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First A320neo for India’s IndiGo

IndiGo, India’s largest airline by passenger numbers, has taken delivery of its first A320neo. The delivery makes IndiGo the second A320neo operator worldwide following Lufthansa. So far, IndiGo is set to become the new airliner’s biggest customer.

“The A320neo aircraft will enable us to continue to offer affordable air transportation and a new flying experience for our customers. The fuel efficient aircraft will be part of a new phase of our growth and will enable us to offer more regional and international destinations at the best price,” said Aditya Ghosh, president of IndiGo.

IndiGo is one of Airbus’ biggest A320 family customers having ordered 530 aircraft in total. These include 430 A320neo from orders placed in 2015 (250 A320neo) and 2011 (180 A320neo). IndiGo also placed an order in 2005 for 100 previous version A320s which have all been delivered.

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Featured image: Take off for the first IndiGo A320neo. (Image © Airbus / H. Gousse)

 

Iran goes big on Airbus – A380 included in deal

As reported earlier this week, Iran went shopping in Toulouse this week. The numbers announced on Thursday 28 January are even bigger than previously reported, however. Teheran ordered 118 aircraft in total: 45 single aisle airliners and 73 widebodies, 12 of those A380s.

Airbus released official numbers, showing 21 A320ceo, 24 A320neo family, 27 A330ceo, 18 A330neo, 16 A350-1000 and 12 A380 jets. The agreement includes pilot and maintenance training and support services to help the entry into service and efficient operations of these new aircraft.

Surprise

The purchase of A380 was mentioned as a future option or wish earlier, but the actual deal for the giant airliner is a big plus for Airbus and of course Iran, and a surprise for others. The end of economic sanctions provides Teheran with the opportunity to modernize the country’s fleet of ageing airliners.

Iranian visit

The agreements were signed at the Élysée Palace, Paris, during Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s official visit to France with French President François Hollande.

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Featured image: The Airbus collection in flight. (Image © Airbus)

Sanctions lifted: Iran buys 114 Airbus jets

In a move that was doing the rounds immediately after international sanctions against Iran were lifted recently, the country on Sunday 24 January confirmed it is buying 114 Airbus airliners to replace its current, dangerously tired fleet of commercial aircraft. The Airbus jets will be used buy Iran Air.

The deal will be signed on Wednesday during a visit to Paris by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian government confirmed.

Iran is looking for A320s and A340s, which is remarkably and a challenge by itself as the A340 is out of production. Teheran said the first aircraft are to be delivered in months, which could indicate the A340s are actually used aircraft. Iran states it is also looking at the A380 for long routes.

Fleet & spare parts

Right now, Iran Air used older A300, A310 and A320 aircraft, along with several Boeing 747-200s and a dozen or so Fokker 100s. Commercial aviation in Iran over the last two decades was known to be a dangerous undertaking due to lack of spare parts. Several deadly crashes have plagued the country. The order for new aircraft is therefore no surprise.

Iran is expected to need several hundred more airplanes to get its commercial fleet into shape.

© 2016 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image: Airbus A320s are mainly what Iran is looking for. (Image © Airbus)

BOC Aviation orders 30 A320 family aircraft

BOC Aviation, the Singapore-based global aircraft leasing company owned by Bank of China, on Thursday 7 January announced an order for an additional 30 A320 family aircraft, comprising 18 A320neo aircraft and 12 A320ceo aircraft.

“This order underscores our continued confidence in the reliability and operational efficiency of the A320 family aircraft, and reflects its popularity among our customers for short- and medium-haul routes,” said Robert Martin, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of BOC Aviation.

“BOC Aviation is a leading lessor based in a fast-growing part of the world, and its latest order not only demonstrates its continued confidence in our product for its airline customers but recognizes the A320 as a sound financial asset in its portfolio,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “We appreciate the mutually beneficial and strong relationship we have built with BOC Aviation over the past 20 years. With this order, BOC Aviation becomes one of Airbus’ top 10 customers.”

Including this latest purchase agreement, BOC Aviation’s cumulative orders to date for new Airbus aircraft have reached a total of 306, comprising 12 A330s and 294 A320 Family, including 64 NEOs.

More Airbus jets for EasyJet

easyJet has signed a firm order for a further 36 A320 Family aircraft taking its cumulative order for the type to 451. The agreement for six A320ceo and 30 A320neo makes easyJet one of the world’s biggest airline customers for the A320ceo family with 321 ordered and also for the A320neo with 130 on order. Earlier this year, easyJet took delivery of its 250th A320 aircraft.

“Our mission is to make air travel easy and affordable and Airbus is a key partner in delivering this to our passengers. The A320neo with new seats will provide wonderful levels of comfort and space. It is also more fuel efficient – which will reduce emissions and provide lower costs per seat which will help keep fares low. The new quieter aircraft will reduce our impact on the communities who live near our airports. Our partnership with Airbus was built on the A320 Family and this will continue with the A320neo”, said Carolyn McCall, CEO of easyJet.‎‎‎

easyJet operates Europe’s largest and the world’s fourth largest Airbus single aisle fleet. Since easyJet took delivery of its first Airbus aircraft (an A319) in September 2003, Airbus has delivered an aircraft on average every 16 days to easyJet since the first delivery.

 Source: Airbus