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Friday, 18 August 2017

Airbus Updates No.1649

FIRST AIRBUS A320 ASSEMBLED IN THE USA TAKES TO THE SKY

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First Airbus A320 Assembled In The USA Takes To The Sky

First Airbus A320 Assembled In The USA Takes To The Sky
August 15
16:192017
MIAMI — The first Airbus A320 built in the United States has completed its first flight. The aircraft, N650NK (MSN: 7724), was assembled at the Airbus A320 assembly site in Mobile, Alabama and will soon join the Spirit Airlines fleet.
N650NK’s test flight lasted four hours, during which tests were conducted on systems, engines, and structural performance.
To date, the Airbus Mobile factory has built the larger Airbus A321ceo exclusively. Most of the 36 A321s built in Mobile since the factory opened in late 2015 have been for American Airlines and Delta Air Lines. Other A321s assembled in Mobile have been delivered to Spirit Airlines and JetBlue.

By the end of the year, Airbus plans to begin building the newer Airbus A320neo family aircraft at the Mobile site. In North America, American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Interjet, JetBlue, Spirit Airlines, Virgin America/Alaska, and Volaris have the A320neo on order.
Eventually, Airbus would like to assemble four aircraft a month at the Mobile site. With a near record backlog for the A320, Airbus is attempting to produce up to 60 A320s per month by mid-2019 across four final assembly sites.
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First A320 arrival – Spirit

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Airbus Updates No.1648

Airbus A330 -223 939  TC-LNB Turkish Airlines ferried 03aug17 UIO-IST after wet-lease to TAME Ecuador ex D-ALAB
 Airbus A330 -243 1805  B-8596 Tianjin Airlines ferried 09aug17 TLS-TSN, F-reg, 1st A330 to be completed at Tianjin, reg B-005A res. ex F-WWYF
 Airbus A340 -313 185  9H-FOX HiFly Malta posn 07aug17 AMM-MAD ex EI-GAC
 Airbus A340 -313 236  9H-JAI HiFly Malta ferried 07/10aug17 AYT-BRU-TUN after wet-lease to Corendon Air / on wet-lease to Tunisair ex EI-GAD
 Airbus A350 -941 115  N501DN Delta Air Lines delivery 05aug17 TLS-ATL ex F-WZGP

Airbus Updates No.1647

Airbus A319 -115ACJ 1485  OM-BYK Slovak Government Flight Svc air-test 05aug17 at IND prior delivery ex VQ-BKK
 Airbus A319 -132 1934  HC-CMP TAME Ecuador ferried 04-05aug17 UIO-TUS-GYR on return to lessor ex N476TA
 Airbus A320 -231 322  UR-CQP Dart Airlines first in svc 12aug17 IEV-TIV-ODS ex N504JP
 Airbus A320 -233 2044  EI-GCC Ernest Airways delivery 12aug17 LDE-MXP ex PR-MBL
 Airbus A320 -232 2405  VT-IHE IndiGo Airlines first in svc 05aug17 DEL-BLR-DEL ex N675AW
 Airbus A320 -216 3117  RP-C8963 Philippines AirAsia delivery / first in svc 05/09aug17 KUL-MNL-PPS-MNL ex 9M-AFS
 Airbus A320 -214 3791  VN-A668 VietJetAir posn 03aug17 SGN-KHI on wet-lease to Pakistan Int´l ex 9K-EAB
 Airbus A320 -214 3949  HK-5222 Viva Colombia delivery 05-09aug17 SAW-TFS-BGI-MDE, LZ-reg ex LZ-AWJ
 Airbus A320 -214 4727  VT-MOD AirAsia India posn / first in svc 28/29jul17 HYD-BLR-JAI-BLR ex N214FR
 Airbus A320 -214 6646  A7-LAF Qatar Airways ferried 06aug17 SNN-DOH after paint into standard cs ex F-WWBK
 Airbus A320 -251N 7602  SE-ROA SAS delivery 09aug17 XFW-ARN ex D-AUBM
 Airbus A320 -214 7792  XA-FUN InterJet delivery 09-10aug17 TLS-KEF-BGR-TLC ex F-WWIP
 Airbus A320 -232 7808  VN-A571 Jetstar Pacific Airlines delivery 09-10aug17 TLS-DWC-SGN ex D-AVVL
 Airbus A320 -214 7816  JA13VA Vanilla Air delivery 12-13aug17 XFW-TSE-UTP-NRT ex D-AVVN
 Airbus A321 -211 7709  N325DN Delta Air Lines delivery 11aug17 BFM-MSP ex F-WZMJ
 Airbus A321 -231 7754  HL7210 Air Busan delivery 11aug17 TLS-SVX ex F-WHUE
 Airbus A321 -251N 7807  SE-RKB Novair delivery 10aug17 XFW-ARN ex D-AVZB
 Airbus A321 -211 7810  B-8686 Sichuan Airlines delivery 10-11aug17 XFW-TSE-TSN ex D-AVZD
 Airbus A321 -231 7820  B-1001 Juneyao Airlines delivery 11-12aug17 XFW-TSE-PVG ex D-AVZG
 Airbus A330 -223 362  TC-OCF Onur Air posn / in svc 01/04aug17 AYT-JED-KRT-JED, Saudia titl and tail cs applied at JED ex G-CINR

Airbus Updates No.1646

AZUL ANNOUNCES NEW ROUTES TO THE USA WITH A320NEO AND A330

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Azul Announces New Routes to the USA with A320neo and A330

Azul Announces New Routes to the USA with A320neo and A330
August 11
11:392017
MIAMI — Azul, the Brazilian low-cost, award-winning airline, announced today a heavy expansion to the United States with two new flights from Belo Horizonte (CNF) to Orlando (MCO), and from Belem (BEL) to Fort Lauderdale (FLL).
The new flights will be launched in December 2017, during the peak of the Brazilian high season.
“I am very pleased to announce new international service from Brazil to the US,” said the airline’s Chairman, David Neeleman. “Not only have our customers been asking for these flights, but this also strengthens our strategic positioning in these important cities,” he added.
In addition to these new nonstop flights, Azul will be increasing its number of flights to FLL and MCO from the airline’s Viracopos (VCP) main hub up to five flights a day.
With these new routes, Azul consolidates itself as the largest airline in Brazil by number of cities served, offering over 739 daily flights, of which over 200 are non-stop, to over 100 destinations. Its fleet counts with 123 aircraft, including 60 Embraer 195s, 10 Embraer 190s, 40 ATR 72-600s, 8 Airbus A320neos, and 6 wide-body Airbus A330-200s.

LONG-HAUL WITH THE AIRBUS A330 AND A320NEO


Azul’s presence in the United States continues to grow with increased capacity on the new CNF-MCO route. Operated with the airline’s Airbus A330-200, the airline will offer its passengers one of the best cabins in the industry, fitted with the new Azul Xtra fledged Business Class cabin, Economy Xtra (Premium Economy), and standard Economy.
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Similarly, the airline will launch its newest Airbus A320neo on the BEL-FLL route. The new neos are fitted with 174 seats in an all-economy layout, of which 36 are labeled “Espaço Azul”, offering more legroom for paying customers.
Back in January 2016, Azul signed a purchase agreement for more than 35 Airbus A320neos, with an additional 28 to be leased. In October, the first aircraft (PR-YRA), powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines, was delivered to the airline via GE Capital Aviation Services Limited (GECAS).
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Even though the A320neos are set replace E195s on routes where the latter are not doing well, and where higher passenger density is needed, Azul determined that the aircraft was a perfect fit for routes of more than 2,500km [1,350 miles]. The BEL-FLL route is 2,800nm apart.
Antonoaldo Neves, the airline’s CEO, told Airways, “The combination of both Airbus and Embraer will optimise Azul’s offerings. The new Airbus will further drive CASM [cost per available seat mile] down.”
According to Airbus, 52 A320neos and 10 A321neos will be joining Azul’s fleet.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Airbus Updates No.1645

ICBC identified as customer for 20 A320neo-family jets

Chinese lessor ICBC has been identified as the customer behind an order for 20 Airbus A320neo-family jets placed at the end of 2014.
The aircraft were originally recorded as A320neos but Airbus's latest backlog data, covering the first seven months of this year, lists them as 18 A320neos and two A321neos.
Airbus had attributed the order, placed in December 2014, to an undisclosed customer.
ICBC's agreement has undergone a minor rejig – including cancellation of two aircraft – and the changes take to 36 the number of A320neos ordered by the company, plus two A321neos.
The lessor had signalled, during the Paris air show, that it had additional A320neos on order beyond the 20 formally listed by Airbus at the time.
ICBC had ordered the 20 A320neos in 2012, as part of a deal for 50 Airbus single-aisle jets.
But it signed an agreement at the show covering CFM International Leap-1A engines for 40 A320neos.
ICBC is also still awaiting delivery of two A320s from a total of 48 ordered by the lessor.