CDB Aviation, a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co., Limited, announced that the company delivered the first of four Airbus A320neo family aircraft on long-term lease to Russia’s flagship airline, Aeroflot.
Aeroflot took delivery of the first aircraft, a new A320neo, on May 14 at Airbus’ delivery center in Toulouse, France. The remaining three deliveries include two additional A320neos and one A321neo, which will be received by the carrier later in May.
Smartavia Airlines has taken delivery of its first of three Airbus A320neo, powered by CFM International Leap-1A engines.
Airbus A320-251N VP-BOS (msn 7523, ex XA-JRM) was formerly operated by Interjet. It was delivered on April 13.
Smartavia Airlines operates scheduled and charter air services under trade mark Smartavia (since March, 2019) and the designation code 5N to more than 60 airports in Russia and abroad. The Airline has dominant position in the market of passenger air service in the North-West of the Russian Federation.
The airline has bases at Moscow (Domodedovo), St. Petersburg (Pulkovo) and Arkhangelsk.
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Air Côte d’Ivoire, Ivory Coast’s flagship carrier based in Abidjan, on February 17 too delivery of its first Airbus A320neo (above) (TU-TSX), becoming the first operator of the type in the West-African region. This latest generation aircraft will join Air Côte d’Ivoire’s existing Airbus fleet of six aircraft.
Above Photo: H. Grousse-Master Films/Airbus.
With improved levels of efficiency, this new aircraft will be deployed on Air Côte d’Ivoire’s regional network to serve Senegal, Gabon, and Cameroon. Destinations like South Africa will be added at a later stage, highlighting the operational flexibility of the A320neo.
Powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines, the aircraft is configured in a comfortable two-class layout with 16 seats in Business and 132 seats in Economy Class. Passengers will benefit from the widest cabin of any single-aisle aircraft, high-speed Internet connectivity and latest generation in-flight entertainment system.
Above Photos: Eurospot.
Air Cote d’Ivoire’s first A320neo took off from Toulouse carrying 1 tonne of humanitarian goods including medical equipment and toys. In partnership with Aviation sans Frontières and the Airbus Foundation, the mission is part of Air Côte d’Ivoire’s corporate social responsibility initiative. The transported goods will serve local NGOs in Abidjan, thus supporting the education and health sector in the country.
Air Cote d’Ivoire has a fleet of 10 aircraft, including three A319s and three A320s, serving 25 domestic and regional destinations in West and Central Africa.
Aircalin has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo. The aircraft joins two A330neo aircraft already delivered under the carrier’s fleet modernization plan.
Aircalin’s A320neo is powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1000 engines and configured in a single class layout with 168 seats.
With the A320neo, Aircalin will be able to increase capacity on its flights and open new routes across the Pacific region.
At the end of November 2020, the A320neo Family had received 7,455 firm orders from over 120 customers worldwide.
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Swiss International Air Lines (Swiss) has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo aircraft (HB-JDA) at a delivery ceremony in Hamburg, Germany. It is the first of 25 A320neo Family aircraft ordered by Swiss International Air Lines.
The A320neo Family incorporates the very latest technologies including new-generation engines, Sharklets and cabin efficiency enablers, which together deliver 20% fuel savings. With more than 7,300 orders received from over 110 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured some 60% share of the market.
Top Copyright Photo: Swiss International Air Lines Airbus A320-271N WL HB-JDA (msn 9246) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 949161.
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JetSMART presented its first Airbus A320-271N (A320neo), in a ceremony held at Aerocardal FBO of Santiago de Chile’s Arturo Merino Benítez airport (SCL) with big presence of media and local fashion representatives.
This ceremony took place on October 9, 2019. The event mainly consisted of a fashion event with models of EML Elite Model Look Chile. In fact, EML chose to make is 2019 awards, transforming both Aerocardal apron and CC-AWJ itself into a fashion show.
The A320neo performed the inaugural flight from Santiago (SCL), flying over Chile’s central region coast, specifically the touristic cities of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar; while the Airbus performed several turns over the Pacific Ocean (at an average altitude of 10,000 ft), its aisle was transformed into an in flight fashion show by EML models.
CC-AWJ (msn 9194), is owned by SMBC Aviation Capital Limited and operated by JetSMART SPA.
CC-AWJ is decorated with a hummingbird (Colibrí de Arica), and after a Facebook contest was named Zunzún.
It is also the first of six Airbus A320neo to be received by JetSMART until the first semester of 2020, and bringing the ULCC carrier fleet from 11 to 17 aircraft.
Alvaro Romero reporting from Santiago.
All photos by Alvaro Romero.
Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, has taken delivery of Africa’s first A320neo on lease from CDB Aviation, becoming the first African airline to operate the A320neo aircraft.
The new aircraft will allow Air Seychelles to increase capacity on its network, while delivering significant fuel savings and reducing the airline’s operating costs. Air Seychelles’ new A320neo is equipped with a new inflight product reflecting the latest trends in air travel industry, offering passengers greater level of comfort and an enhanced travel experience. With its widest single-aisle cabin, the A320neo allows Air Seychelles to offer unmatched comfort in all classes and Airbus’ 18-inch-wide seats in economy as standard.
The A320neo is the world’s most advanced and fuel-efficient single-aisle aircraft. Air Seychelles’ A320neo jetliner is powered by the new-generation LEAP-1A engine from CFM International and features large, fuel-saving wingtip devices known as Sharklets.
With the addition of 32 new Airbus operators in the continent since 2010, today 243 Airbus aircraft are flown by African airlines, out of which, 145 aircraft are A320 Family. This is a testament to the appeal and performance of the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft family across the continent.
Air Malta’s newest addition to the fleet – a brand new 180-seater Airbus A320neo – arrived in Malta on July 31.
The aircraft, which has been registered on the Maltese aircraft register as 9H-NEB, was flown directly from the Airbus’ Hamburg facility (above) and greeted by staff members upon arrival. It entered into service on August 1 with a morning flight to Milan Malpensa.
The aircraft has been configured according to Air Malta’s requirements. The cabin interior offers 18-inch-wide seats where passengers can enjoy more personal space, comfort and leg room.
Apart from enhanced specifications including a more modern look and feel of the cabin, led lightning and larger luggage storage, the aircraft offers reduced operational costs for Air Malta especially with its improved fuel efficiency of around 20%. Due to its lower fuel burn rate, the aircraft is capable of longer-range flights of about 10-15%. The aircraft is equipped with CFM International LEAP-1A engines.
A third brand new Airbus A320neo is expected to join the airline’s fleet in the coming weeks.
Last year Air Malta embarked on a 5-year fleet renewal project that will see the replacement of all aircraft with neo models.
Photos by Daryl Cauchi and Daniel Balzan.
Atlantic Airways, the Faroe Islands flag carrier, has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo, msn 8918.
Leased from Air Lease Corporation, this aircraft is powered by CFMI LEAP-1A engines and is configured in an all-economy cabin layout.
With its new Airbus fleet member Atlantic Airways will further develop its European network. The airline, an Airbus customer since 2008, already operates an all-Airbus fleet of three A320 Family aircraft (currently two A319ceos and one A320ceo). In addition, the airline also recently placed a firm order for two additional A320neos.
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flyadeal has made this announcement:
flyadeal has announced a significant growth to its fleet, with an order for 30 Airbus A320neo aircraft, and options for a further 20 A320neo family aircraft.
This is in response to continuing growth in passenger demand across domestic, regional and international routes.
Deliveries of the flyadeal aircraft will commence in 2021.
The allocation of the new aircraft to flyadeal follows from the agreement which Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation (Saudia) signed during the Paris Air Show in June this year.
The agreement was for a total of 100 aircraft, and was signed by His Excellency Eng. Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation and Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer, in the presence of His Excellency Dr. Ghassan Abdulrahman Al-Shibil, Chairman Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation.
The additional aircraft are part of the dual brand strategy of the Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation where flyadeal serves the price conscious customer that is seeking everyday low fares.
This order will result in flyadeal operating an all- Airbus A320 fleet in the future.
Note: An order with Boeing for 30 737 MAX jets has been cancelled.