Daily Memo: China Is Back Ordering (Airbus) Aircraft

By Jens Flottau Jul 05, 2022
The big three Chinese airlines' order for a combined 292 narrowbodies comes after the backlog of deliveries to the country had been getting smaller and smaller.
Airlines & Lessors

China’s ‘Big Three’ Airlines To Buy Nearly 300 Airbus A320neos

By Chen Chuanren Jul 01, 2022
The move could see Airbus becoming China’s largest supplier for new aircraft. 
Airlines & Lessors

IAG Firms Up More Aircraft Options To Upgrade Member Fleets

By Alan Dron Jul 01, 2022
International Airlines Group (IAG) plans to convert options announced almost a decade ago into firm orders for 14 Airbus A320neo family aircraft.
Airlines & Lessors

Daily Memo: Airbus FMS Win Strengthens Thales’ Competitive Position In Avionics

By Thierry Dubois May 11, 2022
Being selected for a new-generation flight management system (FMS) on the Airbus A320, A330 and A350 is consolidating Thales’ position in the avionics market versus Collins Aerospace, GE Aviation and Honeywell. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Qantas Finalizes A350 Deal For Project Sunrise

By Adrian Schofield May 02, 2022
Qantas has confirmed a much-delayed order for the Airbus A350-1000s it will use for its Project Sunrise ultra-long-range flights; it has also finalized orders for Airbus narrowbodies to replace its domestic fleet.
Airlines & Lessors

KLM Navigates Through Operational Challenges As Traffic Rebounds

By Kurt Hofmann Apr 22, 2022
KLM traffic this year is recovering from a slow start blamed on pandemic-related lockdowns and other uncertainties.
Airports & Routes

Airbus Wins Contest To Replace Qantas Narrowbodies

By Adrian Schofield Dec 16, 2021
Qantas announced its intention to buy up to 134 aircraft from Airbus' A320neo and A220 families to replace its Boeing narrowbody fleet.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Airbus Completes First Flight-Test A321XLR Assembly

By Jens Flottau Dec 06, 2021
Airbus has completed assembly of the first A321XLR flight-test aircraft, as the manufacturer prepares for the flight-test campaign to start in 2022.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Airbus A321 Tianjin Assembly Line To Be Operational By End Of 2022

By Chen Chuanren Nov 05, 2021
The A321 upgrade will put Tianjin’s capability at the same level as Airbus facilities in Hamburg, Toulouse and Mobile, Alabama. 
Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Aegean Airlines Improves Cash Flow; Reaccelerates A320neo Deliveries 

By Kurt Hofmann Sep 21, 2021
As the carrier's performance improves it is speeding up deliveries of A320/A321neo aircraft again.
Airlines & Lessors

LATAM Seeks To Expand Orderbook With 28 Airbus Narrowbodies

By Lori Ranson Aug 06, 2021
LATAM Airlines Group is the latest operator in Latin America working to strike a fleet balance and has asked the bankruptcy court overseeing its restructuring to approve the purchase of 28 new Airbus narrowbodies.
Airlines & Lessors

Frontier Lowers Third Quarter Guidance On Viral Variant Concerns

By Ben Goldstein Aug 05, 2021
Frontier Airlines said emergence of the delta coronavirus variant has dampened demand for air travel in the third quarter, marking the latest setback in the recovery from the pandemic.
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

Daily Memo: Insights On The Airbus Production Rates Discussion

By Jens Flottau Jul 30, 2021
There is skepticism in the aerospace supply chain about Airbus’ plans to massively expand single-aisle production over the coming years.
Manufacturing & Supply Chain

SAS To Launch A321LR Operations; Full U.S. Network Set To Return

By Kurt Hofmann Jul 09, 2021
The Star Alliance member has announced route resumptions to the final two destinations in its pre-COVID U.S. network, one of which will be its first scheduled service with the Airbus A321LR.
Airports & Routes

Daily Memo: United Order Puts Spotlight Back On Gauge

By Ben Goldstein Jun 30, 2021
“It’s all about gauge, gauge, gauge”—that's how United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby described the company’s recently announced 270-aircraft narrowbody order on an investor call June 29.
Airlines & Lessors

United Airlines Bets On 737 MAX, A321neo Gauge, Orders 270 Jets

By Ben Goldstein Jun 29, 2021
The order from Chicago-based United—its biggest ever and the largest by any airline in over a decade—consists of 50 737-8s, 150 737-10s and 70 A321neos.
Airlines & Lessors

Icelandic LCC PLAY Begins Operations, Launches IPO

By Kurt Hofmann Jun 24, 2021
PLAY launched services on June 24 with an A321neo flight from Iceland to London, a day after announcing plans for an IPO.
Airlines & Lessors

IndiGo Plans To Match New Aircraft Deliveries With Retirements

By Adrian Schofield Jun 08, 2021
After examining a range of scenarios, the airline decided it is better to receive the aircraft now rather than deferring them, IndiGo CEO Ronojoy Dutta said during IndiGo’s latest results presentation.
Airlines & Lessors

Daily Memo: The Implications Of Airbus’ Narrowbody Plans

By Jens Flottau Jun 07, 2021
The art of succeeding in the global aircraft duopoly is anticipating and taking advantage of the competitor’s weaknesses. 
Program Management

SKY Leasing Raises $663M To Acquire 16 Aircraft

By Victoria Moores Jun 07, 2021
U.S. lessor SKY Leasing has closed a $663 million note offering, generating funds to acquire a portfolio of 16 Airbus and Boeing aircraft which includes 10 A321neos.
Airlines & Lessors

Turkey’s Pegasus Airlines On Track For A320neo Family-Dominated Fleet

By Kurt Hofmann May 12, 2021
Turkish LCC Pegasus Airlines plans to operate a fleet almost entirely made up of Airbus A320neo family aircraft by 2025.
Airlines & Lessors

Airbus Restarts Work On New Narrowbody Final Assembly Line

By Jens Flottau May 12, 2021
Based on Airbus’ latest thinking that single-aisle demand will return sooner than expected, the OEM is resuming preparatory work for a new narrowbody final assembly line in Toulouse to be operational by the end of 2022.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Volaris Adds Leased A320neos As Its Major Markets Gain Strength

By Lori Ranson Apr 23, 2021
Mexican ULCC Volaris believes domestic demand could recover this year and its capacity should continue to rise through 2021 as eight leased A320neos join its fleet.
Air Transport

Delta Orders Up To 50 More A321neo Narrowbodies

By Ben Goldstein Apr 23, 2021
Delta Air Lines has agreed to purchase 25 additional Airbus A321neos, with options for 25 more, as carriers resume planning for long-term growth and the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic ebbs across the U.S.
Airlines & Lessors