Air New Zealand placed a firm order on June 2 for three Airbus A321neo, 10 A320neo and one additional A320ceo single-aisle jets. On the same day, Delta Air Lines placed a follow-on order for 15 more Airbus A321 current-engine option (ceo) jets to add to 30 it had previously ordered.

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Royal Brunei Airlines has placed a firm order for seven A320neo aircraft along with options on three more, under the latest phase of its fleet modernization program.

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Chinese start-up Qingdao Airlines has taken delivery of its first aircraft, an Airbus A320 equipped with Sharklets, on lease from Hong Kong-based China Aircraft Leasing Company.

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All Nippon Airways’ parent company ANA Holdings is placing firm orders on the airline’s behalf for 70 new aircraft from Boeing and Airbus, Boeing emerging with the bulk of the business in terms of both aircraft numbers and dollar value.

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With the signing of a series of agreements on March 26 in Paris, Airbus and China have laid the foundation for extending their cooperation farther into the future. China Aviation Supplies Holding Company and Airbus have also signed a general terms agreement covering orders for 70 Airbus jets.

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The memorandum of understanding covers firm orders for 37 aircraft, plus options on 13 more. Tigerair’s Airbus A320neo jets will be powered by Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM engines and will be operated by the airline throughout its Asia-Pacific route network.

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The final-assembly process for the Airbus A320neo has begun with the join-up of the forward and aft fuselage sections at the A320 Final Assembly LIne in Toulouse.

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According to Airbus, Kuwait Airways’ order forms part of the airline’s fleet renewal strategy. Kuwait Airways already operates three A320s, three A310s, five A300s and four A340-family aircraft.

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The purchase agreement signed by VietJetAir covers firm orders for 42 Airbus A320neo jets, 14 A320ceo aircraft and seven A321ceos, plus purchase rights for 30 more A320-family aircraft. In addition the airline will lease eight more A320-family jets from third-party lessors.

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Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc. has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to operate as a passenger airline. If successful in its application, it expects to begin soon the process of FAA certification under FAR Part 121.

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Zhejiang Loong Airlines has become the newest Airbus operator in mainland China, having completed its maiden commercial flight with a leased Airbus A320. The carrier has also signed its first order with Airbus, for 11 A320ceo and nine A320neo jets.

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Montreal-based Air Canada has secured commitments, options and rights to purchase up to 109 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The new Boeing 737 MAX jets will replace Air Canada’s existing mainline fleet of Airbus A320-family narrowbodies and at least 20 of its Embraer 190s.

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The order which is expected to result from the MOU is part of Kuwait Airways’ fleet-renewal strategy, according to Airbus.

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American’s first Airbus A321 is scheduled to enter service early next year on trunk transcontinental routes. The airline is dedicating its initial group of A321 deliveries to transcontinental service, mainly to replace aging Boeing 767-200ERs which the carrier now operates on the routes.

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The carrier signed the memorandum of understanding with Airbus on November 18, at the Dubai Airshow 2013. Libyan Wings plans to start offering passenger and freight charter services from the beginning of 2014.

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Etihad Airways’ new Airbus order comprises 40 Airbus A350-900s, 10 A350-1000s, one A330-200F, 26 A321neos and 10 A320neos. It also has taken options on 30 additional Airbus aircraft from these families.

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Together, Lufthansa and fast-growing low-cost subsidiary Germanwings will serve 211 destinations in 81 countries in their forthcoming winter flight schedules, a marginal expansion of services which includes at least one new destination, the Russian resort city of Sochi on the Black Sea.

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When JetBlue Airways is finally able to take delivery of its first Airbus A321, a step which the U.S. government’s partial shutdown has temporarily stymied, the aircraft will debut ‘Prism’ as the latest design to join the New York-based carrier’s line-up of tailfin designs.

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In deals announced at the 15th Aviation Expo China in Beijing on September 25, Airbus has announced orders and commitments from four customers for a total of 160 A320-family jets.

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