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.
Lufthansa has taken delivery of its latest A320neo from Airbus, with German flag-carrier now operating five of the planes. The new aircraft - with the registration D-AINE – was handed over on the Airbus business premises in Hamburg-Finkenwerder.
Iran Air and Airbus have signed a firm contract for 100 aircraft, building on an initial commitment signed in January 2016 in Paris. The agreement, signed by Farhad Parvaresh, Iran Air chairman and chief executive, and Fabrice Bregier, Airbus president and chief executive, covers 46 A320 Family, 38 A330 Family and 16 A350 XWB aircraft. Deliveries will begin in early 2017.
Norwegian subsidiary Arctic Aviation Assets has taken delivery of its first ever Airbus aircraft. This is the first of 70 A320neos that the Norwegian Group has on order. It is also the first of 12 A320neos that will be leased to Hong Kong carrier HK Express.
Boeing has rejected a World Trade Organisation claim that it received illegal subsidies for its 777X manufacture programme. In response to the ruling, Boeing argued the WTO had rejected virtually all of the European Union’s challenges to the Washington state tax incentives. On Monday the World Trade Organisation ruled a tax break from Washington state to help Boeing develop its new 777X jetliner was a prohibited subsidy.