Jens Flottau jens_flottau@aviationweek.com

Jens Flottau jens_flottau@aviationweek.com
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Norwegian Plans For Aggressive Capacity Growth 

Norwegian Air Shuttle expects to increase system-wide capacity by more than 25% in 2013, based on the planned launch of its first long-haul routes later this spring and the move to longer stage lengths in the European network.

Daimler Exits EADS, Following Lagardere 
FRANKFURT - The company sold a 7.5% stake for €37 per share, a total of €2.2 billion ($2.9 billion), part of which was picked up by EADS itself. (Photo: Airbus)
EASA Preparing AD For A380 Retrofits

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is slowly nearing the issuance of an airworthiness directive (AD) that will include guidelines on how Airbus A380 operators have to modify wings of the in-service fleet.

EASA today released a notification of a proposal to issue an airworthiness directive that is based on 14 service bulletins, five of which have yet to be issued and another three that are being modified. The AD itself will be published once all the service bulletins are finalized.

EASA Preparing AD For A380 Retrofits 
FRANKFURT - The European Aviation Safety Agency is slowly nearing the issuance of an airworthiness directive that will include guidelines on how Airbus A380 operators have to modify wings of the in-service fleet. (Photo: Airbus)
IATA Rearranges Structure 

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is reducing the number of its regional structures from seven to five by merging its North and Latin American divisions into a single entity based in Miami and basing its Africa and the Middle East office in Amman, Jordan.

Lufthansa Expedites Fleet Phase Out

Lufthansa is speeding up the retirement of its Boeing 737, 747-400 and Bombardier CRJ700 fleets to keep capacity flat during a period of increased new aircraft deliveries.

Carsten Spohr, CEO of the group’s passenger airline division, tells Aviation Week that the airline will phase out all remaining Boeing 737-300s, 737-500s and Bombardier CRJ700s by the summer of 2015. Lufthansa currently operates 17 737-300s, 22 737-500s and 20 CRJ700s at Lufthansa CityLine.

Lufthansa Begins Transition To Germanwings 

Lufthansa this fall will start the transfer of 25 Airbus A320s to its Germanwings affiliate under a plan to restructure the mainline carrier;s non-hub operations.

The transfer will increase Germanwings’ fleet to 84 aircraft consisting of 61 Airbus narrowbodies and 23 Bombardier CRJ900s.

Avianca Looks At Larger Widebody Fleet 

Avianca is considering extending the leases on its fleet of Airbus A330-200s for several more years to grow its long-haul operation. The airline originally intended to replace the A330 fleet with the Boeing 787-8, of which it has 10 on order. But CEO Fabio Villegas tells Aviation Week that the carrier is now looking at ways to secure a stronger widebody presence in its key markets.

TAME Introduces A330s And Long-Haul Flying 
Ecuadorian airline TAME will enter the widebody and long-haul market with the introduction of its first Airbus A330-200 in July. TAME plans to operate the aircraft on the Quito-New York route exclusively, TAME CEO Rafael Farias told Aviation Week. The aircraft is on a six-year lease. (Photo:
MTU Names New CEO After Behle Announces Departure 

MTU Aero Engines CFO Rainer Winkler will replace CEO Egon Behle by the end of the year. MTU said Behle, 57, decided not to extend his contract, which is expiring at the end of the year. Behle and MTU both cited personal reasons for the decision.

Turkish Places Major 737 Order 

Turkish Airlines is adding to its substantial order book for narrowbodies with another major purchase. The fast-growing carrier revealed in a note to the Istanbul stock exchange that it will order 95 Boeing 737s--20 737-800s, 65 737-8 MAX and 10 737-9 MAX. The order complements a previous one for 82 Airbus A320-family aircraft, among them 53 A321NEOs, four A320NEOs and 25 A321s.

Quito Explores Quick Airport Expansion 

Quito’s new international airport plans to start the next phase of its expansion in October to accommodate the expected growth in passenger volume. Freddy Eguez, CEO of airport regulator Empresa Publica Metropolitana de Servicios Aeroportuarios (EPMSA), says a two-month study on how well the existing terminal fits capacity needs is underway. But the city within a few weeks is likely to ask airport operator Quiport to start working on an extension to make room for more gates and lounges.

Airbus Reaches Rate 10 For A330 

Airbus says it has no immediate plans to go up to a monthly production rate of 11 Airbus A330 widebodies after reaching rate 10 at the beginning of the month. The company still is considering a further increase, but that depends on a broad range of issues to be resolved, among them supply chain readiness and market response, a spokesman says.

Airbus Boosts Output 10% For Year To Date 

Airbus last month recorded orders for 250 new aircraft and delivered 64. The company’s entire new business in March was for the A320 family, both the NEO and the current engine option versions. It consisted of the Lion Air commitment for 234 aircraft–a mix of 109 A320NEOs, 65 A321NEOs and 60 A320s–and a Hawaiian Airlines order for 16 A321NEOs.

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