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Airbus A320neo receives joint EASA and FAA Type Certification

Received EASA and FAA type certificate

Airbus (Toulouse and Hamburg) has announced the A320neo has received joint Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on November 24, 2015. The certified aircraft is powered by Pratt & Whitney Pure Power PW1100G-JM engines.

The EASA A320neo type Certificate was signed by EASA’s Certification Director Trevor Woods and the FAA A320neo Type Certificate by Jeffrey Duven, FAA Manager of Transport Airplane Directorate – Aircraft Certification Service. The Type Certificates were handed over to Airbus’ Executive Vice President Engineering, Charles Champion and Airbus A320neo Chief Engineer Pierre-Henri Brousse.

The A320neo successfully completed a rigorous program of certification which tested its airframe and systems well beyond their design limits to ensure the aircraft successfully met all airworthiness criteria.

The three flight test aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney engines successfully accumulated over 1,070 flight hours in some 350 flights. Of these 1,070 flight test hours, 300 were completed with the same aircraft in an airline like environment to ensure operational maturity at entry into service.

The A320neo with Pratt & Whitney engines is the first variant in the NEO Family to receive Type Certification. The A320neo with CFM engines will be certified in the coming months, the A321neo and A319neo in both engines variants will follow.

The A320neo Family incorporates latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices, which together deliver more than 15 percent in fuel savings from day one and 20 percent by 2020 with further cabin innovations. Launched on 1st December 2010, the A320neo offers airlines an engine choice between the Pratt & Whitney Pure Power PW1100G-JM and the CFM International LEAP 1A engines. With more than 4,300 orders received from over 75 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured some 60 percent share of the market.

Copyright Photo: Olivier Gregoire/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-251N F-WNEW (msn 6419) arrives back at Toulouse after a test flight.

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Allegiant announces nine new routes and two new cities

Allegiant's special 2013 Make-A-Wish charity logo jet

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has announced nine new routes and service to two new cities — Dayton, Ohio and Flint, Michigan.

The new routes include:

Year-round nonstop service to Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) from:

Belleville, Illinois – Begins Feb. 18, 2016
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Begins Feb. 18, 2016

Seasonal nonstop service to Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) from:

Pittsburgh – Begins Feb. 19, 2016 and ends May 16, 2015

Year-round nonstop service to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) from:

Pittsburgh – Begins Feb. 19, 2016

Year-round nonstop service to St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) from:

Flint, Michigan – Begins April 13, 2016
Dayton, Ohio – Begins April 15, 2016

Year-round nonstop service to Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) from:

Flint, Michigan – Begins April 14, 2016
Dayton, Ohio – Begins April 14, 2016
Richmond, Virginia – Begins April 14, 2016

All newly announced routes will be twice weekly.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Allegiant Air Airbus A320-214 N218NV (msn 1229) in the special Make-A-Wish livery departs from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Edelweiss Air introduces a new revised livery

Edelweiss A320 in 2015 livery

Edelweiss Air (Zurich) on social media has introduced a new revised look to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The basic change is a larger Edelweiss flower design on the tail. The airline issued this short (translated) statement and image:

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New design for our Edelweiss planes!

We are pleased to inform you that our planes in time for the 20-year anniversary of a new livery.

The first Airbus A320 in the new design will be introduced at the end of November 2015 on the network of Edelweiss. We can’t wait!

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easyJet orders an additional 36 Airbus A320 family aircraft, total now 451

EasyJet (UK) A320-200 D-AVVO (G-EZOM)(15)(Tko)(Airbus)(LRW)

easyJet (UK) has signed a firm order for a further 36 Airbus A320 Family aircraft taking its cumulative order for the type to 451. The agreement for six A320ceo and 30 A320neo makes easyJet one of the world’s biggest airline customers for the A320ceo Family with 321 ordered and also for the A320neo with 130 on order.

In the year that easyJet celebrates its 20th anniversary, earlier in April 2015, the airline took delivery of its 250th A320 aircraft. As with other recent deliveries to easyJet, the A320 is equipped with the latest technology and fuel-saving Sharklets.

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The airline flies on more than 750 routes to over 130 airports across 31 countries.
easyJet operates Europe’s largest and the world’s fourth largest Airbus single aisle fleet. Since easyJet took delivery of its first Airbus aircraft (an A319) in September 2003, Airbus has delivered an aircraft on average every 16 days to easyJet since the first delivery.

Top Photo: Airbus. Airbus A320-214 D-AVVO (msn 6587) became G-EZOM on the handover on May 6, 2015.

Below Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-111 G-EZDL (msn 3569) arrives at EuroAirport.

easyJet (UK) Airbus A319-111 G-EZDL (msn 3569) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 929086.

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Allegiant celebrates 10 years in Florida with a new “Visit Florida” Airbus A320 logo jet

Allegiant A320-200 N228NV (15-Visit Florida)(Grd) SFB (Allegiant)(LR)

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) yesterday (November 4) celebrated 10 years of flying to Florida. The company unveiled and induced into its fleet a newly acquired Airbus A320 aircraft with a special VISIT FLORIDA branded livery. Allegiant hosted the unveiling event at the Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB) north of Orlando.

The new livery commemorates the company’s ongoing partnership with VISIT FLORIDA to promote tourism and visitation in the Sunshine State. Since Allegiant began bringing visitors into Florida in 2005, the company has brought more than 22 million people into the state and generated an estimated $15.84 billion in visitor spending. Allegiant employs nearly 1,500 people in Florida d as a result of s its operations in the state.

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Between now and the end of the year, Allegiant is inaugurating 14 new Florida flights with two new routes to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, three new routes to Fort Myers, three new routes to St. Petersburg/Clearwater and six new routes to Sanford from cities across the country.

Photo: Allegiant Air. The pictured Airbus A320-214 N228NV (msn 716) was the former D-AHHD of Hamburg Airways and was painted in this special scheme last month.

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Virgin America reports 3Q GAAP net income of $71.9 million

Virgin America (San Francisco) reported its financial results for the third quarter of 2015. Key highlights from the third quarter include:

  • Third quarter 2015 net income was $73.0 million excluding special items1, an increase of $31.3 million from the third quarter of 2014. Operating income and operating margin excluding special items were $75.0 million and 18.2 percent, respectively.
  • On a GAAP basis, net income was $71.9 million. Operating income and operating margin on a GAAP basis were $73.9 million and 18.0 percent, respectively.
  • Fully diluted earnings per share excluding special items was $1.64. On a GAAP basis, fully diluted earnings per share was $1.61.

“Virgin America continued its strong financial performance in the third quarter with record earnings and margins,” said David Cush, Virgin America’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We believe we are well-positioned to grow the airline while maintaining our low cost model, driving year-over-year industry unit revenue outperformance and improving ancillary revenue. We’re also investing in our product so that we can continue improving what is already the best, most consistent guest experience in the industry.”

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 N634VA (msn 3359) taxies to the runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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JetBlue reports net income of $198 million for the 3Q

JetBlue Airways Corporation (New York) today reported its results for the third quarter 2015:

Operating income of $351 million in the third quarter. This compares to operating income of $164 million in the third quarter of 2014.

Pre-tax income of $322 million in the third quarter. This compares to pre-tax income of $132 million in the third quarter of 2014.

Net income of $198 million, or $0.58 per diluted share. This compares to JetBlue’s third quarter 2014 net income of $79 million, or $0.24 per diluted share.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N516JB (msn 1302) named “Royal Blue” prepares to depart from Long Beach.

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