Airbus lands biggest contract

November 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

PARIS, 17 November 2017: Airbus announced its biggest-ever order on Wednesday, signing a deal to supply 430 of its medium-range A320 family of aircraft to US investment firm Indigo Partners, at a list price of USD49.5 billion (42 billion euros).

“An order for 430 aircraft is remarkable,” said Airbus chief operating officer, John Leahy.

“But it’s particularly gratifying to all of us at Airbus when it comes from a group of airline professionals who know our products as well as the folks at Indigo Partners do.” Read more

Bribery probes at Airbus unfold

October 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

FRANKFURT, 17 October 2017: Airbus CEO, Tom Enders, told a German newspaper he was prepared to step down if he was “no longer part of the solution”, as the aircraft manufacturer fights off a widening corruption scandal.

“I’m not glued to my job,” Enders told the Handelsblatt financial daily in an interview to be published Monday, but insisted he currently saw no reason to step down.

The comments come as the embattled company faces bribery and graft probes in several European countries. Read more

THAI: A350 flight given a VIP send-off

October 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines, Thailand

THAI Launches Airbus A350 XWB on Flights from London to Bangkok.

BANGKOK, 6 October 2017:  Thai Airways International recently introduced the Airbus A350 XWB on its nonstop, double-daily route. Bangkok-London. at a launch event hosted at London’s Heathrow Airport, Terminal 2.

His Excellency Pisanu Suvanajata (second row, seventh from left), Thai Ambassador to the United Kingdom, presided over the event alongside THAI’s general manager, United Kingdom and Ireland, Nonthakorn Trakulpa (second row, sixth from left).

THAI recently introduced the Airbus A350 XWB operating a twice daily between the two cities. Read more

Airbus extends China footprint

September 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

TIANJIN, 21 September 2017: Airbus on Wednesday inaugurated its first completion centre for large aircraft in China, a new asset for the European manufacturer in heated competition with American rival Boeing.

China is one of the Western manufacturers’ key battlegrounds, with its travellers taking to the skies in ever-growing numbers.

In Tianjin, a port city 150 km (93 miles) from Beijing, Airbus already has an assembly line for the single-aisle aircraft A319 and A320, the first of its kind outside Europe. Read more

Cathay splurges on A320 order

September 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

PARIS, 15 September 2017: Airbus said Wednesday it has finalised a more than USD4 billion order with Cathay Pacific for 32 of its A321neo aircraft to revamp the Hong Kong-based carrier’s regional affiliate.

The single-aisle medium-haul jets will be operated by Cathay Dragon, which flies from Hong Kong to a number of Asian destinations, Airbus said in a statement.

A preliminary agreement had been signed in August. Read more

Hong Kong Airlines flies A350s

September 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines

BANGKOK, 13 September 2017 – Hong Kong Airlines has taken delivery of its first A350-900, on lease from AerCap, making the carrier the 15th airline to operate the world’s newest twin aisle airliner.

Hong Kong Airlines will acquire 21 Airbus A350 XWB, including 15 purchased directly from Airbus and six on lease from third party lessors.

It has configured its A350-900 with a premium three-class layout with a total of 334 seats, comprising 33 in business class, convertible to fully lie-flat beds, 108 in the new cabin class “economy comfort” and 193 in economy class. Read more

Hong Kong Airlines upgrades BKK service

August 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

HONG KONG, 22 August 2017: Hong Kong Airlines has rescheduled its inaugural flight for its new A350 that will now fly to Bangkok, 10 September, a week earlier than originally planned.

The airline will use an Airbus A350 on the route to Bangkok through to the end of October, when the new winter timetable begins.

Currently, it deploys A330-300s for its six daily services to Thai capital. Read more

Airbus wins mega China order

July 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

BERLIN, 7 July 2017: Airbus said Wednesday it had won a major order from China of 140 planes for USD22.8 billion, during a visit by President Xi Jinping to Berlin.

The European aircraft maker said it had sealed the agreement with China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS), which chief executive Tom Enders called “one of the biggest contracts signed in a long time by Airbus”.

The deal covers 100 A320 single-aisle jets and 40 A350 wide-body aircraft. Read more

AirAsia orders 14 more A320ceo

June 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News

LE BOURGET, FRANCE, 23 June 2017: AirAsia has signed an agreement with Airbus to order an additional 14 A320ceo aircraft to meet higher than expected near-term growth on the carrier’s regional network.

The contract, which is subject to AirAsia board approval, was announced at the Paris Air Show Thursday.

It will see the total number of A320 family aircraft ordered by AirAsia rise to 592, reaffirming its position as the largest airline customer for the Airbus single aisle product line. Read more

Iran agrees to buy more A320s

June 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

LE BOURGET, FRANCE, 23 June 2017: Iran’s Zagros Airlines has agreed to buy 28 planes from Airbus, the European aircraft maker said on Thursday at the Paris Air Show.

Zagros, which flies domestic routes in Iran, signed a memorandum of understanding to pick up 20 planes of the A320neo family, and eight of the A330neo type, Airbus said in a statement.

Zagros is already the largest operator of Airbus single-aisle aircraft in Iran with 11 A320ceo planes, it said. Read more

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