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Delta orders 10 Airbus A330-300s and 30 A321s

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) today announced plans to purchase 40 Airbus aircraft for delivery between 2015 and 2017. The order, which comprises 10 international wide body A330-300 and 30 large domestic narrow body A321 jets, is the latest step in Delta’s prudent fleet renewal to enhance profitability while diligently managing capacity.

The 10 A330-300 aircraft will augment Delta’s existing fleet of 32 A330s. The first A330 delivery is scheduled for spring of 2015, with three additional airplanes scheduled for that year, four in 2016, and the final two in 2017.

Delta will be the first airline to operate the enhanced 242-metric ton A330-300, which offers additional payload capacity and range. Delta will use the aircraft’s versatility to optimize its Pacific and Atlantic networks.

These aircraft will be powered by General Electric CF6-80E1 engines. Delta currently operates similar GE CF6 engines on more than 60 widebody aircraft.

The A330 will feature 34 full flat-bed seats with direct aisle access in BusinessElite, 32 extra-legroom seats in Economy Comfort and 227 Economy seats. The international aircraft will feature in-flight Wi-Fi and industry leading in-flight entertainment with a library of more than 1,000 on-demand options, as well as standard 110v power, modern interiors with LED lighting, and extra-capacity overhead bins.

The 30 A321s will expand Delta’s existing fleet of 126 A320-family domestic aircraft. Delta’s first three A321s are scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2016, with 12 more due in that year. The remaining 15 jets are scheduled for 2017.

Delta’s A321 will be equipped with CFM56-5B engines produced by CFM International, a joint venture of General Electric Co. and Snecma of France. Delta operates more than 200 aircraft in its fleet today with CFM56 engines, including all Airbus narrowbody aircraft. The A321s will also feature wingtip sharklets, which will provide up to 4 percent improvement in fuel efficiency.

The Airbus A321 will have 20 First Class seats, 22 extra-legroom seats in Economy Comfort and 148 seats in the Economy cabin. Every A321 will feature in-flight Wi-Fi, industry leading in-flight entertainment with live satellite TV and on-demand options, and standard 110v power. The A321 will also offer Economy cabin seats that are among the widest in the industry.

Top Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-323X N801NW (msn 524) taxies at Amsterdam.

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SAS signs MOU for 8 Airbus A350-900s and 4 A330-300s

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (Stockholm) and Airbus (Toulouse) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the order of eight new A350-900 XWB and four A330-300 Enhanced. The agreement marks the launch of SAS’ long haul strategy of an extensive fleet renewal plan, options for more aircraft and a total upgrade of passenger cabins on existing fleet.

SAS recently launched a completely new service concept to create the most modern flight experience for our customers. The customer offer is backed by a comprehensive fleet renewal plan with 65 short haul aircraft already announced and initiated, now complemented with an extensive long haul fleet plan. Key deliverables within the strategy 4Excellence Next Generation have paved the way.

The first A350-900 is due in 2018, and already in 2015, the fleet will be upgraded with the first couple of A330-300 Enhanced to replace A340 when the current leasing agreements expire. In the meantime, SAS will commence the cabin upgrade of seven aircraft in the existing fleet.

SAS’ current long haul fleet consists of seven A340-300 and four A330-300 as well as an additional leased A340 in the fall of 2013.

Eight A350-900 XWB

· SAS will order eight A350-900 with options for another six aircraft.
· The A350-900 has approximately 20% higher passenger capacity than the existing A340/A330 fleet.
· The A350-900 is a completely new aircraft type incorporating advanced aerodynamics, the latest materials and system technology available.
· The Aircraft offers up to 30% lower fuel consumption per passenger seat.
· More comfort, larger windows and a quieter cabin resulting in reduced noise by half compared to e.g. A340.
· The A350 will be delivered to SAS starting 2018.

Four A330-300 Enhanced

· SAS will increase its efficient A330 fleet from four to eight aircraft by ordering four of the A330-300 Enhanced.
· The improvements include a new cabin interior, a 2% fuel burn reduction and a huge increase in range, making it a capable aircraft for all of SAS network.
· The A330-300 Enhanced will be delivered to SAS starting in 2015

Upgrade of seven A330/A340

· SAS will upgrade the passenger cabins on up to seven selected A330/A340.
· The upgrade will consists of new seats throughout the cabin including fully flat seats in Business Class, and throughout the entire cabin a new high definition full video on demand in-flight entertainment system.
· The Cabin upgrade is expected to be completed 2015.

In other news, SAS is supplementing its current Copenhagen-Newark route from June 28 through August 16 with a twice-weekly wet-leased Omni Air International Boeing 767 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-343X SE-REE (msn 515) climbs away from the Stockholm (Arlanda) hub.

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British Airways to operate the Airbus A350-1000, signs MOU for 18

International Airline Group (IAG) (London) and British Airways (London) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to buy 18 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft plus 18 options, as part of the airline’s on-going long-haul aircraft fleet renewal and modernisation strategy.

IAG, owner of both British Airways and Iberia (Madrid), has also secured commercial terms and delivery slots that could lead to firm orders for Iberia. Firm orders will only be made when Iberia is in a position to grow profitably, having restructured and reduced its cost base.

The choice of the A350-1000 follows British Airways’ decision in 2007 to buy 12 Airbus A380s, the first of which will be delivered this summer. Operating the A380 and A350 together delivers real value to the world’s leading airlines because it allows them to match aircraft capacity to traffic demand on any route.

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Swiss commits for six new Boeing 777-300 ERs to start replacing its Airbus A340-300s

Swiss International Air Lines (Zurich) has committed for six new Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft. The prospective deal will have to be finalized into a firm order. Boeing (Chicago) issued the following statement this morning:

Boeing, the Lufthansa Group and Swiss International Air Lines announced a commitment today for six 777-300 ER (Extended Range) airplanes. The airplanes, valued at $1.9 billion at list prices, were selected for the airline’s long-haul fleet renewal. Boeing looks forward to working with Swiss to finalize the details, at which time the order will be posted to the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website.

The Boeing 777-300 ER is the largest long-range twin-engine commercial airplane in the world, seating up to 386 passengers in a three-class configuration and has a maximum range of 7,825 nautical miles (14,490 km).

On the financial side, the company issued this statement:

Swiss International Air Lines generated total income from operating activities of CHF 5,033 million in 2012, a 2% increase on the previous year (2011: CHF 4,927 million). But with the market environment still difficult, operating profit for the year fell 31% to CHF 212 million (2011: CHF 306 million). The CHF 27 million operating profit for the fourth quarter of 2012 was, however, an improvement on the CHF 18 million of the prior-year period. Swiss has also announced that its Airbus A340 fleet will be phased out from 2016 onwards. To this end, orders have been placed with Boeing for six Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft.

 
Swiss International Air Lines generated total income from operating activities of CHF 5,033 million for 2012, a 2% increase on the CHF 4,927 million of the previous year. Annual operating profit declined 31%, however, to CHF 212 million. Swiss achieved an operating profit of CHF 27 million for the 2012 fourth-quarter period, a CHF 9 million improvement on the CHF 18 million of October-to-December 2011.

 
Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin. Swiss currently operates a fleet of 15 older and less fuel efficient Airbus A340-300s. The new additions will start to replace the older Airbus long-range fleet. A340-313X HB-JMK (msn 169) lands at San Francisco International Airport in the updated 2012 livery which features larger and bolder titles.

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Tampa Cargo takes delivery of its first Airbus A330-200F freighter

Tampa Cargo (subsidiary of AviancaTaca Holding)  (Medellin) has taken delivery of the first of four new A330-200F freighter aircraft at the Airbus facilities in Toulouse, France. The aircraft is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 772B engines. The new aircraft is part of the airline’s fleet renewal strategy and will allow Tampa to expand its presence in new and existing international markets, including Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, the United States and Uruguay.

Copyright Photo: Eurospot. Airbus A330-243F F-WWKQ (msn 1368) became N330QT when it was handed over on December 19.

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Interjet signs a firm order for 40 Airbus A320neo aircraft

Interjet (Mexico City) has signed a purchase agreement for 40 A320neo aircraft. Interjet will announce the aircraft’s engine selection at a later date. The A320neo has over 95 percent airframe commonality making it an easy fit for Interjet’s current fleet of 36 A320s. Later this month, Interjet will receive an additional A320 aircraft.

In only seven years of operations, Interjet has become a leading domestic airline in Mexico, having quickly expanded their network throughout the country and into the United States, Central America and the Caribbean. The new A320neo will support their continued network expansion and fleet renewal plans. Interjet has a backlog of 45 A320 Family aircraft, including this order.

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner. Airbus A320-214 F-WQUV (msn 1162) became XA-INJ.

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Malaysia to introduce the Airbus A380 on the Beijing route on March 1

Malaysia Airlines (Kuala Lumpur) will introduce the Airbus A380 on the Kuala Lumpur-Beijing route on March 1, 2013 according to Airline Route.

On the financial side, the company reported an operating loss in the second quarter. Here is the full report:

“Malaysia Airlines has announced a reduced operating loss of RM102 million for the second quarter ended 30 June 2012 compared to RM443 million in the same period last year. The significant 77% improvement in performance year-on-year (y-o-y) at the operating level was due to efforts in the pricing and revenue management area plus lower fuel costs and lower passenger-related costs in line with capacity cuts.

The operating loss for the second quarter was also lower than the operating loss of RM307 million achieved in the first quarter of 2012. For the second quarter of 2012, total revenue fell 6% to RM3.2 billion compared to RM3.4 billion in the previous year following the Route Rationalisation programme in late 2011 and early 2012 to cut several loss-making and low yielding routes.

Group expenditure reduced 13% y-o-y to RM3.4 billion. Fuel costs, which accounted for 37% of expenditure, fell 18% to RM1.3 billion following a 15% drop in consumption. The same quarter also saw a drop in jet fuel price to an average USD132 per barrel from USD140 per barrel y-o-y. Non-fuel costs dropped 10%.

Aircraft leasing costs reduced 9% due to the return of two freighter Boeing 747 aircraft. Overall maintenance costs fell by 16% whilst handling and landing costs fell some 20%. On the other hand, depreciation of aircraft increased 35% in the second quarter due to additions to the fleet with the arrival of 5 new aircraft including the first of six A380 ordered as part of its fleet renewal program.

The Group’s net loss after interest and taxes stood at RM348.7 million for the second quarter ended 30 June 2012, equivalent to a 34% improvement on the loss of RM525.8 million registered in the same period y-o-y. Included in the second quarter 2012 results was a forex loss of RM173.0 million due to the strengthening of the US Dollar against the Ringgit.

For the 6 months ended 30 June 2012, Malaysia Airlines’ net loss stood at RM520.1 million, 32% better than the previous loss of RM767.4 million for the same period in 2011.”

In other news, on August 6, Boeing and Malaysia Airlines celebrated the direct delivery of the airline’s 75th 737 aircraft during an event at Boeing Field. The airplane, a Next-Generation 737-800, arrived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on August 8, 2012.

The airplane comes with the 787 Dreamliner-inspired Boeing Sky Interior, which features larger pivoting overhead stowage bins, larger window reveals and LED lighting to enhance the sense of spaciousness. Malaysia Airlines was the Asia launch customer for the Boeing Sky Interior in October 2010.

Malaysia Airlines took delivery of its first 737 in 1972 and has operated the 737-200, 737-300, 737-400, 737-500 and 737-800.

Copyright Photo: Rob Skinkis. Airbus A380-841 9M-MNB (msn 081) climbs away from London (Heathrow) in the full special livery.

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SilkAir defects to Boeing for 23 Boeing 737-800s and 31 737 MAX 8s

SilkAir (Singapore), the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to purchase up to 68 new aircraft from Boeing.

The order is the largest in SilkAir’s history and remains subject to the negotiation of a final purchase agreement.

It will comprise firm orders for 54 aircraft and purchase rights for another 14. Firm orders will comprise 23 Boeing 737-800s and 31 Boeing 737 MAX 8s. SilkAir will have the flexibility to switch to other variants within the Boeing 737 product range.

SilkAir currently operates 21 A319s and A320s, with three more A320s due for delivery by the end of 2013. The new aircraft will cater for both growth and fleet renewal.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Airbus A319-132 9V-SBF (msn 3104) approaches the SIN base for landing.

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AeroMexico signs LOI with Boeing for 90 737-8 MAX aircraft and 10 787-9 Dreamliners

Grupo Aeromexico, S.A.B. de C.V. (AeroMexico) (Mexico City) announced today it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with the Boeing to purchase up to 100 next generation aircraft worth close to $11 billion U.S. dollars. This intention to buy represents the largest investment by a national company in the aviation industry in Mexico.

The order includes 90 narrow body 737-8 MAX jet airliners with CFM International LEAP-1B engines, and ten wide body Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, with General Electric GEnx-1B™ engines. This major order will make Grupo Aeromexico the first Latin American carrier to operate this type of aircraft.

The addition of these new aircraft is part of the carrier’s ongoing fleet renewal program as it intends to maintain one of the youngest fleets in the industry worldwide. The modern comforts featured by this next generation of jet airliners will offer customers a more pleasant travel experience.

It is important to note that this order for 100 aircraft is in addition to the package of 20 new and wholly owned acquisitions the carrier announced in 2011 including ten Embraer 190 airplanes and ten Boeing 737-8 NG jet airliners, plus the nine Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners whose first delivery is scheduled for Summer 2013. Delivery of the Boeing 737-8 MAX will begin in 2018.

In other news, AeroMexico has added its first Embraer ERJ 170 for AeroMexico Connect. Eventually the newer ERJ 170s will replace the older ERJ 145 regional jets. Former Republic Airlines ERJ 170-100SU N806MD (msn 17000019) was delivered on June 15, 2012 as XA-ACP. It was followed by XA-ACQ (msn 17000042, ex N821MD) on July 9, 2012. The new type entered revenue service on July 7, 2012 from Mexico City to Acapulco, Campeche, Oaxaca and Veracruz.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. AM already operates a large 737NG fleet. Boeing 737-852 EI-DRC (msn 35116) completes its final approach into Miami International Airport.

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