EasyJet confirms huge Airbus A320 purchase

Artist impression of the new Airbus A320neo (Image © Airbus)
Artist impression of the new Airbus A320neo (Image © Airbus)

EasyJet confirmed its planned purchase of 135 Airbus A320 family aircraft, consisting of 100 A320neos and 35 A320ceos. The initial agreement was announced earlier in June, reports Airbus.

The A320 has a capacity of about 180 seats. The order by EasyJet sustains nearly 2,500 jobs as well as some 7,500 in the extended supply chain in the UK.

EasyJet operates one of Europe’s most extensive route networks, and is the UK’s largest airline, carrying 55 million passenger a year. In addition, easyJet is also the largest A320 Family customer and operator in Europe.

So far more than 9,500 A320s in various versions have been ordered. By July 2013 5,600 have been delivered to over 380 customers.

Source: Airbus

USMC July Harrier Ops in the Red Sea

An USMC AV-8B landing at LHD-3 USS Kearsage in the Red Sea, July 2013 (Image © USMC / Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels)
An USMC AV-8B landing at LHD-3 USS Kearsage in the Red Sea, July 2013 (Image © USMC / Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels)

An AV-8B Harrier fighter and attack aircraft assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU) lands on the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) operating in the Red Sea. The 26th MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force deployed to the US 5th Fleet area of responsibility. The photo was released on July 13th, 2013.

Source: USMC

Talisman Saber 2013

USMC MV-22B during exercise Talisman Saber 2013 (Image © USMC / Lance Cpl. Matthew Bragg)
USMC MV-22B during exercise Talisman Saber 2013 (Image © USMC / Lance Cpl. Matthew Bragg)

A US Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey transport aircraft from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, takes off from Samuel Hill Airfield in Australia on July 16th, 2013. The 31st MEU is participating in Talisman Saber 2013, a biennial exercise that enhances multilateral collaboration between U.S. and Australian forces for future combined operations, humanitarian assistance and natural disaster response.

Source: USMC

First British Airways Airbus A380 at Heathrow

First BA Airbus A380 arrives July 4th, 2013, at Heathrow Airport. (Image © David Dyson / Heathrow Airport)
First BA Airbus A380 arrives July 4th, 2013, at Heathrow Airport. (Image © David Dyson / Heathrow Airport)

British Airways’ first Airbus A380 touched down on July 4th, 2013, at London Heathrow airport.

A milestone, writes the airfields management in a press release hailing the aircrafts quieter noise profile. Heathrow gives those aircraft, including the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, lower landing fees and develops infrastructure such as stands and taxiways for them.

Heathrow airport already hosts twelve A380s, and expects to have approximately thirty A380s and approximately sixty B787s by 2020. Strict noise limits at the airport also mean that airlines generally use their quietest aircraft around 15 per cent more on Heathrow routes.

Source: Press Release Heathrow Airport

More Russian Berievs

The Beriev BE-200ES amphibious fire-fighting and transport aircraft (Image © Beriev)
The Beriev BE-200ES amphibious fire-fighting and transport aircraft (Image © Beriev)
The Russian Ministry of Defense recently ordered an additional six Beriev BE-200 multipurpose aircraft. They will be featuring the Barcos cockpit visualization solution, according to a press release.

Over the past years, long-term Barco customers Beriev Aviation Company and the Institute of Aircraft Equipment (NIIAO) have worked to upgrade the Beriev BE-200 amphibious aircraft.

The upgraded Beriev is fitted with an EASA-compliant, full-glass cockpit solution, comprising six Barco MFD-2068 multi-function displays and two customized Barco Control Display and Management Systems (CDMS-3000).

In July 2012, the Russian Ministry of Emergencies ordered six of the new Beriev BE-200 planes. Now, barely one year later, the Defense Ministry has ordered six additional new aircraft: two factory-standard BE-200 ChS (ChS is the Russian acronym for emergency situations) and four BE-200PS search and rescue planes.

Initially designed in 1998 to fight forest fires, the Beriev BE-200 has the ability to scoop up 12 tonnes of water in 14 seconds. In addition, the multi-purpose aircraft can also be configured as a freighter or as a passenger aircraft, allowing transportation of up to 72 passengers.

Technology company Barco is registered on NYSE Euronext Brussels and is active inmore than 90 countries with 3,900 employees worldwide.

Source: Barco Press Release