South African Airways Regains AOC, Edges Toward Resuming Flights

By Alan Dron Aug 05, 2021
South Africa’s Civil Aviation Authority has granted the country’s flag-carrier a new air operator’s certificate (AOC), though a restart date for South African Airways (SAA) remains uncertain.
Airlines & Lessors

Daily Memo: Asia’s LCC Orderbooks Remain Largely Intact, For Now

By Adrian Schofield Aug 04, 2021
The era of Asian LCCs outdoing each other with massive narrowbody orders is probably over for the foreseeable future, as digesting their current backlogs will be enough of a challenge.
Airlines & Lessors

More Narrowbodies Line Up For Cargo Conversion

By Victoria Moores Jul 02, 2021
Despite the revival in passenger traffic, interest in narrowbody passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversions remains strong.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Spring Airlines To Issue Shares To Buy Nine A320s 

By Chen Chuanren Jun 09, 2021
Aiming to meet its long-term expansion plans, Spring Airlines is looking to buy nine Airbus A320s and a flight simulator. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

IndiGo To Introduce Four A321P2Fs From 2022

By Chen Chuanren Apr 22, 2021
IndiGo is looking to acquire four Airbus A321 passenger-to-freighter (P2F) aircraft with the aim of taking first delivery in the first half of 2022. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Jetstar Shifts A320s From Overseas Units To Australia

By Adrian Schofield Mar 10, 2021
The Jetstar LCC group is moving aircraft from its units in Japan and Singapore to Australia in order to adjust to varying recovery rates in its markets.
Airlines & Lessors

ST Engineering Takes In First A320 For P2F Conversion

By Chen Chuanren Mar 04, 2021
Singapore Technologies (ST) Engineering has inducted its first Airbus A320 for passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversion.
Aircraft & Propulsion

FlyArystan Aims To Double Passenger Numbers in 2021

By Kurt Hofmann Jan 14, 2021
Kazakhstan-based LCC FlyArystan looks to double its passenger numbers in 2021 to three million by launching 14 new routes and adding three more Airbus A320s.
Airlines & Lessors

Start-up Vietravel Airlines Gets First Aircraft 

By Chen Chuanren Dec 07, 2020
Another start-up airline is set to join Vietnam’s highly lucrative yet competitive air transport sector.
Airlines & Lessors

Allegiant Air Aims To Take Advantage Of Attractive A320 Lease Rates

By Lori Ranson Oct 29, 2020
Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air believes the COVID-19 pandemic is creating opportunities to acquire used aircraft without huge capital outlays. 
Airlines & Lessors

Middle East Airlines Receives Airbus’ 10,000th A320 Family Aircraft

By Kurt Hofmann Oct 09, 2020
Middle East Airlines has taken delivery of its third Airbus A321neo narrowbody, which is the 10,000th A320 family aircraft the airframer has rolled out.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Alaska Airlines Pivots Toward Boeing With Accelerated A320 Retirements

By Ben Goldstein Oct 05, 2020
Alaska Airlines will speed up retirement of 10 Airbus A320 airliners, marking the latest in a series of moves that appear likely to reduce its reliance on Airbus for years to come.
Airlines & Lessors

ST Engineering To Spread A321P2F Capabilities To China, U.S.

By Chen Chuanren Sep 10, 2020
The aerospace arm of ST Engineering is ramping up its Airbus A321 passenger-to-freighter (P2F) capabilities at its Guangzhou, China, and San Antonio, Texas, facilities as the MRO reacts to the demand for air cargo capacity resulting from the COVID-19 crisis. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Airbus Starts Building A321XLR Fuel Tanks

By Alan Dron Aug 05, 2020
Production of the first Rear Center Tank (RCT) for the new, long-range Airbus A321XLR is now underway, the European airframer said Aug. 4.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Pakistan International Airlines Airbus A320 Crashes In Karachi

By Helen Massy-Beresford May 22, 2020
A Pakistan International Airlines Airbus A320 aircraft has crashed close to the airport in Karachi on May 22 en route from Lahore to Jinnah International Airport. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Airbus Reports A321XLR Development Progress

By Thierry Dubois Apr 21, 2020
Airbus’ A321XLR long-range, single-aisle program is gathering momentum as the first examples of some specific components are being produced, suppliers are being chosen and detailed design activities are proceeding, according to the airframer.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Virgin Australia Cuts Tigerair A320s In Response To COVID-19

By Adrian Schofield Feb 26, 2020
Virgin Australia plans to reduce capacity by accelerating the retirement of the last of its Airbus A320s operated by LCC subsidiary Tigerair.
Airlines & Lessors

Iran Air Voluntarily Suspends Three Airbus Aircraft From EU Airspace

By Helen Massy-Beresford Feb 19, 2020
Iran Air has voluntarily suspended two Airbus A330s and one A321 from EU airspace, EASA confirmed Feb. 19, following media reports that the European aviation safety body had banned the aircraft because they were lacking necessary updates.
Air Transport

Allegiant Air Plans For 105 A320s By Year-End 2020

By Ben Goldstein Jan 30, 2020
Allegiant Air is on track to operate a fleet of 105 Airbus A320 series aircraft by the end of 2020, the company confirmed Jan. 29 on its fourth quarter (Q4) earnings call. 
Air Transport