Airbus has delivered the first-ever A321neo. The latest generation aircraft powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1A engines was handed over to Virgin America, an all-Airbus operator, at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany.
The first large sections of Airbus’ next generation new transport aircraft, the BelugaXL, have arrived at the aircraft Final Assembly facility in Toulouse.
Airbus logged orders for 22 jetliners in its best-selling A320 single-aisle jetliner family in March while delivering 62 aircraft during the month from across its A320, A330, A350 XWB and A380 product lines.
From 2016-2035, Latin America will require 2,570 new passenger and freighter aircraft, including 2,030 single-aisle and 540 wide-body, worth an estimated US$350 billion.
South Korean start-up carrier Kair Airlines has announced that it has selected the A320 family to launch its new low cost operation, with a firm order for eight A320ceo. The new airline will be based in Cheongju in central South Korea and will focus primarily on services to international destinations in north-east Asia.
Jean-Brice Dumont, 45, currently head of engineering at Airbus Helicopters, has been appointed head of engineering at Airbus Commercial Aircraft. The move follows the decision by Charles Champion, 61, to retire by the end of this year.
Air Mauritius has announced the introduction of two new Airbus A330-900neo aircraft on long term operating lease from Air Lease Corporation. The planes will join the fleet in September and October next year, in replacement for two A340-300E aircraft whose leases will expire in November and December 2018.
Airbus has increased the average list prices of its aircraft by one percent across the product line, effective from January. This price increase has been calculated according to Airbus’ standard escalation formula over the January 2016 to January 2017 period and takes into account the materials and commodities prices.
Iran Air has taken delivery of its first new aircraft, an A321, in a handover ceremony in Toulouse with Farhad Parvaresh, Iran Air chairman, and Airbus Commercial Aircraft president Fabrice Bregier. The delivery is the first from a firm order placed by Iran Air in December 2016 for 100 Airbus aircraft (46 single aisle and 54 wide-body jets) to renew and expand its fleet.
GoAir has penned a firm contract for 72 A320neo aircraft following its memorandum of understanding signed during the Farnborough International Airshow. The agreement doubles GoAir’s firm order book for the aircraft type to 144.