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  
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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

Boeing unveils latest 737

June 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

LE BOURGET, FRANCE, 20 June 2017: Boeing announced Monday what it claims will be the most efficient jet yet to enter the highly competitive civil aviation market, as it tries to claw back market share from rival Airbus.

“Today, it is our pleasure to officially announce the newest member of our 737 family, the 737 MAX 10,” Kevin McAllister, head of the company’s commercial aviation division, told journalists as the Paris Air Show got under way.

It quickly announced more than 100 orders worth some USD13.5 billion (12.1 billion euros), although some were customers changing their selection of models from previous orders. Read more

Paris Air Show opens

June 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

PARIS, 19 June 2017: The aircraft industry descends on Paris, Monday, for the world’s biggest airshow, a prime battleground for bitter rivals Boeing and Airbus, but also a chance for new kids on the block to snap at the heels of the two giants.

Single-aisle planes for short and medium distances are the hottest ticket in the world’s civil aviation industry, with airline demand for models in the Airbus A320 family giving the European company an edge, for now, over its American opponent which is racing to return in force to the mid-range segment.

But the duopoly is not without challengers: Competition is looming, notably from Russia and China who have each been test-flying their own mid-range models. Read more

Lufthansa move A380s to Munich

June 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

FRANKFURT, 15 June 2017: German airline Lufthansa said Tuesday it would transfer five Airbus A380 planes from its Frankfurt home base to Munich, as a dispute with airport operator Fraport rumbles on.

“Starting in summer 2018, Lufthansa will introduce the Airbus A380 in Munich on long-haul destinations to Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Beijing,” the firm said in a statement.

Five of the airline’s 14 A380s — the world’s largest airliner — will move to the Bavaria state capital in southern Germany for the first time. Read more

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