“Happy Birthday! 25 Years Munich Airport.” This is the branded message a Lufthansa Airbus will be carrying throughout Europe. The plane can also be seen on Saturday, May 20 during Family Day – the airport’s big birthday celebration suitable for the whole family. The message will stay on the Airbus A320-214 with the registration D-AIUQ (msn 6947) until fall. “We have chosen this unusual birthday greeting because we are celebrating a shared 25-year success story. The growth of Lufthansa in Munich is closely connected with that of the airport. Such a close partnership is unique worldwide,” says Wilken Bormann, CEO of Hub Munich.
The partnership between Lufthansa and Munich Airport goes back to the very beginning. On May 17, 1992 a Lufthansa Boeing 737 was the last aircraft to depart from the airport in Riem, shortly before 11:00 PM. The following morning, two Lufthansa planes, named “Erding” and “Freising”, landed at the same time on the south and north runways of Munich Airport. The first plane to takeoff at the new airport also bore the Lufthansa logo: on the next day, at 5:59 AM, a Boeing 747 took off on an Alpine scenic flight carrying honored guests.
The first steps in developing the future Lufthansa hub in Munich were taken as early as in1995 with the deployment of two long-haul Airbus A340 aircraft. Three years later, the Lufthansa management board approved the airline’s involvement in what would eventually become Terminal 2. For the first time, an airline and an airport were planning, financing, and building a terminal together. The terminal building opened in 2003, fully tailoring to the needs of transfer passengers. Terminal 2 laid the foundation for more rapid development at the Munich Hub. Just one year after opening, it hosted its ten millionth passenger. In 2010, the supervisory boards of Flughafen München GmbH (FMG) and Lufthansa approved an expansion in the form of a satellite building, which opened in April 2016. Since then, Terminal 2 has the capacity to handle 36 million passengers. Another milestone followed in February 2017 – as Lufthansa and Munich Airport welcomed the first A350. In the future, 15 of these most modern and environmentally friendly long-haul aircraft will be based at the Munich Lufthansa hub. Shortly afterwards, the next joint success followed: Munich Airport’s Terminal 2 was named the best terminal in the world at the London Skytrax Institute’s 2017 World Airport Awards.
The Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama, has received the major component assemblies for the first A320 that will be produced in the U.S. The 27 aircraft delivered from the facility thus far have been A321s.
This marks another important milestone for the manufacturing facility, which began production in July 2015 and is equipped to build three members of the A320 Family: A319, A320 and A321.
This A320 is destined to be delivered to Spirit Airlines this summer.
Jazeera Airways, the first private airline in Kuwait and the Middle East has embellished an Airbus A320-200 aircraft from its fleet and dedicated gates at Kuwait International Airport with the national colors of patriotism to commemorate Kuwait’s National and Liberation days.
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During the most celebrated month of the year, the Airbus A320 with registration 9K-CAJ is furnished with the Kuwaiti flags alongside captivating text that reads “daaam 3eezik ya Kuwait” as a gesture of airline’s pride of the Kuwaiti heritage and liberation.
Epitomizing Kuwaiti culture in their approach to airline hospitality and service, Jazeera Airways has played its part in the country’s economic growth and is presently one of the largest operators at Kuwait airport.
SalamAir (Muscat) is Oman’s first Low Cost Carrier (LCC) with an initial fleet of three Airbus A320s (A40-OVA/OVB/OVC). The SalamAir A320 fleet will feature a single class available to fliers with three seats on either side divided by an aisle alongside a comfortable pitch seat.
According to the new airline, “SalamAir is the brainchild of ASAAS, a national investment and development company, SalamAir was formed to meet Oman’s rapidly increasing demand for air traffic, which is expected to grow by 40% by 2019. ASAAS has made a substantial initial investment in SalamAir, its anchor venture, with the ambition to advance the airline as a catalyst for Oman’s development and diversification agenda, and as a key component of the broader efforts to promote tourism and hospitality across the sector’s value chain.”
The first revenue flight will be between Muscat and Salalah starting on January 30, 2017, followed by flights to Dubai (Al Maktoum) from Muscat on February 15, 2017.
ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo (A320-271N JA211A, msn 7401) becoming the first A320neo operator in Japan.
ANA’s A320neo is configured for 146 passengers in a two-class cabin layout with 8 business class seats and 138 economy class seats. It is powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G-JM engines. ANA plans to start scheduled commercial services from Japan to Asian cities including China in January next year.
ANA Holdings, the parent company of ANA, placed orders for a total of 37 A320 Family aircraft including seven A320neos, 26 A321neos and four A321ceos in 2014 and 2015. The company also ordered three A380s this year.
The A320neo Family incorporates the latest engines and aerodynamic enhancements, delivering more than 15 percent fuel savings from day one and 20 percent by 2020. With over 4,800 orders received from 89 customers, the A320neo Family has captured over 60 percent market share in its category.
Orange2fly Airlines (Athens) is a new Greek airline charter company.
Orange2fly is now operating in own its full colors with titles on its first Airbus A320, the pictured SX-ORG (msn 1407) pictured today at Palma de Mallorca. This A320 has been operating on behalf of Aigle Azur during the peak summer season and has now returned to Orange2fly on September 12.
The new airline describes itself:
“orange2fly” Airlines is a brand new Greek airline company, based in Athens, Greece which shall carry out worldwide operations in ACMI and the charter business. The company was established in September 2015 and will operate under a Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority, Air Operator Certificate in accordance with the European Aviation Safety Agency Regulation. (EASA)
“orange2fly” Airlines aims at filling a niche section in the air travel and cargo market, ensuring high quality service and customer satisfaction. The company will order initially with an Airbus 320 of 180 Economy seats.
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Pegasus Airlines took delivery on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 its first Airbus A320neo powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1A engines, becoming the first airline to do so for the type. Pegasus placed the largest single order by a Turkish carrier for up to 100 A320neo Family aircraft in 2012, making it a new Airbus customer. Pegasus Airlines along with Airbus and CFM top management and employees celebrated the delivery in a private ceremony at Airbus’ site in Hamburg.