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Air New Zealand’s first domestic Airbus A321 touches down in Auckland

Air New Zealand Chief Customer and Sales Officer Leanne Geraghty says the new aircraft is a welcome sign that the airline is doing what it does best – keeping Kiwis connected by adding additional capacity.

“We’re focused on growing our domestic network and this A321neo (ZK-OYA) is especially configured for domestic flying to add almost 50 additional seats per flight compared to our A320s.”

“Our customers have told us, departing on schedule and reaching their destination on time is incredibly important. With the exciting introduction of the larger A321neo domestic aircraft, we’ll commence boarding five minutes earlier and encourage all customers to be at the gate ready to board at minimum, 15 minutes before departure, to ensure an on-time departure.”

The new aircraft is undergoing five days of pre-service readiness in the Auckland Hangars before it commences its first flight on 8 November from Auckland to Wellington.

The new aircraft is the first of two new A321neos to join our domestic fleet this year. The second will arrive later this year, donned with Air New Zealand’s world-first black Star Alliance livery. Three more A321neos are expected to arrive next year with the final two scheduled for 2026.

The A321neos will predominately fly between Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin.

Air New Zealand has an average fleet age of 7.3 years making it one of the youngest and most efficient fleets in the world.

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Frontier Airlines celebrates its “America’s Greenest Airline” title with a special livery on its first Airbus A321neo

Pictured: Frontier’s first Airbus A321neo – “Frederick, the Bald Eagle”, in “America’s Green Airline” special livery, will become N603FR

Copyright Photo: Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A321-251NX WL D-AZWE (N603FR) (msn 11032) (America’s Green Airline) XFW (Gerd Beilfuss). Image: 958924.

Previously the airline made this announcement:

America’s Greenest Airline is About to Get Even Greener – New 30% Lighter Seats Creates Major Fuel Savings

So, how do lighter seats translate to being ‘green’? Well, less weight creates greater fuel efficiency. Weighing 30% less than current model,  the fuel savings provided by the new premium Recaro seats – across the 156 aircraft over the course of a year – is equal to the elimination of approximately 642 million plastic bottles, or more than 1.1 billion plastic bags, or more than 15 billion plastic straws from the environment.

“Frontier Airlines is committed to maintaining our position as America’s Greenest Airline and our current fleet is 43 percent more fuel efficient on average than other U.S. airlines,” said Barry Biffle, CEO of Frontier Airlines. “The lighter weight seats will result in tens of thousands of gallons of fuel savings on a single aircraft while improving comfort. Less fuel means reduced operating costs which translates to savings that we can pass on to consumers in the form of low fares.”

On an average Airbus A321 aircraft, the fuel savings equates to 31,683 gallons per year. And, Frontier has the largest A320neo fleet in the U.S! With the use of these aircraft, Frontier’s seating configuration, weight-saving tactics and baggage process have all contributed to the airline’s average of 43 percent fuel savings compared to other U.S. airlines, which makes Frontier the most fuel-efficient U.S. airline.

The new seats will feature extra comfort, along with redesigned armrests and a larger tray table that will provide added space for laptops, reading materials and other personal devices.  “If you’ve ever driven a sports car or other high-performance vehicle with seats of exceptional quality, there’s a good chance you’ve sat in a Recaro seat,” said Biffle.

Added Dr. Mark Hiller, CEO and Shareholder of Recaro Aircraft Seating, “Collaborating with Frontier Airlines for the first time has been considered a tremendous success, and we look forward to installing our SL3710 seats in early 2021. Just like Frontier, Recaro is focused on making flying a sustainable experience by developing lightweight and comfortable seats that contribute to savings in fuel consumption. I am confident this is the beginning of a long-term partnership.”

The order encompasses approximately 32,600 seats installed on Frontier aircraft. The new Recaro seats are expected to begin rolling out with the delivery of an A320neo in March 2021 with implementation completed by mid-2027.

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Jet2.com orders 15 additional Airbus A321neos, taking total order to 51

Jet2.com has placed a further order for 15 A321neos following its initial one for 36 placed in August 2021. It takes the total order by the Leeds, United Kingdom, based airline to 51 A321neos. The two orders reflect Jet2.com’s ambitious fleet expansion and renewal plans. Engine selection will be made at a later date.

The aircraft will be configured for 232 seats with an Airspace cabin featuring innovative lighting, new seating products and 60 percent larger overhead baggage bins for added personal storage.

SalamAir takes delivery of first of two Airbus A321NX from GECAS

GECAS announces the delivery of the first of two Airbus A321NX aircraft to SalamAir with the arrival of one, MSN 10483, into Muscat, Oman from Hamburg. As announced in late 2019, GECAS is providing the two aircraft from its own skyline.

SalamAir is the first operator of Airbus A320neo aircraft in Oman.  With a current fleet of six A320neos, the operator’s presence has grown to touch over 84 airports, in 35 countries. Based in Oman’s Muscat International Airport, SalamAir is now among the first to operate the A321neo in the Middle East.

Jet2.com switches to Airbus, orders 36 A321neos

Jet2.com has placed an initial order for 36 Airbus A321neos making the airline based in Leeds, United Kingdom, a new Airbus customer and a new Airbus A320neo Family operator. The order reflects Jet2.com’s ambitious fleet expansion and renewal plans. Engine selection will be made at a later date.

The aircraft will be configured for 232 seats with an Airspace cabin featuring innovative lighting, new seating products and 60 percent larger overhead baggage bins for added personal storage.

At the end of July 2021, the A320neo Family had won over 7,400 firm orders from over 120 customers worldwide.

PLAY secures its AOC and first aircraft, announces its first route

PLAY is a new low-cost airline that is planning to operate flights between Keflavik, Iceland and Europe and later North America.

The upstart announced on social media it has acquired its AOC and first Airbus A321neo (TF-AEW, msn 8008):

The company also announced its first route. The first route will be to London’s Stansted Airport starting on June 23, 2021.

Lufthansa names its first Airbus A321neo as “Aachen”

Lufthansa made this announcement:

The name of Lufthansa’s first Airbus A321neo is “Aachen”. Armin Laschet, Minister-President of the German federal state North Rhine-Westphalia and a native of Aachen, signed the naming certificate of the Airbus A321neo at Düsseldorf’s airport together with Carsten Spohr, CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

The state-of-the-art successor to the Airbus A321, the A321neo, uses up to 20 percent less fuel, is much quieter and emits significantly less CO2 than the previous model. By the year 2025, forty A321neo-model aircraft will have been delivered to the Lufthansa Group. Overall, the company will be welcoming a new airplane every two weeks on average for the next ten years.

“The Lufthansa Group invests almost three billion euros per year into new, fuel-efficient aircraft. That is the most powerful tool we currently have to make flying as climate-friendly as possible,” says Carsten Spohr, adding that the prerequisite for these enormous investments is that Germany remains internationally competitive: “Policy-makers have to create a framework that allows investments into the future and strengthens the country’s position as an air traffic location.”

The “Aachen” will be a flying ambassador for the city and its federal state. North Rhine-Westphalia, where the group employs around 5000 people, is an important location for Lufthansa. From the airports in Düsseldorf, Cologne/Bonn, Paderborn-Lippstadt and Münster/Osnabrück, the Lufthansa Group airlines connect the economic powerhouse of North Rhine-Westphalia with the whole world. Düsseldorf, with its densely populated and economically strong catchment area, is an important long-haul and short-haul airport for Lufthansa Group.

“This aircraft will carry the name “Aachen” to many cities throughout Europe. This will also make it an ambassador for the European idea embodied by Aachen and North Rhine-Westphalia,” said Minister-President Laschet. “At the same time, giving the aircraft the name ‘Aachen’ also pays tribute to a city that is above all the distinguished home of RWTH Aachen University and many research institutions and companies with innovative drive and a pioneering spirit in all areas of future-oriented mobility. As the state government, we also want to harness this pioneering spirit for the aviation sector and are therefore supporting the expansion of the airfield in Aachen-Merzbrück to a research airport where alternatives for low-noise flight can be tested along with the environmentally-friendly propulsion technologies of the future. Our aim is to make flying more sustainable with new technology, further strengthening the competitive position of the aviation sector in North Rhine-Westphalia.”

AerCap signs lease agreement with Air Macau for three Airbus A321neos

AerCap Holdings N.V. has announced today that it has signed long-term lease agreements with Air Macau for three new Airbus A321neo aircraft. The agreement was signed during a ceremony in Macau to celebrate the airline’s 25th anniversary. The first aircraft is scheduled to deliver in November 2020 with the two remaining units delivering through October 2021.

In 1995, Air Macau leased their first aircraft, three Airbus A321s and one A320 from AerCap, which were the first aircraft of their type in Macau.

 

EASA issues warnings to Airbus A321neo operators about excessive pitch attitude under certain conditions

EASA has issued this Airworthiness Directive concerning the new Airbus A321neo:

Manufacturer(s):

Airbus

Applicability:

Airbus A321-251N, A321-252N, A321-253N, A321-271N, A321-272N, A321-251NX, A321-252NX, A321-253NX, A321-271NX and A321-272NX aeroplanes, all manufacturer serial numbers.

Definitions:

For the purpose of this AD, the following definitions apply:

Affected ELAC: Elevator Aileron Computer (ELAC) unit having Part Number (P/N) 3945129100 with L102 software P/N 3945129114 (data-loadable); or ELAC unit having P/N 3945128220 (non-data-loadable).

The applicable AFM TR: Airbus Aircraft Flight Manual (AFM) Temporary Revision (TR) 766, TR 767, TR 768, TR 769, TR 770, TR 771 issue 2 and TR 772 issue 2, as applicable.

EASA AD No.: 2019-0171

Groups:
Group 1 aeroplanes are those that have affected ELAC installed.
Group 2 aeroplanes are those that do not have affected ELAC installed.

Reason:

Analysis of the behavior of the ELAC L102 installed on A321neo revealed that excessive pitch attitude can occur in certain conditions and during specific manoeuvres.

This condition, if not corrected, could result in reduced control of the aeroplane.

To address this potential unsafe condition, Airbus issued the applicable AFM TR to provide operational limitations.

For the reason described above, this AD requires amendment of the respective AFM, with AFM TR, as applicable.

This AD is considered to be an interim action and further AD action may follow.

Required Action(s) and Compliance Time(s):

Required as indicated, unless accomplished previously:

AFM Change:

  1. (1)  For Group 1 aeroplanes: Within 30 days after the effective date of this AD, amend the applicable AFM to incorporate the applicable AFM TR, inform the flight crews, and, thereafter, operate the aeroplane accordingly.
  2. (2)  For Group 2 aeroplanes: From the effective date of this AD, before next flight after modification of an aeroplane to install affected ELAC, amend the applicable AFM to incorporate the applicable AFM TR, inform the flight crews, and, thereafter, operate the aeroplane accordingly.
  3. (3)  For Group 1 and Group 2 aeroplanes: Amending the applicable AFM of an aeroplane to incorporate later AFM revisions, which include the same content as the applicable AFM TR, is acceptable to comply with the requirements of paragraph (1) or (2) of this AD, as applicable, for that aeroplane.

JetBlue takes delivery of its first Airbus A321neo, adds a new tail fin design

JetBlue's first Airbus A321neo, delivered on June 29, 2019 with a new tail fin

JetBlue Airways today (June 29) quietly took delivery of its first Airbus A321neo which will allow the carrier to launch new longer routes, especially London.

The pictured N2002J, with a new unnamed tail fin design, arrived at the New York JFK base this afternoon.

Airbus and JetBlue have not yet announced the delivery or the name of the new design.

Copyright Photo: JetBlue Airways Airbus A321-271NX WL N2002J (msn 8823) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 946819.

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