The contract, signed in December, represents the first direct purchase by Citilink from Airbus. It follows an order placed in 2011 by Garuda Indonesia for 15 Airbus A320 and 10 Airbus A320neo aircraft for operation by Citilink.

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The firm order increases by five aircraft Avolon’s initial commitment for 15 Airbus A320neo aircraft, announced last July at the Farnborough International Airshow 2012 as a memorandum of understanding.

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The purchase agreement from the Lebanese airline follows MEA’s signing a memorandum of understanding on July 12, 2012. Airbus announced the deal at the Farnborough Airshow International 2012.

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Hawaiian Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding to order 16 new Airbus A321neos for delivery between 2017 and 2020, with rights to purchase nine more. The A321neos will complement its existing widebody fleet on routes between Hawai’i and the U.S. West Coast.

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The deal is the largest single commercial aircraft order ever placed by an airline in Turkey, according to Airbus. It is also a significant win for Airbus in that until now Pegasus Airlines has been a confirmed Boeing 737 customer.

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The order covers an additional 64 A320neo and 36 A320ceo aircraft for operation across the AirAsia network.

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According to the manufacturer, EASA European certification for CFM56-powered Airbus A320-family jets with Sharkets will be followed very soon by certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.

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The new A320neo jets will support Interjet’s continued network expansion and fleet renewal plans. Interjet now has a backlog of 45 Airbus A320-family aircraft, including its November 13 order.

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The latest contract takes TransAsia Airways’ total orders for Airbus single-aisle aircraft to 29, of which 11 have already been delivered. The carrier’s single aisle backlog now comprises 12 A321neo and six Sharklet-equipped A321ceo jets.

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This is the second large Airbus A320-family order that ICBC Leasing has placed in 14 months. On June 28, 2011, ICBC Leasing placed a firm order for 42 A320-family aircraft as part of a General Terms Agreement covering 88 A320-family jets.

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Philippine Airlines has placed a firm order with Airbus covering 34 A321s, 10 A321neo jets and 10 A330-300 widebodies. Philippine Airlines is purchasing the aircraft under a major fleet modernization program and deliveries of its new Airbus aircraft are due to start in 2013.

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The Qantas Group is restructuring its Boeing 787-9 delivery schedule and canceling orders for 35 Boeing 787-9s as part of its five-year turnaround plan for the company’s loss-making Qantas International division.

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Ireland-based leasing company Avolon has signed a memorandum of understanding at the Farnborough International Airshow 2012 for 15 Airbus A320neo jets. Avolon becomes a new customer for the Airbus A320neo.

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Middle East Airlines-Air Liban, the flag carrier of Lebanon, has signed a memorandum of understanding for five A320neo and five A321neo jets, and has optioned eight additional A320neo-family aircraft.

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Arkia Israeli Airlines, Israel’s second-biggest carrier, has signed a purchase agreement for four Airbus A321neos at the Farnborough International Airshow 2012. This firm order makes Arkia Israeli Airlines a new Airbus customer and the first carrier in Israel to order the Airbus A320neo family.

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The firm contract is an increase of the previous agreement signed at the 2011 Dubai Airshow for 50 Airbus A320neo-family jets.

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Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris has signed a purchase contract for 30 A320neo jets and 14 A320s, firming up a memorandum of understanding it signed on November 16.

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The order follows a memorandum of understanding which Transaero Airlines signed in August at the MAKS-2011 International Aviation and Space Salon in Moscow.

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The first flight marks the start of the early flight-test campaign to capture data for fine-tuning the flight laws for Sharklet-equipped A320s, as well as for certification and performance validation.

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