Put 488 Seats On An Airbus A350-1000

Orly-based leisure airline French bee already operates an all-Airbus fleet with four densely seated A350-900s. This year, the carrier will take two A350-1000s, upping the capacity on each to an unprecedented 488 seats. Could this efficiency move be the key to making the low-cost long-haul model work?

French bee A350-900
French bee will take two more A350s this year – its new -1000s will be fitted with 488 seats. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

The most efficient long-haul carrier?

French low-cost carrier French bee will soon be operating an incredibly efficient fleet of six Airbus A350s. The airline already has four A350-900s with 411 seats each. However, it is also expecting to take two leased A350-1000s during 2021. The forthcoming arrivals will feature a massive 488 seats each.

When compared to how other operators of the type have theirs configured, the difference is striking. Qatar Airways flies the A350-1000 with 327 seats, while British Airways has 331. This kind of next-level density will greatly increase French bee’s fuel efficiency, and as Simple Flying’s editor Joanna Bailey has said, potentially propel it to become the most efficient long-haul carrier out there.

New York – Paris for as little as $254

French bee’s new aircraft, which it will lease, will be able to accommodate 40 passengers in premium economy, and 448 in economy class. While it is not certain which variant of the A350 will operate the route, the airline has some very enticing transatlantic offers lined up for October.

Return flights between Newark and Paris-Orly are being marketed for as little as $254. This can be compared to Norwegian’s lowest prices from London Gatwick to New York, with seats selling for as little as $235 on the now no-longer-long-haul airline’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners. When they were still in the carrier’s fleet, Norwegian’s 787-8s could take 292 passengers, whereas the 787-9 had space for 344.

With this new kind of seat capacity, fuel efficiency, and single-type-fleet, could French bee become the carrier to make the long-haul low-cost model work? In September, one month after the inauguration of its fourth A350-900, the Orly-based airline’s managing director, Muriel Assouline, told FlightGlobal that,

“We are a friends and family airline – if the leisure traveller cannot fly, there is no market.”

For instance, the route between Paris-Orly and Newark was originally intended to launch in June last year but was put on hold due to the ongoing crisis.

French bee and SAS fello’fly

On September 9th, Airbus announced that it had signed contracts with three air navigation providers and two airlines – one of them French bee, the other SAS Scandinavian Airlines – to trial its new fello’fly project. This intends for aircraft to make use of each other’s wake-energy, just as birds flying in a flock do, to expend less energy. In turn, this would translate into less fuel consumption and less CO2 emissions.

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Airbus Updates No.3062


Spain's Volotea to add 15-19 A320s in 2021

Volotea (V7, Asturias) has announced it will add at least fifteen A320-200s in 2021, and perhaps four more depending on the summer season demand.

The Spanish carrier recently retired all 14 of its remaining B717-200s (five aircraft of the type were retired between 2016 and 2019) and will now replace them with the larger but more cost-effective Airbus narrowbodies.

"We are very proud to move towards a 100% Airbus fleet. As a European company, we are very keen to count on Airbus as our fleet partner long-term. We will continue growing on our strategy of connecting mid and small European cities, with a more modern and competitive aircraft type, the Airbus A320, that has 20-25% lower operational costs than the B717s it replaces," Founder and Chief Executive Carlos Muñoz said.

The airline said it had already sourced the first fifteen A320s, but did not reveal their identity. According to the ch-aviation fleets advanced module, its first five aircraft will be EC-MBK (msn 2658), EC-NOL (msn 2740), EC-NNZ (msn 2616), EC-NNY (msn 3786), and msn 3545, which does not have a Spanish registration assigned yet. So far, none of them has been delivered.

The A320s will join Volotea's existing fleet of twenty-one A319-100s, of which one has yet to be delivered.

Muñoz said that thanks to their larger capacity and lower cost-base, the A320s will work well for the airline during the post-COVID recovery phase. He added that Volotea has identified a number of new market opportunities in particular niches left in Spain following the take over of Air Europa by Iberia, and in France due to the corporate reorganisation of Air France-KLM's Air FranceHOP!, and Transavia France subsidiaries.

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Airbus Updates No.3061


Norwegian, Airbus agree terms to scrap 88 deliveries

Norwegian (DY, Oslo Gardermoen) has agreed with Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) on the terms of a consent order to cancel a deal to buy 88 aircraft, it was revealed during the carrier’s ongoing bankruptcy protection and restructuring process at the Irish High Court.

Under these terms, the manufacturer will keep the pre-payments Norwegian has made, and the embattled airline will pay it a further EUR700,000 euros (USD850,000), the Irish Times reported.

The aircraft that Norwegian has on order at Airbus include fifty-eight A320-200Ns and thirty long-range A321-200NX(LR)s, according to the ch-aviation fleets advanced module. As previously reported, the airline has axed its long-haul business to focus on Nordic and European routes.

The jets were signed up for in a deal signed in 2012, for Airbus to deliver a total of 100 of them, but the agreement has been revised several times since then so that the company currently has 88 narrowbodies on the manufacturer’s books. Most recently, Norwegian’s asset-owning subsidiary Arctic Aviation Assets, which is also part of the examinership process, dropped five A320neo, a move reflected in Airbus’ September 2019 order book.

“We have agreed, judge, in the last short while, the terms of a consent order,” Norwegian’s lawyer Brian Kennedy told the court on February 24, as quoted by Reuters news agency.

Kennedy named the payments involved but did not specify the number of aircraft. A lawyer representing Airbus confirmed the agreement to the court.

According to the airline’s financial filings, Norwegian had pre-Covid contractual commitments to buy Airbus and Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) aircraft spanning from 2020 to 2027, totalling USD9.55 billion. But in June 2020, it unilaterally cancelled the Boeing orders, which were for ninety-two B737-8s and five B787-9s. Boeing has disputed the move.

Boeing is not currently involved in Norwegian’s examinership proceedings at all, Kennedy told the court. The US manufacturer “to date hasn’t engaged in the examinership process, or the Norwegian reconstruction [...]. It is not anticipated that Boeing will engage in either.”

According to the lawyer, Boeing wrote to an official overseeing the process in Norway on December 28 saying that neither it nor its affiliates would submit to the jurisdiction of Norwegian courts.

credit CH Aviation

Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Airbus Updates No.3060

 Volotea Is Now Flying An All Airbus Fleet Following 717 Retirement

Volotea is officially an-Airbus airline following the retirement of its Boeing 717 fleet last month. The carrier now only operates the Airbus A320 family of aircraft and plans to expand this fleet. The airline is considering ordering more A320s depending on demand during the summer season.

Volotea 717
Volotea opted to speed up its fleet modernization plan and retire all its 717s by January 2021 rather than 2023. Photo: Getty Images


On January 10th, Volotea operated its last Boeing 717 flight and retired the type from its fleet, ending the jet’s history in Europe. The carrier operated 14 of the type at the end of 2019 but quickly began retiring the planes between October 2020 and January 2021, according to Volotea brought its fleet modernization program forward from 2023 due to the current market conditions.

To replace the retired 14 aircraft, Volotea plans to add 15 new Airbus A320 family planes. This will be a mix of the 180-seat A320 and 150-seat A319. This will boost the airline’s fleet from 20 to 35 aircraft by the summer. Additionally, Volotea can also add four more planes if it sees demand in the short-term.

In a statement explaining the fleet changes and the timing of this move, Volotea President Carlos Munoz said,

”We will continue to grow thanks to our strategy of connecting small and medium-sized European cities with each other with a more modern and competitive aircraft model, the Airbus A320, which offers 20-25% lower operating costs than [our] previous Boeing 717s. This increased competitiveness will be highly needed in the post-Covid context of the coming years, where less demand is likely to occur.”

Relatively good year

While most airlines have been avoiding high capital costs on new planes, Volotea is sensing an opportunity. The carrier notched an exceptional 90.7% load factor in 2020, at a time when most airlines were at a fraction of that figure. While traffic did fall by 49% overall, efficient route planning and a large domestic market meant it kept flights full.

Considering the impressive year behind it, Volotea is hoping for an even better summer 2021 season. The fleet modernization will reduce operational costs, such as maintenance and training, and help carry more passengers per flight.

Volotea A319
Volotea had a relatively strong 2020 despite the falling passenger numbers across the world. Photo: Volotea

The airline will also expand its route map this year, with new routes to Algeria from its base in France. As vaccinations roll out across Europe, Volotea is hoping to be in pole position for an eventual aviation and tourism recovery.

Airbus Updates No.3059


DHL Express and SmartLynx Malta partner to break new ground in cargo transportation

  • Companies announce signing of a new partnership agreement
  • SmartLynx Malta will support Express Division of Deutsche Post DHL Group with two Airbus A321-200 freighter aircraft
  • The fuel-efficient aircraft is the most technologically advanced and environmentally efficient aircraft in its class


DHL Express, the world’s leading express service provider, and SmartLynx Malta announce the signing of a new partnership agreement for the introduction of two newly converted Airbus A321-200 freighters joining DHL’s European air fleet.  The new technically advanced narrow-body fleet type is adding capacity to meet the increasing demand for express cargo transportation worldwide combined with further improving DHL’s unit Co2 emissions by introducing the most fuel efficient narrow-body aircraft in its class. .  


SmartLynx is a family member of Avia Solutions Group, the  largest aerospace business group from Central & Eastern Europe, and has extensive experience operating the A321 family of aircraft. This agreement sets a new hallmark as SmartLynx’s Malta subsidiary enters into the freighter market.


“We at DHL pride ourselves as the global industry pioneer when it comes to introducing new generation conversion freighter types to the market” says Geoff Kehr, Senior Vice President Global Air Fleet Management at DHL Express. “Continually modernizing our fleet with the most efficient and reliable cargo aircraft produced is vital to our success. Having led the world with the A330-300P2F development and successful implementation, it is only natural we would follow on by adding the smaller A321 family aircraft to our global freighter fleet”.


The partnership comes as both a confirmation and a recognition of SmartLynx Malta’s standing in the aviation industry, and its place in supporting the growing demand for air cargo capacity.  Increasing demand for e-commerce shipments and also highly important protective and medical goods, require additional air cargo capacity. The fuel-efficient Airbus A321-200 achieves superior unit reductions in CO2 emissions compared to similar class freighter models.  By investing in these aircraft, SmartLynx Malta illustrates its commitment towards embracing a future focused on cleaner, more sustainable air freight carriage.


 “We are pleased to share the news about the latest addition to our client portfolio. By supporting DHL with two freighter units, our partner is advancing their readiness to respond to a growing air cargo demand”, says Zygimantas Surintas, CEO of SmartLynx Malta. “We would like to express our deepest gratitude to all of the DHL team for their belief that we are both willing and capable of providing the highest-class product in keeping with their expectations. This development is a substantial step forward in our strategic plans for the future. DHL is a leading air transport capacity, and having strong partnerships is a decisive factor to growing our business even further and in a cleaner, more sustainable manner."


Smartlynx Malta is planning to add two additional A321Fs during 2021 and up to four units during 2022, with a business target of becoming one of the largest narrow-body cargo freight carriers within the next three years.

Monday, 22 February 2021

Airbus Updates No.3058


Airbus A321 -253NX 10267  B-322P Spring Airlines onward delivery 21feb21 TSN-PVG ex B-005T
 Airbus A321 -251NX 10323  VT-ILD IndiGo Airlines delivery 18feb21 XFW-DEL ex D-AYAS
 Airbus A321 -272N 10335  JA149A ANA All Nippon delivery 17-18feb21 XFW-OVB-HND ex D-AYAK
 Airbus A330 -343 279  C-GFAH Air Canada ferried 17feb21 YYZ-VCV for onward storage ex F-WWYB
 Airbus A330 -243 328  SU-ALB CIAF-Leasing ferried 21feb21 CAI-AMM ex EI-FSH
 Airbus A330 -201 871  F-WTBW Aircraft Engine Lease Finance ferried 17feb21 TLV-NAP, for Maleth-Aero for 21 Air ops ex F-WWCB
 Airbus A330 -243 975  OE-ISR Avolon Aerospace ferried 22eb21 AUH-CQM for storage ex A6-EYR
 Airbus A330 -343 1485  C-GOFW Air Canada delivery 19-20feb21 SIN-NRT-YMX ex 9V-SSA
 Airbus A330 -243F 1708  OO-AIR Air Belgium delivery 18feb21 DOH-BRU-DUB, basic QR cs, for paint ex A7-AFJ
 Airbus A340 -642 765  5N-AAM Azman Air re-delivery 18feb21 AUH-KAN ex 2-EALJ
 Airbus A380 -841 58  9V-SKL Singapore Airlines ferried 22feb21 SIN-ASP for onward storage ex F-WWSI
 Airbus A380 -841 72  D-AIMI Lufthansa ferried 22feb21 FRA-LDE for onward storage ex F-WWSR
 Airbus A380 -841 79  9V-SKQ Singapore Airlines ferried 22feb21 ASP-SYD after storage ex F-WWST

Airbus Updates No.3057


 Airbus A318 -112 4007  G-EUNA British Airways ferried 17feb21 MAD-ENS, for part-out & scrap ex D-AUAC
 Airbus A319 -111 906  CS-TTG TAP Air Portugal ferried 22feb21 FAO-ORY-EGBP, for part-out & scrap ex D-AVYN
 Airbus A319 -111 998  EC-MFP Iberia ferried 19feb21 MADDGX, for part-out &scrap ex F-GRHC
 Airbus A319 -112 2066  OE-INR Avolon Aerospace regd 17feb21, parked at HDO ex TU-TST
 Airbus A319 -111 2370  G-EZMK easyJet ferried 18feb21 STN-LDE, basic cs on return to lessor ex HB-JZM
 Airbus A319 -111 2495  N2301U United Airlines delivery 18-19feb21 QLA-KEF-CLE-GYR, basic easyJet cs ex G-EZIM
 Airbus A319 -132 3463  RP-C9388 Royal Air Charter Services ferried 17-18feb21 CGK-CRK-MNL after storage ex XU-963
 Airbus A320 -214 1571  LY-VEB Avion Express ferried 22feb21 VNO-CQM for onward storage ex G-OZBW
 Airbus A320 -233 2014  PR-MBT Latam Brasil ferried 19-20feb 21 CNF-BAQ-MIA-GYR (+ 3156 PR-MBO CNF-BAQ-MIA-GYR) ex HC-CDY
 Airbus A320 -232 2156  PS-SFC Itapemirim Transportes Aereos delivery 19-20feb21 CQM-KEF-BGR-MCI, OE-reg ex OE-IKJ
 Airbus A320 -232 2589  PS-SPJ Itapemirim Transportes Aereos delivery 20-21feb21 MAD-SID-NAT-SJK ex EC-LQK
 Airbus A320 -232 2602  TC-JUK Turkish Airlines ferried 17feb21 SAW-AMM, basic cs on return to lessor ex PR-MAX
 Airbus A320 -214 2712  OE-LMM Avolon Aerospace at OSR 14feb21, all white, was in Lauda cs, ntu ex VT-IHB
 Airbus A320 -232 5090  VT-IES IndiGo Airlines ferried 20feb21 DEL-AUH prior return to lessor (+ 5190 VT-IEX 14feb21) ex F-WWDN
 Airbus A320 -232 5362  OE-IDH Parc Aviation regd 17feb21, parked at HKG, all white ex B-HST
 Airbus A320 -251N 10149  TC-NCR Pegasus Airlines delivery 17feb21 TLS-SAW “Zeynep Beren” ex F-WWBK
 Airbus A321 -211 1632  C-GIUE Air Canada ferried 18feb21 YYZ-MCI for storage ex D-AVZF
 Airbus A321 -232 4621  HA-LWH Wizz Air ferried 22feb21 BUD-SNN for paint into all white prior return to lessor ex F-WWBV
 Airbus A321 -211 6342  OY-TCE Sunclass Airlines ferried 20feb21 EMA-CPH after paint ex D-AVXH
 Airbus A321 -211 6468  OY-TCI Sunclass Airlines ferried 20feb21 GOT-EMAfor paint ex EI-GRC

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