Airbus delivers 100th A320 Family aircraft assembled in the U.S.

The A320neo Frontier Airlines

Airbus has delivered its 100th aircraft from the company’s U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama. The A320neo, serial number (MSN) 8580, was delivered to Frontier Airlines. The aircraft features two horses, Meadow & West, on its tailplane.

Airbus’ Mobile facility is delivering four A320 Family aircraft per month and has delivered to eight U.S.-based customers thus far, including Air Lease Corporation, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Spirit Airlines. Airbus has three other A320 Family production facilities around the world: Hamburg, Germany; Tianjin, China; and Toulouse, France.

 

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Wizz Air takes delivery of its 100th A320 Family aircraft

Wizz Air 100th A320 Family aircraft delivery

Confirming the success of the A320 Family for low cost airlines

Wizz Air (WIZZ), one of the fastest-growing airlines in Europe and the leading low-cost carrier in Central and Eastern Europe, has taken delivery of its 100th A320 Family aircraft, an A321ceo, at an event in Budapest Airport. The event was attended by Mr. Levente Magyar, Hungary’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs; Mr. József Váradi, WIZZ’s Chief Executive Officer; Dr. Andreas Kramer, Airbus Vice President Sales Eastern Europe and Central Asia; as well as Mrs. Jessica Villardi, Pratt & Whitney Regional Vice President, Europe, Russia & CIS.

“Wizz Air started to operate its first Airbus aircraft 14 years ago. Today Wizz Air has become a true success story, and we are proud to have played a major role in this journey, providing the most efficient aircraft with the lowest operating costs combined with unbeatable comfort in the widest single aisle cabin in the skies,” said Eric Schulz, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer.

The aircraft, which carries a special livery to mark the occasion, is powered by IAE engines and configured with 230 seats. It is also equipped with “Smart Lavs,” an optimised lavatory design providing more cabin length for more seats and improved seat recline for more comfort.

The aircraft will be deployed on WIZZ’s extensive regional and international network covering 141 destinations across 44 countries in Europe and beyond.

WIZZ will take delivery of 268 additional A320 family aircraft over the coming years.

The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with more than 14,000 orders since launch and more than 8,100 aircraft delivered. Thanks to their widest cabin, all members of the A320 Family offer unmatched comfort in all classes and Airbus’ 18-inch-wide seats in economy as standard. With one aircraft in four sizes (A318, A319, A320 and A321), the A320 Family – seating from 100 to 244 passengers –seamlessly covers the entire single-aisle segment, from low- to high-density domestic to longer range routes.

 

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Airbus delivers 50th A320 Family aircraft assembled in the U.S.

Airbus delivers the 50th A320 Family jetliner from Mobile, Alabama

Alabama workforce also celebrating meeting goal to produce four A320 Family aircraft a month

Less than two years after Airbus delivered the first  A320 Family aircraft from its Airbus A320 Family U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama, the company today delivered its 50th aircraft. The A321, designated MSN 7943, was delivered to Delta Air Lines.

The milestone was celebrated by the facility’s employees, as well as Airbus Americas Chairman Allan McArtor and members of the Delta Air Lines delivery team.

“The 50th delivery is a real point of pride not only for our team here in Mobile, but also for tens of thousands of employees from the hundreds of U.S. suppliers that contribute to these aircraft,” said McArtor. “We said in 2012 that we were going to build Airbus aircraft in the U.S. for our U.S.-based customers. We delivered the first aircraft in 2016, and today we stand here celebrating the 50th. We’ve met our originally announced schedule, and we’ve fulfilled the commitment we made to our customers, our suppliers across the country, and this Gulf Coast community.”

Daryl Taylor, Vice President & General Manager of the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility praised the team that builds the aircraft. “Team Mobile’s hard work and dedication have brought us to this milestone. We’ve built a great team who together are building great aircraft, meeting challenges head-on and continually seeking ways to improve.”

With the delivery this week, the facility also meets its goal to produce four A320 family aircraft a month – known in the aircraft industry as “rate four.” Airbus has three other A320 Family production facilities around the world: Toulouse, France; Hamburg, Germany; and Tianjin, China.

 

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JetBlue unveiled as launch airline for A320 Family Airspace cabin

JetBlue unveiled as launch airline for A320 Family Airspace cabinA320 Airspace cabin – taking JetBlue’s commitment to customer experience to the next level

JetBlue will become the first airline to introduce Airspace by Airbus on the A320 Family, following an agreement unveiled at APEX Expo. JetBlue customers will experience this newest A320 Family cabin aboard JetBlue aircraft starting in late 2020.

Robin Hayes, President and CEO of JetBlue commented: “The Airspace cabin is aligned with our efforts to create an experience as comfortable as your own living room. We are looking forward to our continued partnership with Airbus. The launch of the new Airspace by Airbus interior will takes JetBlue’s commitment to customer experience to the next level.”

Dr. Kiran Rao, Deputy to COO Customers at Airbus Commercial Aircraft said: “We are delighted to be working together with JetBlue on the next generation of cabin experience for the A320 Family.” Rao added: “Airspace offers the kind of features previously reserved for a few long haul cabins, so bringing that to our best-selling aircraft family is really going to be noticed by airlines and passengers.”

The longstanding partnership between Airbus and JetBlue began in 1999 when JetBlue was launched and took delivery of its first A320. Two years later the airline placed an order for 48 Airbus planes. Following years of extraordinary growth, JetBlue now operates a fleet of 176 A320 and A321 aircraft and has another 102 on order from Airbus.

Ingo Wuggetzer, VP Cabin Marketing said: “We are very proud to jointly reveal with JetBlue the first A320 Airspace mock-up at APEX Expo in Long Beach, California, which gives a first glimpse of what promises to be a match made at 35,000ft.” He adds: “As industry leader and trendsetter, JetBlue has the ideal DNA to launch the world’s newest single-aisle interior with us.”

Highlights of the new Airspace cabin in the A320 Family include: a unique welcome experience. In particular, a customizable welcome effect is extended throughout the cabin by a central lighting strip which is visible even with open bin doors during boarding. The A320 Family cabin with Airspace features the industry’s largest overhead bins, whose conformal exterior profile facilitates smooth boarding. Throughout the cabin passengers will appreciate the increased interior width, the soothing ambience of the latest full-colour LED lighting, and a contemporary lavatory design with new comfort features.

 

Source  :  Airbus Website

Jetstar Pacific takes delivery of its first aircraft ordered directly from Airbus

Jetstar Pacific takes delivery of its first aircraft ordered directly from Airbus

Toulouse, Tuesday 27th June 2017– Vietnam’s Jetstar Pacific Airlines has taken delivery of the first of 10 A320ceo aircraft ordered directly from Airbus.

The aircraft was handed over to the airline in Toulouse today and will join an existing fleet of 12 leased A320s flying with the airline.

Jetstar Pacific, based at Ho Chi Minh City, is a joint venture between Vietnam Airlines (70%) and the Qantas Group (30%). It currently operates a total of 36 domestic and international routes. It is part of the larger Jetstar Group that connects more than 80 destinations in 17 countries. Other carriers in the Jetstar Group are Jetstar Airways (Australia), Jetstar Japan (Japan), Jetstar Asia (Singapore).

The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line. To date, the Family has won over 13,000 orders and more than 7,600 aircraft have been delivered to some 400 customers and operators worldwide. With one aircraft in four sizes (A318, A319, A320 and A321), the A320 Family seats from 100 to 240 passengers. The Family features the widest cabin in the single aisle market with 18” wide seats in Economy as standard.

 

About Airbus

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2016, it generated revenues of € 67 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as Europe’s number one space enterprise and the world’s second largest space business. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

 

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AirAsia places major order for 100 A321neo

Higher capacity and increased efficiency to meet ongoing growth

12 JULY 2016 PRESS RELEASE

AirAsia has signed a firm order with Airbus for the purchase of 100 A321neo aircraft. The contract was announced at the Farnborough Airshow today by AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer Tony Fernandes and Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier.

The contract marks the first order placed by AirAsia for the largest model in the best-selling A320 Family. Seating up to 240 passengers in a single class layout, the A321neo will enable the airline to increase capacity while benefitting from the lowest operating costs in the single aisle category.

Today’s announcement sees the total number of A320 Family ordered by AirAsia rise to 575, reaffirming the carrier’s position as the largest airline customer for the Airbus single aisle product line. To date, over 170 A320s have already been delivered to the airline and are flying with its units in Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines.

Tony Fernandes, AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer said. “AirAsia Group currently operates close to 1,000 flights per day to more than 120 destinations in 24 countries. We recorded a robust load factor of 85% in the first quarter of 2016, up 8 percentage points from the same period last year, and we are confident of maintaining this momentum going forward. The A321neo will help us to meet ongoing strong demand as well as further reduce our cost per Available Seat Kilometre across the group, which will translate to lower air fares for our guests. We would like to congratulate Airbus for producing the state-of-the-art A321neo aircraft that meets our requirements for efficient operations.”

Fernandes added, “The A321neo will be operated on our most popular routes and especially at airports with infrastructure constraints. It will allow us to bring higher passenger volumes with the same slots, therefore providing immediate benefits to the airports. These include, among others, more efficient operations, higher revenues from passenger service charges, and more airport retail purchases. We will also continue to maintain our 25-minute turnaround with two- or three-step boarding where permitted to ensure on-time performance.”

“We are extremely pleased to receive this additional order from AirAsia,” said Fabrice Brégier, President & CEO, Airbus. “This is another strong endorsement for largest member of our single aisle family, which is now the clear market leader in the 200 plus seat category. We look forward to see A321neo flying in AirAsia colours and contributing to the airline’s continued success as one of the world’s leading low cost carriers.”

The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with nearly 12,600 orders since launch and more than 7,100 aircraft delivered to some 320 operators worldwide. The A320neo Family incorporates latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices, which together deliver more than 15 percent in fuel savings from day one and 20 percent by 2020 with further cabin innovations.

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Go Air doubles A320neo order to 144 as part of ambitious expansion

New generation of A320 Family at heart of expansion plans

12 JULY 2016 PRESS RELEASE

Indian low-cost airline Go Air has chosen Airbus for its further expansion plans by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 72 A320neo aircraft at the Farnborough International Airshow.

Go Air, a Wadia Group company, announced its latest order following a similar agreement for 72 A320neo placed in 2011 bringing the total order book to 144 aircraft. The first two aircraft from this order were delivered in June. With the NEO induction, Go Air will expand its network and offer fliers better connectivity and continue its growth as one of India’s preferred low-cost airline.

“The new A320neo provide us the competitive edge to achieve our growth targets and help us strengthening our presence in the wider region. It also reaffirms Go Air’s commitment to deliver the most modern, comfortable and excellent air travel experience to all customers as well as to strengthen the sustained positive growth and business expansion of the company. The new aircraft will help us in unlocking new domestic routes while providing a springboard for continued international network expansion in the years to come.” said Go Air CEO Wolfgang Prock-Schauer.

“This further commitment by Go Air is a testament to the reliability, passenger popularity and unbeatable operating economics of the A320 Family. I congratulate Go Air,” said Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers, John Leahy.” Go Air is among the three first A320neo operators, and with an order for 144 is one of the leading operators of the type.”

Go Air is the first airline to use A320 NEO in Spaceflex configuration with 186 seats without compromising on the passenger leg room and comfort. This configuration will also enable better service and availability during peak season for the travelers.

The A320neo Family incorporates latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices, which together deliver more than 15 percent in fuel savings from day one and 20 percent by 2020 with further cabin innovations.

The A320neo Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with over 4,500 orders from 83 customers since its launch in 2010 capturing almost 60 percent share of the market. Thanks to their widest cabin, all members of the A320neo Family offer unmatched comfort in all classes and Airbus’ 18” wide seats in economy as standard. To date, nine A320neo aircraft have been delivered to three customers.

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WOW air orders four A321s

The Iceland-based airline strengthens its all Airbus fleet

12 JULY 2016 PRESS RELEASE

WOW air the low-fare airline based in Iceland has signed a firm order for four A321s. The airline’s first purchase agreement directly with Airbus also makes WOW air a new Airbus customer. WOW air is an all Airbus operator with 11 aircraft in its fleet to date and will grow to 12 by the end of 2016.

WOW air selected the A321 for its wider cabin, low operating costs and excellent fuel efficiency. The aircraft will feature a single-class cabin layout with 200 seats. The airline has selected CFM engines and will operate the aircraft throughout Europe and North America.

“We are thrilled to be adding these brand new A321 aircraft to our fast growing fleet.  WOW air is becoming one of the leading low-cost long-haul airline in the World and we look forward to expanding even further through our successful partnership with Airbus,” said Skúli Mogensen, Founder and CEO of WOW air.

“We are very pleased to welcome WOW air as a new Airbus customer. The new aircraft will fit seamlessly into the airline’s current all Airbus fleet, thanks to Airbus’ fleet commonality,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers. ’’The A321 will offer WOW air the lowest operational costs and the highest seat comfort and widest cabins for its passengers.’’

This new order will strengthen the airline’s network that comprises today 30 international routes throughout Europe and North America.’’

The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with almost 12,600 orders since launch and more than 7,100 aircraft delivered to more than 320 operators worldwide. Thanks to their widest cabin, all members of the A320 Family offer unmatched comfort in all classes and Airbus’ 18” wide seats in economy as standard.

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Gaining momentum: Airbus delivers its second U.S.-produced jetliner

Airbus A321-231 aircraft picture

In what will become an increasingly familiar occasion, Airbus has delivered another “made in America” A320 Family jetliner from its final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama – marking the second such handover from the facility, and underscoring the company’s continuing focus on internationalisation.

The aircraft – an A321ceo (current engine option) – was delivered today to U.S.-based carrier American Airlines, which already operates the world’s largest fleet of Airbus aircraft. It follows handover of the no. 1 aircraft produced in Mobile – also an A321ceo – to JetBlue on 25 April.

This second delivery in less than one month underscores how the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility has quickly become a significant part of the company’s worldwide production network since commencing final assembly operations in summer 2015 – joining other modern final assembly lines in Toulouse, France; Hamburg, Germany; and Tianjin, China. With this arrangement, A320 Family aircraft are produced around the clock on three continents.

The four-member A320 Family – which includes CEO and NEO (new engine option) variants – is the world’s best-selling single-aisle product line, with over 12,400 orders and 7,000-plus deliveries to date. Airbus has steadily increased its production rate to meet market demand, gradually moving toward the highest monthly production rate ever in civil aviation – increasing from 42 monthly in February 2014 to 60 in mid-2019.

The Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility will deliver four A320 Family jetliners per month by the end of 2017. Around the same time, this final assembly line is scheduled to transition from producing CEO aircraft to building NEO versions.

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