The world’s commercial aircraft fleet is set to more than double in size from today’s nearly 23,000 planes by 2038. According to the latest forecasts from Airbus, almost 48,000 planes will be required over the next two decades.
EgyptAir has taken delivery of the first of 12 A220-300 aircraft on order, becoming the first A220 operator based in the Middle East and North African region. The carrier also becomes just the sixth operator worldwide.
Airbus has reaffirmed its commitment to a long-term strategic partnership with China’s aviation industry. As part of the move the company has signed new agreement with AVIC to deepen industrial cooperation on Airbus single aisle production.
Hi Fly has taken delivery of a new A330neo on lease from Air Lease Corporation. The aircraft is configured with 371 seats in a two-class layout, with 18 high comfort lie flat business class seats and 353 economy seats.
Wizz Air has reached an important milestone by taking delivery of its last new Airbus A321ceo aircraft. From now on, every new Airbus delivery will be equipped with the modern and efficient new engine option.
AirAsia X has finalised a firm order with Airbus for an additional 12 A330-900 and 30 A321XLR aircraft. The contract was signed by Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, chairman of AirAsia X, and Guillaume Faury, chief executive of Airbus in Kuala Lumpur earlier.
The first A220-300 for EgyptAir has successfully completed its inaugural test flight from the Mirabel assembly line. The first of 12 aircraft EgyptAir has on order is due to be delivered to the Cairo-based airline in the coming weeks.
AirAsia has taken delivery of its first A330neo aircraft, to be operated by its long-haul affiliate AirAsia X Thailand. The aircraft was delivered via lessor Avolon and is the first of two A330neos set to join the airline’s fleet by the end of the year.
Airbus has officially begun manufacturing the A220 in the United States. The first team of A220 production workers began work at Airbus’ Mobile, Alabama-based production facility following their recent return from on-the-job training in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada.
Air France-KLM Group has signed a memorandum of understanding for 60 Airbus A220-300 aircraft to modernise its fleet. As part of a wider fleet simplification, Air France also announced plans to retire its ten Airbus A380s by 2022.
British Airways’ first Airbus 350, registration G-XWBA, touched down at London Heathrow earlier. The plane features the airline’s newest generation business class seat, the Club Suite.
Ireland’s national carrier, Aer Lingus, has taken delivery of its first of eight A321LR aircraft, becoming the first airline in International Airlines Group to operate the type.