The memorandums of understanding for 80 A330neos announced by the three customers on July 15 join with a launch commitment announced by lessor ALC the previous day for 25 A330neos, taking commitments for the new Airbus widebody family to 105 aircraft in the space of two days.

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Airbus has delivered its 8,000th aircraft – an A320 for the Indonesian wing of AirAsia. The Airbus A320 took off from Toulouse on August 3 and arrived on August 5 at its new base in Jakarta.

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ANA Holdings ‒ which is the parent holding company of All Nippon Airways and low-cost airline Peach Aviation, like AirAsia Japan an Airbus A320 operator ‒ signed an agreement with AirAsia Berhad to dissolve the AirAsia Japan joint venture and will acquire AirAsia Berhad’s shareholding in the JV.

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The A320 family’s Sharklets are made from lightweight composite materials and are 2.4 meters (7.9 feet) tall. These newly designed wing-tip devices reduce fuel burn and emissions by improving the aerodynamics of the aircraft significantly.

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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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Delivery of the first Airbus A320 equipped with fuel-saving Sharklets will be made to AirAsia at the end of this year.

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The contract, announced at the Paris Airshow on June 23, is the largest order ever placed for the A320 family and makes AirAsia the biggest airline customer for the Airbus single-aisle product line worldwide.

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Air Asia X is offering introductory NZ$99 (US$73.70) one-way direct flights from Christchurch to Malaysia. When combined with its regular fares on its flights linking Kuala Lumpur with London and Paris, this means Kiwis will be able to fly to Europe for around NZ$1,000 (US$744.50) round-trip, according to the airline.

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