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West Air takes delivery of its first Airbus A320neo

West Air's first Airbus A320neo, delivered on December 21, 2017

West Air (Chongqing) has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo. The pictured A320-271N F-WWIB became B-8867 (msn 7795) when it was handed over on December 21, 2017.

Copyright Photo: West Air (WestAir.cn) (China) Airbus A320-271N WL F-WWIB (B-8867) (msn 7795) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 940398.

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DAE to lease two new Airbus A320s to Hongtu Airlines

Hongtu Airlines commences operations on May 21, 2016

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise Ltd. (DAE) (Dubai) has announced that its leasing division, DAE Capital and Yunnan Hongtu Airlines of China has completed a lease agreement for two new Airbus A320-200 aircraft. These modern, fuel efficient planes will be delivered in 2018 and are part of a direct order DAE has with Airbus. The aircraft will come equipped with CFM 56-5B4/3 PIP engines.

This latest addition to the Hongtu A320 family fleet will assist the carrier as it looks to capitalize on China’s increasing domestic demand for leisure and business air travel, offering a high-end, customized service to its passengers. Hongtu currently has a fleet of three Airbus A320 family aircraft and operates flights to 10 domestic destinations.

Hongtu Airlines is a Chinese airline operating domestic flights from its Kunming Changshui International Airport base in Yunnan Province. The airline launched operations on May 21, 2016.

Hongtu Airlines currently operates a pair of Airbus A321s (above) and a single A320.

Copyright Photo: Hongtu Airlines Airbus A321-211 F-WTDB (B-8318) (msn 6268) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 933073.

Air Astana to lease three Airbus A320neo aircraft from SMBC

Air Astana's first Airbus A320neo is delivered on November 8, 2016

SMBC Aviation Capital has issued this statement:

SMBC Aviation Capital has announced that it has concluded a three Airbus A320neo aircraft deal with Air Astana, the national flag carrier of Kazakhstan. This is a new customer for SMBC Aviation Capital and the aircraft will be provided from the company’s order book of 110 A320neo aircraft with Airbus.

The A320neo will be fitted with Pratt and Whitney GTF engines and will have delivery slots in the last quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020.

Air Astana is the first operator of this type of aircraft in the Central Asian region and has plans to grow its neo fleet to 17 aircraft by 2020.

Copyright Photo: Air Astana Airbus A320-271N WL F-WWBM (P4-KBH) (msn 7124) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 934984.

Viva Aerobus celebrates its new Mexico City – Las Vegas route

The first Airbus A320neo for VivaAerobus, delivered on October 6, 2016

Viva Aerobus will launch the daily nonstop Mexico City – Las Vegas route on December 16, 2017.

This new route is the first international route that Viva Aerobus has launched from Mexico City.

Viva Aerobus will close a very successful year for the company. The company is celebrating 11 years of service to Mexico with 23 new routes launched in 2017, a year that will end with nearly 8 million passengers. This will mean an approximate growth of more than 20% compared to 2016.

Viva Aerobus operates 22 Airbus A320s, including two A320neo aircraft on 79 routes and 34 destinations.

Copyright Photo: Viva Aerobus Airbus A320-271N WL F-WWDY (XA-VIV) (msn 7060) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 934785.

SAS launches “SAS Go Light” to the USA – for travelers who travel light

Europe's first 242-ton Airbus A330

From December 14, 2017 it is possible for SAS travelers to choose SAS Go Light on all SAS flights from Scandinavia to the United States. SAS Go Light offers a lower price when travelling with carry-on luggage only.

SAS Go Light was launched on European routes in 2015 in addition to SAS Go and SAS Plus. After the successful launch SAS is now expending the offer to the United States. SAS Go, SAS Plus and SAS Business will remain the same.

To create flexibility, it is also possible for travelers who have chosen SAS Go Light to subsequently purchase additional services such as check-in baggage from the time of booking to departure.

SAS Go Light is available on all SAS flights from Sweden, Denmark and Norway to New York, Chicago, Boston, Miami, Washington, Los Angeles and San Francisco. SAS Go Light and SAS Go will reward travelers with the same EuroBonus points and service on board SAS. The same rules apply for re-booking and reimbursement.

Copyright Photo: Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A330-343 F-WWYJ (LN-RKR) (msn 1660) TLS (Olivier Gregoire). Image: 929524.

Malaysia Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus A350-900

Malaysia Airlines' first Airbus A350-900

ALC issued this statement:

On November 29, 2017, Air Lease Corporation announced the delivery of its first Airbus A350 XWB aircraft (A350-941 9M-MAB, msn 159), on lease to Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB).  This aircraft is the first of six new A350-900s leased to the airline, with the additional five aircraft delivering through the third quarter of 2018 from ALC’s order book with Airbus.

Malaysia Airlines had a short mention and photos on social media:

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We had a little ceremony at our Hangar on November 30, 2017 to welcome the arrival of our new family member. Here are some photos from the event. We can’t wait for you to experience the A350 XWB for yourself!

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Airbus issued this statement:

Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) has taken delivery of its first A350-900, leased from Air Lease Corporation, becoming the 17th airline to operate the world’s newest, most modern and efficient twin engine widebody airliner. The delivery was celebrated upon arrival at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

ALC receives its first A350-900 out of an order for 29 A350 Family aircraft. Eventually Malaysia Airlines will operate six A350-900s, all leased from ALC.

Malaysia Airlines will initially deploy the aircraft on flights within Asia. From the first quarter of 2018, the A350 will fly on the airline’s premier long haul service from Kuala Lumpur to London.

Malaysia Airlines is the first carrier to offer a First Class cabin in the A350-900. The aircraft is configured in a three class cabin layout with a total of 286 seats. This comprises four in First Class, 35 in Business, featuring convertible seats to fully flat beds and 247 in Economy.

Malaysia Airlines already operates 24 Airbus aircraft including six A380, 15 A330-300 and three A330-200F on its regional routes and long haul services.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Malaysia Airlines): Malaysia Airlines Airbus A350-941 F-WZFG (9M-MAB) (msn 159) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 939652.

 

Malaysia Airlines unveils the special Negaraku livery on its second Airbus A350-900

Malaysia's second A350, painted in the 2017 "Negaraku" flag livery

On July 10, 2017 Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) unveiled the Negaraku livery on a Boeing 737-800 aircraft (below). This special livery is part of the Negaraku initiative, a nationwide movement driven by Malaysians for all Malaysians with the objective of fostering unity among all and inspiring the spirit of patriotism.

Malaysia's 2017 "Negaraku" logo jet celebrating the 60th National Day

Above Copyright Photo: Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-8H6 WL 9M-MXS (msn 40156) (Negaraku) SIN (Kok Chwee K.C. Sim). Image: 938802.

Chairman of MAG, Tan Sri Md Nor Yusof, said “The Negaraku livery embraces the spirit of nationalism, carrying with it the essence of the unique Malaysian values across the world.  It is also an important symbol of the good progress seen in the turnaround plan, as the national carrier rebuilds itself, whilst flying the flag across the skies as it works to become the pride of the nation again. We thank the Prime Minister for the Government’s strong and continuous support for the restructuring, which has been an important component contributing to the progress of our efforts so far. ”

Apart from the Boeing 737-800 the Malaysia Airlines Group will also be displaying the Negaraku livery on the ATR 72-500, with MASwings and Firefly, as well as on the much-anticipated new Airbus A350, expected at the end of 2017.

The second Airbus A350-900, as planned, now carries this special livery.

Top Copyright Photo: Malaysia Airlines Airbus A350-941 F-WZHE (9M-MAC) (msn 165) (Negaraku) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 940028.

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Mandarin Airlines receives its first ATR 72-600

The first ATR 72-600 for Mandarin Airlines, delivered on November 24, 2017

ATR on November 24, 2017 delivered the first of the nine ATR 72-600s to Mandarin Airlines. The ATR 72-600 will bring the regional subsidiary of Taiwan’s flag carrier China Airlines the highest standards of comfort alongside unbeatable economics.

Besides the contract for the aircraft, ATR is also willing to provide engineering and technical support to China Airlines and its subsidiaries to set-up in-house capabilities for ATR heavy maintenance, up to C-checks.

Commenting on the delivery, Jenny Tsao, President of Mandarin Airlines said: “The ATR 72–600 features several strengths, with fuel-efficiency as the major point. These enable Mandarin Airlines to operate domestic flights with higher efficiency and more profitability. With ATR 72-600s joining the fleet, Mandarin Airlines will significantly increase the flight frequencies on each domestic route and then introduce some potential new sectors afterwards. The ATR 72-600 contributes to increased flight frequencies so as to enhance passenger service, allowing passengers to benefit from, for example, three to five daily flights instead of one to two daily currently. Intensive flight frequency is a main goal as we introduce ATRs into our market.”

Copyright Photo: Mandarin Airlines ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) F-WWEI (B-16851) (msn 1460) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 939882.

Thai Lion Air takes delivery of its first Airbus A330-300

Thai Lion Air's first Airbus A330-300, delivered on November 21, 2017

Thai Lion Air has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330-300. The pictured A330-343 HS-LAH (msn 1820) was handed over on November 21, 2017 at Toulouse and the airliner immediately ferried to the Bangkok (Don Mueang) base. The aircraft notably features a Batik Air tail livery.

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Top Copyright Photo: Thai Lion Air Airbus A330-343 F-WWCU (HS-LAH) (msn 1820) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 939571.

Airbus A350-1000 receives EASA and FAA Type Certification

The Airbus A350-1000 Prototype

Airbus issued this statement:

Following an intensive flight test campaign performed in less than a year, the A350-1000 has received Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The certified aircraft is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines.

The EASA A350-1000 Type Certification document was signed by EASA’s Certification Director, Trévor Woods, and the FAA A350-1000 Type Certification document was signed by FAA’s International Section Manager, Bob Breneman. Both certificates were handed over to Airbus Executive Vice President Engineering, Charles Champion.

“Receiving the A350-1000 Type Certification from EASA and FAA less than one year after its first flight is an incredible achievement for Airbus and for all our partners who have been instrumental in building and testing this superb widebody aircraft,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus COO and President Commercial Aircraft. “The A350-1000 benefits from the maturity of its successful brother, the A350-900, which has translated into excellent right-on-time performance. We now look forward to deliver the first aircraft to Qatar Airways by the end of the year.”

The Type certification is a requirement for the aircraft to enter commercial service. This milestone comes after an intensive flight test trials that have taken its airframe and systems beyond their design limits to ensure the aircraft successfully meets all airworthiness criteria. The three A350-1000 flight test aircraft powered by Rolls-Royce engines successfully accumulated over 1,600 flight hours. Of these 150 flight test hours were completed with the same aircraft in an airline like operational environment to demonstrate its readiness for entry into service.

The A350-1000 is the latest member of Airbus’ leading widebody family, showing high level of commonality with the A350-900 with 95% common systems part numbers and Same Type Rating. As well as having a longer fuselage to accommodate 40 more passengers than the A350-900 (in a typical 3-class configuration), the A350-1000 also features a modified wing trailing-edge, new six-wheel main landing gears and more powerful Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines. Along with the A350-900, the A350-1000 is shaping the future of air travel by offering unprecedented levels of efficiency and unrivalled comfort in its ‘Airspace’ cabin. With its additional capacity the A350-1000 is perfectly tailored for some of the busiest long-haul routes. To date 11 customers from five continents have ordered a total of 169 A350-1000s.

A350-1000 Type Certification Signature

The largest variant of its A350 receiving type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) From left to right: Frederic Guerin, FAA International Field Representative, Brussels office, Charles Champion, Airbus Commercial Aircraft EVP Engineering, Trévor Woods, EASA’s Certification Director, Alain De Zotti, Airbus Commercial Aircraft Chief Engineer A350 XWB

A350 1000 Flooded Runway

Airbus A350-1000 receives EASA and FAA Type Certification Aircraft on target to first customer delivery by year end

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Airbus): Airbus A350-1041 F-WMIL (msn 059) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 936201.