Icelandair has taken delivery of one new Boeing 737 MAX-8 on long-term lease from Aviation Capital Group, part of a multi-aircraft transaction between the two companies.
Dominican startup Arajet orders 20 MAX aircraft
Santo Domingo-based ULCC startup Arajet placed a firm order for 20 Boeing 737 MAX 200 aircraft, with 15 options. The startup, which bills itself as the Caribbean’s first ULCC, plans to launch services in May and plans to grow its fleet to as many as 40 aircraft.
Avianca buys 88 A320neos
Colombia’s largest airline Avianca ordered 88 Airbus A320neos with purchase options for 50 additional aircraft. Avianca placed the order after emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in late 2021. The airline said the aircraft would be incorporated into its fleet between 2025 and 2031, and the 88 new Airbus narrowbodies are in addition to the more than 110 aircraft it has its passenger operations.
DHL Express orders six more 777Fs
DHL Express ordered six additional Boeing 777 freighters in early March, taking its order book to 28 for the type.
Iberia takes delivery of first A350-900
Iberia revived fleet revival plans and is taking delivery of nine new aircraft—three long-haul Airbus A350-900s (the first was delivered Feb. 23) and six A320neos for medium- and short-haul routes in the 2022 first half. The first of eight A321XLRs is scheduled to arrive in late 2023.
Norwegian adds 18 more leased 737s
LCC Norwegian has agreed to lease 10 Boeing 737 MAX 8s and eight 737-800NGs from AerCap, as it looks to grow to an 80-aircraft fleet by summer 2023. This latest deal, which was announced on Feb. 28, forms part of Norwegian’s plans to grow its fleet to 70 aircraft this summer. Norwegian currently has 51 aircraft in service. Under this latest agreement, announced on Feb. 28, Norwegian will receive a further 18 aircraft in 2022 and 2023, taking it to 80 aircraft by summer of 2023.
Air Dolomiti to take two more E195s
Italian carrier Air Dolomiti, a Lufthansa Group subsidiary, will add two Embraer E195s, bringing its E195 fleet to 17. The two aircraft, transferred from Lufthansa City Line, are scheduled for operations in March and May.
China Southern takes first A319neo
China Southern Airlines took delivery of its first A319neo from Airbus. Airbus delivered the first A319neo to China Southern Airlines, the first commercial operator of the shortened A320neo family aircraft. The Guangzhou-based airline is the first commercial operator of the shortened A320neo family aircraft. The carrier ordered two A319neos, which are expected to be deployed to high-altitude destinations, mainly around the mountainous southwestern regions. China Southern’s A319neos are configured in a three-class layout, with four seats in business, 24 in premium economy and 108 in economy class.
Corendon Airlines takes nine leased MAXs from ALC
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Corendon Airlines Group agreed to lease nine new Boeing 737 MAXs from Air Lease Corp. Five new 737 MAX-8s are confirmed to deliver to Corendon Airlines (Turkey) in Spring 2022 and one new MAX-8 will deliver to the Turkish airline in the first quarter of 2023. Corendon Airlines Group will lease three new 737 MAX-9 aircraft that are scheduled to deliver to the airline starting in the first half of 2023.
Starlux Airlines adds first A330 widebody
Taiwan-based Starlux Airlines took delivery of its first of eight Airbus A330-900s on lease from Air Lease Corp., which will begin operations in early summer. The 297-seat A330s are configured for 28 in business class and 269 in economy.
ALC buys 50 MAX aircraft
Air Lease Corporation (ALC) announced a new purchase of 50 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, citing continued strong narrowbody demand and building on a recent large order for more than 100 aircraft single-aisle jets. The new order consists of 32 incremental 737 MAX aircraft—an unspecified mix of 737-8s and 737-9s—and 18 additional 737s that were converted from three existing 787 orders. Deliveries of the new aircraft are scheduled to begin in 2024 and run through 2026.
Flynas takes delivery of first A320neo in sale/leaseback transaction
Saudi Arabia-based flynas took delivery of the first of up to five Airbus A320neos in a sale/leaseback transaction with CDB Aviation.
SIA finalizes deal for A350Fs
Singapore Airlines (SIA) inked the purchase agreement for seven Airbus A350 freighters, finalizing a LOI inked in December 2021. The flag carrier also revealed that it was actively in discussions and providing feedback to Airbus on the development of the freighter to better meet its operational requirements before the pandemic. The agreement includes a swap with 15 A320neos and two A350-900, and still remains an option for five A350Fs.
American expands Envoy Air’s E175 fleet
American Airlines has signed a firm order with Embraer for three new E175s. The aircraft will be operated by American’s wholly owned subsidiary, Envoy Air. With deliveries to be completed this year, Envoy’s fleet of E175s will grow to over 100 aircraft by the end of 2022. The contract value is USD 160.2 million at current list prices and will be included in Embraer’s 2021 fourth quarter backlog.
Etihad to add A350 freighters
Etihad Airways signed a LOI for seven Airbus A350F freighters to add to its existing fleet of five A350-1000 passenger versions. Etihad has also selected Airbus’s Flight Hour Services (FHS) to support its entire A350 fleet.
JetBlue converts 30 A220 options
JetBlue Airways has agreed to exercise its option to add 30 additional Airbus A220-300 aircraft to its order book, bringing the total number of A220s in the New York-based airline’s fleet and on order to 100. CEO Robin Hayes said, “With 30 additional A220s on order, we’re in a position to accelerate our fleet modernization plans to deliver stronger cost performance and support our focus city network strategy.”
India’s Alliance Air to lease new ATR 42-600s
ATR and India’s Alliance Air signed a deal to acquire two ATR 42-600s via lessor TrueNoord. The new aircraft will join the airline’s fleet of 18 ATR 72-600s to operate on the challenging airfields in the Himalayas, which have short runways at Shimla and Kullu airports, both located at high altitudes and exposed to high temperatures. Deliveries will start in mid-2022.
Jazeera firms order for 28 A320neo family aircraft
Kuwait-based Jazeera Airways firmed up an order with Airbus for 28 aircraft, including 20 A320neos and eight A321neos. The order confirms the MOU announced in November 2021.
ALC places 25 new 737 MAX-8s with Malaysia Aviation Group
Air Lease Corporation announced long-term lease placements for 25 new Boeing 737 MAX-8 aircraft with Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG), parent company of Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB). The aircraft are scheduled to deliver to the airline starting in early 2023 through the beginning of 2026 from ALC’s orderbook with Boeing. ALC said the new aircraft will “help grow Malaysia Airlines’ expanding route network and improve operations and the efficiency of the airline’s fleet.”
Aviation Capital Group inks firm A220 order
Aviation Capital Group (ACG) signed a firm contract with Airbus for 20 A220s following its order for 40 A320neo family aircraft including five A321XLRs announced in December 2021.
American orders more MAX aircraft
American Airlines converted options for 23 Boeing 737-8s to firm orders, and says it plans to convert seven more in 2022, increasing its total backlog to 55 MAXs for delivery in 2022-2024. It is also deferring delivery of certain number of 787-9s previously scheduled to start in January 2023 to 4Q23 through 2027.
Volotea takes final leased A320 from GOAL
GOAL Aircraft Leasing delivered the last of three Airbus A320-200 aircraft to Volotea in Spain. All three aircraft are held by APF 1, a fund owned by German institutional investors, which has been initiated by KGAL, an independent investment and asset manager with headquarters in Germany. The underlying operating leases to Volotea will be managed by GOAL Aircraft Leasing.
Icelandair receives new leased MAX
Aviation Capital Group
Aviation Capital Group (ACG) delivered one new Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft on long-term lease to Icelandair. This Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1B engines, is part of a multi-aircraft transaction between ACG and the airline.
Qatar Airways places huge Boeing order
Qatar Airways placed a launch order with Boeing for 34 777-8Fs (pictured), and 16 options, for delivery starting in 2027, in a deal worth more than $20 billion at current list prices. The aircraft has range of 4,410 nm/revenue payload of 112.3 tonnes. The Doha-based carrier also ordered two more 777Fs. In addition, Qatar Airways signed an MOU to order 25 737-10s and take 25 purchase rights.
STARLUX Airlines receives second leased A321neo
Aviation Capital Group
Taipei, Taiwan-headquartered STARLUX Airlines received the second of three new Airbus A321neo aircraft on long-term lease from Aviation Capital Group. The aircraft is equipped with CFM International LEAP-1A30 engines.
Maldivian orders first ATR aircraft
The national airline of the Maldives, Island Aviation Services (Maldivian) agreed to purchase the airline’s first ATR aircraft, two ATR 72-600s and one ATR 42-600s, to replace its aging turboprop fleet. The three aircraft will be delivered in 2022.
China Airlines orders four more Boeing 777Fs
China Airlines (CAL) is acquiring four more Boeing 777 freighters as the Taiwanese airline sees the air cargo boom continuing and wants to consolidate its market position. Two of the previously ordered 777Fs will arrive this year with the third to follow in 2023. Deliveries from the latest order will run across 2023 and 2024. CAL has three 777Fs in service and already had three on order from a contract signed at the 2019 Paris Air Show. The latest purchase brings CAL’s total 777F backlog to seven.
Air Serbia renews regional fleet with ATRs
Belgrade-based Air Serbia has begun the renewal of its regional fleet with the arrival of the first member of a batch of ATR turboprops. The leased ATR 72-600 arrived at the end of January, kicking off the renewal of the Balkan flag carrier’s regional fleet of five earlier-model ATRs, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2022.
Azorra Aviation, Embraer ink agreement for new E2 family aircraft
Azorra has signed an agreement with Embraer to acquire 20 new E2 family aircraft, plus a further 30 purchase rights. This flexible deal enables Azorra to acquire E190-E2 or E195-E2 aircraft. At list prices, the order is valued at $3.9 billion. Azorra is a Florida-based aircraft leasing company specializing in executive, regional and crossover aircraft. Deliveries will begin in 2023, adding a further 20 Embraer aircraft to the 21 already in Azorra’s existing and committed portfolio.
Allegiant takes two more leased A320s
Aircraft Leasing & Management (ALM) has arranged the lease of two further A320-214 aircraft to Las Vegas-based ULCC Allegiant Air. The two aircraft were previously operated by Japan’s Peach Aviation and All Nippon Airways (ANA). The leases are finance leases and Allegiant maintains an option to purchase the aircraft at the end of the term for a specified amount. The transactions closed during the second half of 2021.
DAE places MAX aircraft with Aeroméxico, Icelandair
Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) completed the placement of 14 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft with two customers, Aeroméxico and Icelandair. Aeroméxico will receive 12 of the type and Icelandair will receive two. Deliveries began in October 2021 and all aircraft are scheduled for delivery before the end of the first half of 2022.
Startup Flypop takes second A330
Long-haul low-cost UK-India startup flypop expects to begin passenger operations this summer, after receiving its second Airbus A330, with another two scheduled to follow over the coming months. London Stansted-based flypop plans to serve the UK-India VFR market, flying to Indian secondary cities such as Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Goa, Hyderabad, Kochi and Kolkata.
Flybondi adds fifth Boeing 737-800NG
Argentina-based LCC Flybondi took delivery of its fifth Boeing 737-800NG, with 189 single-class seats, and began flying to the province of Tierra del Fuego with the Buenos Aires-Ushuaia route. Flybondi operates from Aeroparque and Ezeiza.
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Linda Blachly is Senior Associate Editor for Air Transport World and Aviation Week. She joined the company in July 2010 and is responsible for producing features for Air Transport World’s monthly magazine and engaging content for the aviationweek.com. She is based in the Washington DC office.