SAS takes delivery of first A350

SAS takes delivery of first A350

Scandinavian Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900, becoming the latest operator of the Airbus widebody. Airbus confirmed the handover of the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-powered aircraft, MSN358, which is registered SE-RSA. The Scandinavian carrier has configured the A350, named ‘Ingegerd Viking’, with 300 seats including 40 in the business-class cabin and 32 in premium economy. It plans to begin operating the aircraft on 28 January, initially on its Copenhagen-Chicago route, before expanding to other…

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Emirates announces $16bn order for 50 A350XWB

Emirates announces $16bn order for 50 A350XWB

Emirates has announced an order for 50 A350-900 aircraft with an estimated value of US$16 billion (£12.4bn) at list prices. The announcment was made on the second day of the Dubai Airshow 2019, with delivery of the first A350XWB aircraft expected in May 2023. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates Chairman and Chief Executive, signed the deal with Guillaume Faury, Chief Executive Officer from Airbus. This purchase agreement replaces the heads of agreement signed…

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Virgin Atlantic takes delivery of first A350-1000

Virgin Atlantic takes delivery of first A350-1000

Virgin Atlantic has become the second British airline to take delivery of an Airbus A350-1000 this week, with the official handover of its first aircraft taking place in Toulouse. The delivery comes days after long-haul rival British Airways introduced the type into service last week. In a post on Twitter, Virgin Atlantic welcomed G-VLUX — dubbed “Red Velvet” — to its fleet. Welcome to the family, Red Velvet 🍰✈️ We can’t wait to fly our…

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PAS19: A321XLR rakes in orders as IAG signs for 200 737 MAX

PAS19: A321XLR rakes in orders as IAG signs for 200 737 MAX

The Paris Air Show kicked off this week with Airbus’ announcement of the A321XLR. The aircraft, which has a range of 4,700nm (8,704km), has raked in hundreds of orders since, with customers including IAG, American Airlines, and Qantas. IAG kicked off by announcing that it would be placing an order for 14 A321XLR. The deal includes eight for Iberia and six for Aer Lingus, with options for a further 14. The twinjets will allow Aer Lingus – already…

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Airbus officially unveils A321XLR

Airbus officially unveils A321XLR

Airbus has officially unveiled a new long-range version of the A321neo at the Paris Airshow 2019, the A321XLR. The new aircraft will become the longest ranged, single-aisle jetliner when it is launched in 2023. The A321XLR comes as a result of increasing demand in the market for longer-range narrowbodies and will deliver a range of up to 4,700 nm (8,700 km) – 15 per cent more than the A321LR, but with the same fuel efficiency. Airbus expects…

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British Airways first A350 rolls out of paint shop

British Airways first A350 rolls out of paint shop

British Airways’ first Airbus A350-1000 was spotted this week rolling out of the paint shop in Toulouse, France, adorning the airline’s Chatham Dockyard design. British Airways will become the second European and UK-based airline to operate the largest A350 variant, following Virgin Atlantic, which is set to launch the A350 this summer on its London Heathrow-New York JFK service. British Airways currently has 18 A350-1000s on order, with delivery of the first aircraft expected this summer. Another…

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Airbus confirms A350 suitability for Qantas

Airbus confirms A350 suitability for Qantas

Airbus has confirmed that it will be able to offer Qantas both A350 variants to enable its “Project Sunrise” nonstop flights between Sydney and London. Qantas is currently evaluating the A350 as well as the Boeing 777-8 to meet its distance requirement on nonstop flights from Sydney and Melbourne to London and New York. The longest flight currently operated by the A350 is Singapore Airline’s Singapore – Newark route, making use of the -900ULR on…

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ANA takes delivery of second A380

ANA takes delivery of second A380

All Nippon Airways has taken delivery of its second Airbus A380, some three weeks earlier than initially planned. The aircraft is painted in a ‘Flying Honu’ livery in emerald green, similar to the Sky Blue Honu livery which debuted when ANA’s first A380 was delivered in March. The airline’s second A380 was originally scheduled for delivery in June to enter service in July, however, the early delivery means that it will now enter service in…

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Airbus reaches 12,000 deliveries

Airbus reaches 12,000 deliveries

Airbus has announced the delivery of its 12,000th aircraft with the handover of an A220-100 to Delta Air Lines. By the end of April, the European manufacturer had reached a total of 11,995 aircraft deliveries, including 68 of the A220 series, formerly the Bombardier CSeries. Airbus says the milestone figure was officially reached on 20 May with the delivery of Delta’s 12th A220. The airline currently has 40 A220-100s and 50 A220-300s on order. In…

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British Airways debuts A319 in BEA design, announces Landor livery

British Airways debuts A319 in BEA design, announces Landor livery

Last week, British Airways revealed that it would be painting an Airbus A319 in the colours of its short-haul predecessor, British European Airways (BEA) to mark the airline’s 100th anniversary. Now, G-EUPJ has rolled out of the paint shop at Shannon Airport and will be arriving back at Heathrow Airport later this morning. British Airways will be operating the aircraft on its network across the UK and Europe, with the design remaining on the aircraft until it retires next year….

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